Back in 2008, someone told me that as a blogger, I should write a book. I had been blogging for a few years and the idea sounded compelling. I had written a lot of posts and figured that I could just combine them into a longer document. I had heard that time boxing could help me get a book done. I decided to give it a try.
However, when I sat down to write, I decided to try a little experiment. I am a big fan of the writer, Og Mandino. He wrote fiction. His motivational stories of a human ragpicker changed my life.
I knew I had written a lot of non-fiction blog content. I felt confident that I could write a non-fiction book, but I questioned myself; could I write fiction? Could I write a story with emotion and conflict and even disaster, like Og did? Could I go from just facts and figures to one with a plot, places, and characters?
I decided to find out.
I got a cup of coffee, a pen, and paper, and found a quiet place on the couch.
I set a timer for fifty minutes of uninterrupted time and picked up the pen.
My mind was blank.
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