A Life Worth Editing

I have an interview up on BreakPoint’s website with Donald Miller, who wrote Blue Like Jazz. In it we talk about his new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.

Here’s the short version of what the book’s about: Some movie producers show up at Donald Miller’s door one day wanting to film an adaption of his memoir. But as they begin editing the screenplay, Miller realizes that when he takes the elements of a good story and applies them to his life, there are some important things missing. These realizations lead to a series of changes, and a whole range of insights.

I enjoyed our interview and also the book. In fact, I noted a few lines of it up on my white board—things that have caused me to think. Here are a few:

“If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, then the point of life is character transformation. If the character doesn’t change, the story hasn’t happened yet.”


“A general rule in creating stories is that characters do not want to change. They have to be forced to change. ….It’s the conflict that changes the person… That’s the only way we change.”

As a writer and storyteller, I felt the insights in this book clicking with me in a fresh way.

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