Staring Down Editing

It’s a funny thing, editing, that is.  Our first draft, once finalized, in our minds is the masterpiece of a lifetime.  We can read it a dozen times or so after writing that first sentence and marvel at what have just created.

The reality is that it’s usually a pile of shit.

And it isn’t until our editor slams the document down filled with red marks, notes, and a hatred look in their eyes, do we realize that yup, first drafts sometimes suck.

We, as authors, can dream the dream of writing the perfect first draft, and that’s okay.

I just got done with the second round of edits on The Failed.  The last round, which is two read throughs for any super tiny errors, starts today. 

This editing was horrible, well, the writing was, not the editing.  My editor did an amazing job on the book. 

The Failed started last summer and came back to life this past summer, and now it’ll see the world.  The contrast between how I wrote then and now is staggering, but in a good way.  I’ve grown, and gotten better.

But the editing… wow… that hurt.  And to keep myself alive during editing, I reminded myself that for every line, scratch mark, suggestion, cut out, add in, whatthefuckisthepointofyourbook?, it only makes the book that much better.

Nobody’s perfect, not on the first draft.

The more you have to fix, the better it’ll be.

And if that’s the case, The Failed, may just well be my best book yet.


The Failed is my upcoming horror novel about a new serum that’s been invented to cure any and all diseases.  The D8-C10 injection is designed to revive dead cells to help fight off anything from the common cold to cancer.  Lab tests show that it actually works.

Once tested on humans, something happens. 

The humans die.

But the D8-C10 doesn’t. 

It does its job, reviving dead cells… all of the dead cells, thus bringing the person back to life.  But it’s not the same person.  It’s a creature.  A creature that understands one thing:  pain.  As the D8-C10 revives the cells, it grows, wanting out.  Wanting to spread.  So the dead, now back to life, search to rid their pain… by killing humans.

This is The Failed.


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2 Responses to Staring Down Editing

  1. Karen Haight says:

    Red sent me! =]

  2. Red Tash says:

    We’re our own hardest critics, outside of those eaten up with jealousy. Keep at it!

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