“The writing life is only romantic on paper. The reality is, what writers write and the way they live can be as different as a lump of coal and a diamond. The written life is shined to a deceptive gloss.” -Donald Miller, Scary Close
Donald Miller is one of my favorite writers. I love how he is authentic and vulnerable in his writing. He doesn’t sugar-coat things but let’s it all hang out. He talks about his struggles and his failures. He didn’t marry until he was 42-years old.
“Scary Close” is a book on his fear of intimacy and how he learned to truly love.
I like the quote above because it is so true. In the writing process, there is a carefully crafted “story” that is revealed in writing that may be far from reality and even far from the truth. When I write, I hope that I can authentically share who I am and not get too far down the “deceptive gloss” path that sometimes comes through.
I am just starting this book and I already love it. I will share some of my favorite inspirational quotes here and my thoughts about why I liked them.