too close familiarity?
I am trying to write a chapter on a rather involved tree life history topic. In the past I have written articles about some of this material; and I have written sections of since-abandoned books on other parts of the material. I find that now, in trying to put it all together to form a more complete story, I am actually hindered by this history of involvement. It's hard to approach it with a fresh mind, and I don't think I can very well stitch together some of the old pieces, because there are stylistic differences in the parts I've already done. What would you do -- go back to the drawing board and tear up everything that's already on paper? Or edit like crazy to merge the pieces together in a hopefully seamless way?