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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 ...
You haven't specified any preferences for format (source or output), and that's going to be relevant. If it's up to you, for your source I recommend a text (not binary-format) markup language -- HTML, XML, LaTeX, or similar. A text source works well with source control, works with grep/find/search, and supports meaningful diff. All of these (assuming a ...
The best way to revise a manuscript depends on at least three things: firstly, what state the text is in e.g. first draft, rough notes, near publication. Secondly, what type of writer you are e.g. first on paper and then type, only type, organise completely in head before commiting a word to paper. Thirdly, how long do you have e.g. it is due tomorrow, it is ...
A common text editor/publishing platform within the (academic) computer scoience community is Latex.
As @yblehS says, Lulu is probably your best bet. I have a book published with Lulu in hard cover and they do a nice, professional job. They have no minimum size on an order so if you just want a handful of copies -- or 1 copy -- that's no problem. You could buy the equipment to professionally bind a book at home for like a couple of thousand dollars. ...
Lulu gets the most recommendations, I've noticed. I think you can buy individual printed copies or bulk orders.
Related question at: 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first? I would say you should definitely start with the macro-issues, the plot/characterization/structure issues that may lead to you re-writing entire chunks of the story. There's no point polishing writing that you're going to end up deleting. After that? I've never gone through an entire ...
Where you want to get to is the text to be consistent with itself. Then you want to have a story that works, at least in terms of gripping the reader and creating enough suspension of disbelieve. All the rest is detail, for later rewrites. You had your blast. Main thing done, getting your thoughts on paper end-to-end. Lotta work left. Have fun!
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