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Big neck pain book edit 

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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I’ve completed a top-to-bottom edit of my neck pain book, the first ever. I have always updated it erratically, one topic at a time, so it has grown “organically”… which is a nice way to say “chaotically,” like a messy garden. Of course, I always try to make sure that whatever I’ve added or changed is in sync with the rest of the book, but that’s a tricky chore. And so eventually the whole thing started to feel disjointed, more like a collection of essays about neck pain. I found some chapters that contradicted each other, or awkwardly repeated each other. And I found some that were just old, untouched by updates since the earliest versions of the book, written back when I was nowhere near as good at my job as I am today. A good smoothing was definitely needed.

This took me well over a year, no joke — a couple sessions a week since sometime in early 2017, interleaved with dozens of other writing and programming projects, a productivity war waged on a hundred fronts. That’s a long time to chip away at a project!

And yet this was just an “edit,” mind you, not a true re-write. Many opportunities for more substantive changes were noted for later. Like all my articles and books, it will continue to evolve and improve, and will remain accessible to all past customers forever, with all important changes clearly noted.

And now … on to the next book! Back pain is next up for this treatment. It’s twice as big, so I should be done by late 2021. 🙄

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