Whilst writing both Grimm and Djinn music played a bit part in my writing.  Not necessarily influencing it, I think, but definitely having some kind of background noise going helps me concentrate and sort of, sets the mood.

I recently did a tally of what I tend to listen to whilst writing and was honestly surprised by how many soundtracks I own, both in CD form and via iTunes.

Here is a list of some of my favourites:

  • 13th Warrior
  • Avatar
  • Bioshock
  • Guild Wars (all of them)
  • Halo
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Inception
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Twilight / New Moon
  • The Music of Hans Zimmer
  • Gladiator
  • The Last Samurai
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Troy

I have probably around 20 more that I have on this massive playlist on my ipod but these soundtracks are great to zone out to.  When they come on (when not writing) my hands sort of twitch in this Pavlovian way that indicate that I have been conditioned.  Soundtracks mean writing time.

These soundtracks will also accompany me whilst I’m doing my edits in the next few weeks.

And I think I’ve come up with a battle plan for revising Grimm.  It will go as follows: (scrabbles for diary)

1. Have edits and rewrites done by end March / beginning April *to go our to beta readers for feedback.

2. Hopefully get those back by end of April for further rewrites over May / June. *

3. Then go a bit crazy.  Have a fit.  Decide I’m useless.  It is all rubbish and awful and it will never sell and that an agent won’t touch me with a barge-pole.

4. Suck it up, and get on with it.  Have it checked again by a few more trusted readers for feedback then with hitlist of agents in hand, I will approach them, ninja-style and ask them if they would be interested in reading my ms.

I like this plan – it gives me a enough time to put out a good product and hopefully I will be able to polish it and make it shine.  As for the asterisks I’ve added to those dates, it just means that these are flexible and can change. 

This is the plan.  Am hoping it will work.