Saturday, January 02, 2010

December Reading: Getting a Life with Donald Miller

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, by Donald Miller.

The charmingly narcissistic GenXer who wrote Blue Like Jazz is approached about making a film of that book, and in the process of working with the screenwriters (and exploring the world of story in general) he starts to see the shortcomings in his own life. Who is "Don"? What's his motivation? Where is the plot going? How is his character developing?

Miller decides that sitting around writing about the things in his daydreams is not enough, compared to the real life that’s passing him by (somewhat). “Million Miles” is both fun and thought-provoking. I read it fast sitting in a comfy chair at my favorite bookstore, but look forward to re-reading it more slowly.

For a taste of all this, check out Friday's post on Don's blog: Living a Good Story, An Alternative to New Year's Resolutions.

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