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THE CONTENTS OF THIS POST WILL INCLUDE:
About the author
The Writing Process for FURIOUS THING
RELEASE DATE: January 7th 2020
PUBLISHER: David Fickling Books
GENRE (S): Young Adult, Contemporary
PAGES: 378 via KINDLE
SERIES: Stand – Alone
From the critically acclaimed author of Before I Die comes a remarkably affecting story of a girl who burns with anger for reasons she can’t understand, and the power and risk that comes with making noise. Fans of E. Lockhart, Jennifer Niven, and Gayle Foreman will find their own fury in this exceptional novel for our times.
Bad things happen when you’re around, Lex…
That’s what her stepfather tells her. That’s what she believes about herself.
But how can she convince herself and everyone around her that her anger doesn’t make her a monster? If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, she’s determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.
But pushing fury down doesn’t make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface, waiting to erupt. There’ll be fireworks when it does…
An intensely real story of manipulation and identity, Furious Thing is about the slippery slope of manipulation and how one girl can fight to claim back the spaces that belong to her.
1 copy of FURIOUS THING by Jenny Downham (USOnly)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny Downham is a critically acclaimed, international bestseller. Her debut novel, BEFORE I DIE, was short listed for numerous awards in the UK, including the Guardian Award and the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the Branford Boase Award. BEFORE I DIE was turned into a movie called Now is Good starring Dakota Fanning in 2012. Her most recent novel, UNBECOMING, garnered four starred reviews and was an Entertainment Weekly Must List pick. Jenny lives in London with her two sons.
Author Jenny Downham Speaks on her “Writing Process” for FURIOUS THING
I never plot books in advance. I use free writing techniques instead. This is where you write continuously for a set period without worrying about where the words are taking you. Do enough free writing in enough locations over enough weeks and months and a story begins to emerge and themes, characters and location begin to clarify.
Once I’m sure of the story’s direction and tone I begin to work on ‘main event’ chapters. These provide stepping-stones for the whole. For instance, I knew I needed a scene where my main character, Lexi, flouts family rules and has to face the consequences. I wanted a scene where she feels desperately alone and another where she feels hopeful and loved. I take these first draft chapters to my writing group for feedback. It’s incredibly useful to have your story reflected back at you. Early readers often see things you don’t know are there and want to see scenes you might not have considered including. Very useful!
I have a lot of material by now and its easy to lose sight of the main narrative drive. So, I write scene headings on postcards and pin them to a corkboard by my desk. Underneath the heading I can add anything that’s important about the scene. I use it to keep a running tally of everything from character motivation to the weather. Have I got three scenes in a row indoors? Is it time for one outside? Has it ever rained in my story? Is someone getting too much stage time? I often throw the cards in the air and then pick them up and put them back in a different order. It can help to view the story through a new angle. What if chapter one actually belongs at the end?
I also use ‘long paper.’ I buy a roll of plain wallpaper and draw/write/scribble the story’s plot all over it. I use pictures, charts, maps, diagrams – whatever works. Sometimes I tell the story as a ‘performance’ for a friend and let them interrupt if they get bored or don’t understand.
I often feel as I’m chasing the story and it’s hiding from me. But there comes a time when I see it very clearly and everything clicks into place. The last few weeks of writing feel like a wonderful rush down a hill. There’s a certainty to it. This is my favorite time in the writing process.
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