A few Soundwave Wednesdays ago, I wrote about listening to music from the Regency Era while writing fiction set in that period.
But when it comes to editing, however, I shift over to some more contemporary instrumentals. Working with lyricless tracks in the background is helpful when I’m to maintain my concentration as I’m expanding a narrative passage or refining a character’s dialogue. I’m able to stay more focused on the words I’m writing than those being sung.
My editing background music can range from electronic dance music to film soundtracks, depending on both my mood and that of the scene I’m editing. A chase or fight may be scored by a video game’s soundtrack whereas I find the instrumentals of a drama to be more fitting for scenes where there is a more extensive conversation is to be had.
The scene I have been editing most recently is nearer to the latter variety. At this point in the novel, one of the protagonists has come to realize he has developed a certain affection for another character, and he is not pleased with himself for having this fondness towards her. This chapter has him admitting this to his valet, as he has been both his most trusted advisor and accomplice for the course of the story, and there is an overall somberness to it because his falling in love with her was never part of the plan and something he wishes had never come to pass, yet he does not wish to put an end to his feelings even though there is a part of him that knows it would be best.
As this character is a pianist, I’ll often listen to piano instrumentals while editing scenes where he is featured.
A particular favorite of mine is a piece called Tampa performed by Heinz Goldblatt. I very much like the softness of this piece, which I find fitting for both the character and the scene I’ve been editing.
Give it a listen below!