I Almost Quit . . . I was thinking recently about the days of writing my first book,Five Important Things, over 24 years ago. One topic in the book that comes closest to me is the subject this week. You see, I ALMOST QUIT. It wasn't just once or twice; there were several times I almost quit writing this first book. One month into the process, I had a chapter written. In my enthusiasm and exuberance to share this exciting project with others, to show off my writing ability, I handed it to several close friends for their praises. The critiques came back. "The dialogue's a little slow." "It's kind of depressing." "This is just a rough draft, isn't it?" The input from those well-meaning remarks inspired me not to write another word for another three months. In reality, I had quit writing the book.