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My experience and the collected anecdotal wisdom of all writing coaches whose books I have read is that it takes you some time to get into the flow (so there is a minimum time you must write each session), you get easier into the writing if you write each day, and – this is your question – that the quality of your writing will deteriorate after some time (so ...


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I've written manuals under a Scrum process, so I'll describe what worked for my team. I'm going to treat your task as if you're writing a new book. From your description, you'd be replacing the vast majority of the content anyway, so better to think of it as a new book (for which you might be able to take advantage of the occasional previously-written bit) ...


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In order of descending utility, IMO: Project/feature/bug tracking software, for well-defined product changes. A must. Email notification to other writers (broadcast) that refers to entries in #1 or to a wiki entry describing the doc change. The email summarizes the context & change enough that other writers can tell whether it affects them. The wiki ...


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The comments on your post suggest therapy, and I think it is good advice. This is more than just writer's block or procrastination. It sounds like you have serious anxiety that's triggered by writing. Here are some things you might try if you can't afford a therapist. First, pick a book and copy the text out of it. This will help you get used to the ...


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Gee, I agree with what. You need a specialist. Something that helped me, though (I was a perfectionist, too) is this quote: "Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci Give up perfection. Look at your writing as something that improves incrementally rather than something that is fixed. You can always come back and edit later; something ...


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I don't have any experience with cowriting, so take my advice with a grain of salt. But I have two thoughts: First: If you're relatively new to writing (it sounds like you have yet to write your first novel), then I think there's probably a period of self-discovery and learning ahead of you. If your coauthor says "let's do X", but you don't have the ...



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