[Humanist] 28.184 on collaborative writing

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Mon Jul 7 04:15:39 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 184.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:06:27 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: on collaborative writing

Those here who collaborate or are only interested in the subject of 
collaboration will be interested in the CRASSH blog posting by Joe 
Parent and Joe Uscinski for 19 June, "Of Coauthoring" 
(http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/blog/post/of-coauthoring). These co-authors 
note six "things that worked for us--many of which worked for us after 
not doing them definitely didn't work":

1. Ground rules first ("nailing down how the labor and credit will be 
2. Things fall apart (projects tend to get out of hand; life intervenes)
3. It's not about you (managing relationships is the key to success)
4. Trust your partner ("Coauthors come together because they're 
5. The infinite veto ("authors can block any material they're 
uncomfortable with")
6. Don't track changes ("the track changes function... bears the cloven 
stamp of Satan")

Comments? How much of this applies to collaborative project

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney

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