Initially I found editing laborious and unpleasant, but on reflection – given how long it takes to craft a draft novel – it’s well worth spending the time and running a fine-toothed comb through anything you write.
For me, the hardest part of this process is leaving it to ‘settle’. By this I mean, putting the work away for long enough that you can come back to it with a ‘fresh pair of eyes’. For Thunder, the settling period has been just over four months. For a shorter work, like this post, it might only be a day or so.
Anyway, to the subject of this post, I set up a playlist whilst I was writing Thunder. Mood music, if you like. I found it helpful. Music is very important to me. It seems to entertain my muse and open up my imagination. I started with a few songs, then added items as the weeks went by and now, of course, I’ve got it playing in the background while I edit.
The final list has eighty-four songs on it, so I’m not going to post them all here! Some are quite popular, some more obscure, and here are the YouTube links to five of my current favourites, in case you’re interested in sampling a musical flavour of what’s coming in the book (don’t forget to skip the ads!)…
No One by Maja Keuc (live performance from the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Finals).
[AB: A Eurovision song… I know…! Nonetheless, it’s a brilliant tune which builds dramatic tension through to an awesome conclusion…]
The Only Hope For Me Is You by My Chemical Romance.
[AB: I especially like the gothic-opening followed by classic MCR, creative, thump-rock, heartbeat-lifting, guitar-pounding energy and – of course – an uplifting, glorious, lyric…]
The Running Free by Coheed & Cambria
[AB: I have to blame a couple of ‘youngsters’ for introducing me to the whacky world of Coheed and Cambria. This is classic rock at its very best… And, what a hook…!]
World’s On Fire by The Prodigy
[AB: Thunder is, at times, an angry book. This track spent quite some time on repeat play…]
And finally, something completely different:
O Mio Babbino Caro by Giacomo Puccini (this version sung by Angela Gheorghiu)
[AB: This is one of my favourite operatic pieces. Simply beautiful… :'( ]
A small but serious post-script: I listen to legitimate copies of these tunes and am sharing these links only in the hope that it supports the promotional interests of the artists involved (Mr.Puccini excepted). Please support fellow artists by avoiding file-shares and other forms of piracy… Thanks. AB.