A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While by Donald Miller

By Donald Miller

After writing a profitable memoir, Donald Miller's lifestyles stalled. in the course of what must have been the peak of his luck, he discovered himself unwilling to get off the bed, keeping off accountability, even wondering the that means of existence. but if motion picture manufacturers proposed turning his memoir right into a motion picture, he came across himself embarked on a brand new tale packed with chance, risk, attractiveness, and meaning.

A Million Miles in one thousand Years chronicles Miller's infrequent chance to edit his lifestyles right into a nice tale, to reinvent himself so no one shrugs their shoulders whilst the credit roll. via heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers in the course of the lifestyles that emerges whilst it turns from dull fact into significant narrative.

Miller is going from napping all day to driving his motorbike throughout the US, from dwelling in romantic daydreams to frightened encounters with love, from losing his cash to founding a nonprofit with a passionate reason. Guided by way of a bunch of outlandish yet very genuine characters, Miller indicates us the best way to get a moment likelihood at existence the 1st time round. A Million Miles in 1000 Years is a unprecedented occasion of the wonderful thing about life.

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He closed his laptop and looked around at the empty room. “Brilliant stuff,” he repeated. I went back to the hotel room with two yellow pads full of 46 T he E lements of a M eaningful L ife notes, an actual script of Casablanca that McKee had given us, and the commemorative “Story Seminar” mug, which Jordan had already used as an ashtray. But even after all those lectures, I wondered what a story actually was. I sat on my bed with my yellow pad and sifted through the pages of notes. I picked up Robert McKee’s enormous book and read a few pages before all the words started getting blurry.

This is how I was thinking when we started writing the movie. I had a deadline on a book, but I stopped answering the 28 F lesh and S oul B ette r publisher’s calls. I asked my agent to push the deadline back and got word the publisher was upset. I got word I had a bad reputation, and this scared me. But if I had to write another sentence about myself, about my feelings, I’d vomit. It was nice to think about the movie, then. And I started thinking about the movie the way Steve and Ben thought about the movie.

I’d written the memoir, after all. But I didn’t like thinking about myself anymore. You get tired of thinking about yourself all the time when you’re a writer. Or at least when you write the kind of books I write. It gets wearisome, all the bellyaching and feeling and thinking about the world and how you interact with it. Everything’s a mirror when you’re a writer; the computer monitor is a mirror. Who thinks they are so important they need to write books about themselves? Who are these people who write about themselves, and how did I become one of them?

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