>>93989456REMOVE SUITCASE NEXT Should've been McCain but I get that it's probably a reference to those pages she redid>>93989538>should the abuse be comedic at this point in time?
A lot of the comedy of the abuse not that it was really funny
came from the visuals, which you can't really replicate in writing. I'd say just play it straight but have nobody really call it out or mention it. I remember that a lot of the time in volume one, other characters gave Mike just as much shit as Lucy did, especially Paulo. Maybe try to showcase that he gets shit from everyone, without overdoing it of course, so that it makes sense that he doesn't see it as unusual. While he should get tired of it later, initially I don't think he should really react at all to being hit.
Can't really speak for the plot you suggested, I've always been better at discussing characterization than other stuff.>Maybe the pets are imaginary? Maybe not???
Depends on how far ahead into the plot you've thought. If you still plan on including her suicide attempt and Mike going to the hospital, then they should be real so that Mike just leaving after he finds out what happens makes sense. If you're going to retool that whole shebang, then I'm not sure. You'd also have to remove Mike and Blur's relationship since he's not supposed to be crazy in the same way as Lucy.
I prefer them to be real but that could be just me.>Mike and Lucy reconcile, everything is okay?
Maybe take this in smaller steps, since we still don't really have their relationship nailed down yet. I'm not sure how else the plot would end though.
Writer's block is a real bitch, but the best thing to do is just write, honestly. Your idea for Mike having to cover for her is pretty decent for a first real plot, and you could always tweak it as you go along. As long as you have a firm grasp of the characters things should fall into place as you go.
Hope this helps