Let’s have a chat about feelings.
Emotions are all over Uptown Girl ‘The Lazarus Heart’. The characters (and not just the main three) are all having feelings of betrayal, loss, jealousy, love, confusion, angry and sadness. I probably missed a few, as well.
If you’ve been reading Uptown Girl for a while, you know that I put a lot of myself in the books. The three main characters reflect parts of me. Rocketman is the impulsive, never-thinking-things-out part of my personality, Ruby is the cynical, sarcastic side, and Uptown Girl is the more even keel, reasonable part of my life. Often I wrestle with these sides throughout the day so it’s cathartic to work things out that I think about in my comics. Doing this has helped me become very attached to my characters and I think my love and respect for them shows through in stories. This attachment made it very difficult to make the decision to end the series but in the end, I think readers need to know the writer loves the characters too. I fully understand why J.K. Rowling got very emotional when she killed off characters in the Harry Potter books.
As the book reaches the end, tensions are high, feelings are at their most intense and things are coming to a head before their ultimate resolution. Some of the characters are acting selfishly, some are hurting others, and some, well some are just furious like our friend Ruby up there.
Ruby gets angry in this book. She is dealing with a lot in this book and something puts her over the edge. The something is a very big thing, but her anger has been bottling up for a while and she just…rips into someone. The character she is furious with just…backs down. Truly sorry, the character is moved to tears and shows a vulnerable side to them we haven’t see in…well, ever.
It’s almost…painful to write my characters like this. Every character means every word they say, for good and for bad. Lately the book is taking a lot out of me and it’s been hard to go back each night and write more. Two characters got into a fight a while ago and it was challenging to keep going and keep writing that scene. These days I finish a page and I am emotionally exhausted. I know it might sound kind of stupid but I think we’ve all emotionally connected to a fictional character and they become very real to us. Getting emotionally connected to a character that you’ve created and that you write is all of those emotions plus more.
I look forward to wrapping up the book for many reasons. One reason has to do with the normal stress or writing a book and hoping that you wrote a good story and that it makes sense with no plot holes. The stress of drawing the book is also part of it. I have…concerns that the book is not as well drawn as I hoped it would be, but since the book is very emotionally driven and filled with drama, I think the art might be all right after all. But the main reason is that I am looking forward to resolving a lot of the issues the characters have with each other right now. I look forward to writing the scenes where they can hug it out.