So, what story are you writing?
I'm not talking about your book. We'll talk about that on Friday.
But with your life. What's your story?
Is it a romance? Mystery? Weird sci fi? Latest teen craze?
It's interesting to me to think of living my life as writing a story. It's such a perfect metaphor... and I talk about living stories... but I didn't see it until recently.
Miller talks about his journey of examining his life as he edited his memoir for a movie. He and his colleagues started re-writing his story when he realized the sad truth: that the reality of his life wasn't a good story. So he set out to make it a better one. And the tale he began to weave included hiking the Inca trail in South America and biking across America.
Which definitely made me think of my life. I've lived good stories, as is iconic episodes. But I think as a whole, it's been pieces... separate chapters... not a fluid story. Part of this goes with the whole perspective thing that comes with where I am in life. But part of it is stuff that I'm thinking through and working on as I write this.
That being said, I got my contest results back last week and would like to talk about them. They fit nicely with this whole Donald Miller lightbulb moment. So come back Friday... let's talk about writing our stories, as in our novels.
For now, I want to know how you write your life. Who are the main characters? What are the main themes? What's the conflict?
My story right now: missions, writing, and friends. Laughter. Coca-cola, sunshine, and tiger lillies. Starry nights, a silly poodle, and candles that smell like October. A Nikon d40, dreams of the future, and a car that can't decide what color it is. Stress, traveling adventures, and P90x. Jesus.
There's more, but I'm too sleepy to think anymore.
See you Friday!
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