Starting tomorrow I have three weeks of flat out editing on Book 2 ahead of me, and we all know what that means, don’t we? PLAYLIST. I learned to write to music during the last two years doing Nanowrimo – words with lyrics are just fine, the louder and faster the better, anything to make the typing speed up. I haven’t been doing so much writing with music lately, but editing is another matter.
Editing has to be swift and merciless, for me. I need harsh deadlines and a good beat to set the pace. If I go over a manuscript too many times (for structural type stuff, you can never check for typos too many times) then the whole thing starts crumbling and fracturing, like over-beating a cake mixture.
Also, when it comes to editing, how do you know when to stop? It can always be improved, right? For me, it’s all about boundaries. And a kick ass PLAYLIST.
In preparation for tomorrow, then, here are the songs I will be banging my head to while I plough through the work I have to do, Making Book Better. They all have a few things in common: they are fierce, feisy, fast and oh yes, made of awesome. Some of these are old faithfuls, some are character-specific and others are newly added to the ranks of Songs I Can Edit To
See you on the other side…
Edit – Regina Spektor
Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
Scared As F**k – An Horse
Dance for Me – Pony Up!
Look Good In Leather – Cody Chesnutt
Paris Is Burning – Ladyhawke
I’m Going Slightly Mad – Queen
Coin Laundry – Lisa Mitchell
Untouchable Face – Ani DiFranco
We’re All In This Together – Pony Up
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
Back to the Start – Lily Allen
Foundations — Kate Nash
No Air (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast
Sancho Panza – Hello Saferide
God’s Gift To Women – Kate Miller-Heidke
Sour Cherry – The Kills
Leeds United – Amanda Palmer
Meet Me in the Red Room – Amiel (Moulin Rouge 2)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Our Daughters Will Never Be Free — The Indelicates
Dusk Til Dawn — Ladyhawke
My Baby Just Cares For Me — Nina Simone
New Art For the People – The Indelicates
Burning Down the House – Tom Jones & The Cardigans
Does He Love You? – Rilo Kiley
One Week — Barenaked Ladies