What’s Coming Up for Storyline!

Donald Miller

We’ve let the ground settle for a couple months around here. It’s an important process, I believe, to let the ground recover from years of harvesting. And now we’ve planted the seeds that will soon break the ground and we couldn’t be more excited.

The writing life really is like farming. If you keep planting and harvesting the soil without letting it rest, the crops suffer.

In an age where everybody is competing for attention, a sense of panic can set in and we end up producing material that feels rushed and forced and written from a place of desperation rather than creative inspiration. But quality will win in the long run. And to create quality, you have to let the soil recover.

What you can expect from me over the next six months is a lot of new crops. I’ll be releasing a Storyline book that is, essentially, a personal development guide. I’ve taken the three years of conferences we’ve done about living a better story and distilled the process into eight modules that, once completed, will give you a life plan centered around experiencing a meaningful life. But it won’t just be a book. When you order the book, you’ll get free access to an online dashboard in which you can enter and share your story with the world. The process is designed to “lock in” the changes you’ve made so you’re more likely to execute your plan.

Not only this, but the whole process is going to be cost effective. Actually, you won’t believe how accessible we are making it for everybody. We can’t wait.

This blog will also be changing. We have invited some well-known writers to contribute along with some lesser-known writers who, we feel, are destined for the best-sellers list. And I’ll still be blogging regularly so you’ll be hearing a great deal from me, too.

We will also be announcing a new Storyline Conference that will take place in San Diego in February of next year. It’s going to be our biggest, most ambitious conference yet. Once again, we are taking Storyline to the next level. And yet as always, the conference is focused on helping you live a better story. We won’t be doing the shotgun approach, we are the rifle conference, the conference that hones down on your story and where you fit in God’s overall epic.

We are hoping against hope to have all the changes up and running in August. We will be sending out an e-mail when the changes are launched.

We are eager to bring you great new material and create community around the concept of living a better story. Thanks for being patient as we let the ground recover.

Talk with you soon,



Donald Miller

Donald Miller

Donald Miller has been telling his story for more than a decade, now he wants to help you tell yours. Heโ€™s helped over 1,000 companies clarify their message through the StoryBrand Workshops. For an introduction to what heโ€™s doing now, check out the 5 Minute Marketing Makeover.

  • Don, I look forward to reading your new book. I have you as one of my regular authors to read as you really challenge me and the way I see things. I love you creativity and honesty with you life. I am excited to see the new book as I haven’t been able to make it to one of your conferences.

  • Canada 2013 or 2014?

    • Sara

      Yes come to Canada! Toronto please ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Oh, yes, Canada, please!! Michiganders need something closer than Nashville.

    • Scott Russell

      A first step would be getting the new book to Canada. Amazon won’t ship allllll the way across the imaginary line.

  • Kim Bruce

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Tina

    I like that picture. And I look forward to the guest posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JT


    Would you by chance be looking for eager life livers to join your team? If so, where and how would one apply?

    • Don

      not just yet, but we are exploring all kinds of opportunities for folks to get involved. thanks so much, jeffery.

  • Amy

    I am looking forward with much anticipation – Storyline was life-changing for me.

  • RMW

    Oh YEAH! San Diego!!! CanNOT WAIT. Well done – excellent choice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ooh, ooh, this all sounds most excellent!
    And I so agree about respecting the writing process like farming and allowing the soil to recuperate and not just producing content for the sake of ‘being productive’ – how awesome that you not only point this out for others, but live by it as well. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your new book sounds fascinating and life-altering – yippee, can’t wait!
    Gratitude to you for doing your important work. Rock on.
    Hugs and sparkles,
    Hollie Olivia

  • Don, exciting to hear that you have a new book almost ready to hit the shelves. I was greatly impacted by the ” A Million Miles” and have shared the book and its principles with lots of my friends and family. There are so many levels and application, even after many rereads I am still finding new ideas. I’m sure you are aware, there are many followers of your writing here in England and it would be great to know if you are ever travelling this way and may bring โ€œStoryline” this way? Looking forward to finding out more soon….

  • Holly Bazan

    I’m delighted! Glad to hear from you again.

  • DevinC

    Don, excited to hear you are helping people live their lives through your creativity and appreciate the positive influence you’ve had on my own through your writing. In my coming to know Christ you have helped along the way by connecting the dynamic of the gospel with the culture we live in and what it means to be a person of sincere and authentic faith. Every book you have written has been profoundly relevant, which you hear a lot I’m sure. I have to play devil’s advocate here though. In your earlier writing you speak strongly about the futility of shaping your life or beliefs around a formula or a “how-to” guide on life. When I read in this post “distilled the process into eight modules that, once completed, will give you a life plan centered around experiencing a meaningful life.”, it makes me wonder where you’re going with all this. I don’t doubt the sincerity of it all, I just hope that at the heart of the new stuff there is room to live
    in the day to day obedience and flexibity of following the spirit without our own plans getting in the way, if that makes sense?

    • Devin, I just had to give you a pat on the back for being such an encouraging, humble, and straight talking brother here. Your words for Don are a blessing to us all.

      God’s peace alone…

  • Jennifer

    So do you think the book will hit shelves as of August? Just possibly going to use the storyline material as a small group for church. So I was trying to figure out if materials would be in, in time to use them for beginning of September. Super excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Donald,

    Love what you all are doing and excited to get the book when it comes out. I’ve been working with my personal story for a while now and have been studying the overall story concept and ideas. I love the focus you have on “living a better story”, have you thought about producing material that helps people discover or re-discover that they first have a story and then are able to begin reflecting on their past and present story?

  • I am so first in line. The transition is what’s important put so many pieces in place in my life going rich to poor, married to widowed, mother of seven to alone.

    I guess it’s God’s sense of humor that finds you in a long one in terms of “home.” Why does obedience often feel like punishment?

    Take care,
    Francine Phillips

  • Sounds great..thanks for your passion. Always excited to see what you have in store.

  • You’re so rightโ€”writing really is like farming. You have to step away from the work you’ve done and then return to it after it’s had time to rest (and you’ve had some time to rest also). I often feel pressured to complete a piece of writing as soon as possible, so I appreciate this reminder that it’s okay to slow down and let my writing rest. Thank you.

  • Ryan Hanewinkel

    I will really miss the simple blog that you did. I’m a little confused about the story line book(?) It sounds a bit formulaic from an after I read Blue Like Jazz and Searching for God Knows What perspective…. Not trying to be a hater, just being honest. Perhaps I am confused concerning the significance of life mapping, etc… It feels a little bit like these new enterprises are embracing some of the strategies that were debunked in the other books, in the name of progress and accomplishing something. Maybe a simplicity lost? Could be I am misunderstanding the entire thing…


    • I did not follow the blog until recently, but it seems as though Don has taken advice and direction of other bloggers such as Michael Hyatt. I too prefer the simple. I try to keep my own blog specific to writing as a form of therapy, although I do wonder a bit into other areas at times.

  • I understand the writing process. The farming metaphor is good. Traveling has also been a factor in my writing ebb and flow. I’m in the process of writing a trilogy. The first book is about forgiving the enemies of my past. I was a child victim of a cult. The book is “A Train Called Forgiveness” and available at amazon. Funny thing is, I’ve been a songwriter since I was young. But for the past few years I must be working the soil of song. I believe when the song-muse returns I’ll be writing at a level a notch higher than the last batch of songs. Writing, unlike farming can produce a better crop every year with constant honing.

  • Tracia Nordquist

    I am really excited to hear how Storyline is evolving and look forward to the opportunties to be more involved. I would love for a Storyline conference in Michigan(Grand Rapids), until I relocate to the CA area ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah

    Perfect. I’ve been looking for a reason to go to California (and hang out with some hippies). I will see ya there, Don.

    • Rick

      Sara, you are going to have to go much further north in the state to find “hippies” ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love the analogy about farming. Super helpful. Great reminder. Thank you, sir!

  • Angela

    Oh Don….soil doesn’t need a rest! Do you rip up your lawn to give it a break? But I understand what you’re trying to get at and I wish you all the best.

  • excited for the way things are unfolding for you. watching other’s til the soil God has given them is b e a u t i f u l! thanks for helping do that with me.

  • Ryan Adams

    Hi Don. Just wondering if you can give skittle more specific timeline in when the story line book is going to come out? I’m wanting to do it with the team I coach for next season. I actually made 4 sessions/ lessons from your “thousand miles…” book about living an Epic story and it really related well to our guys for heir lives and for our season. So fhe book/ onlinwow ruff would be a great progression. We are actually using it for our summer camp spiritual curriculum with athletes in action rigt now as well.
    I find the kids really relate well too the idea of story. We have taken the approach of “Living EPIC”. How, if we take the elements that make up epic movies and apply them to our own lives we too can live Epic lives, which god has called us to do. Anyways, I have made info a 5 day/ session curriculum and would be happy to share it with you to do what you want with it since its mostly from your stuff.
    Thanks for all your hard work!

    • Ryan, I love that.

    • That’s great Ryan. I’ve been to the conference and read the book a while back and I too have used quite a bit of it with my teaching and coaching. I would love to know what you did specifically.

      I hope someday my son will have a coach who is as thoughtful and intentional as you. The investment you are making in those kids will change their lives. Thanks for being that kind of man and coach! We need so many more like you.

  • Melisa

    Hi Don,
    At some point you talked about taking online classes and I can’t remember the website you mentioned. I’ve looked at the website in the past, but must not have bookmarked it. Hopefully your memory is better than mine.

  • Jeremy Crook

    Don, I picked up Blue Like Jazz a few weeks ago for the first time since I read it a few years ago. The read was good and I didn’t want it to end. I’ve read every book you’ve released on ibooks in the last week or two and want you to know how thankful I am. It’s because of your genuine writing craft that I have finally put pen to paper and started writing my first book that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of years. I can’t wait for Story Line and hope that there will be a conference in the “Bible Belt” so me and all my friends can come say hello. Read Love Does after reading about how you met Bob Goff and it only compiled my excitement and determination to live a story worth telling – to trust God gives us gifts to love others and bring meaning into the world in our specific forum. Thanks for everything and God Bless.

  • Rick

    Coming to San Diego? Awesome, can I register now? ๐Ÿ™‚ I was looking to travel to Nashville or wherever for the seminar. Now it will be right here!

  • Yaaaaay!!!

  • JemBeta

    Woohoo SD! Great choice, please let me know how I can help promote it. Allot of Military transitioning out, like my husband and have New Stories to create.

    Thanks so much for your work and heart!
    Jem, Mike & Mufasa

  • Jeff

    I had heard of Blue Like Jazz for several years, and actually still need to pick up a copy to read. Looking forward to it. I found the blog after a quick search, having just read and laughed through the first chapter of Searching for God Knows What. I found it somewhat humorous to read about “8 modules that will give you a life plan centered around experiencing a meaningful life” after just having finished said first chapter . . . “Fine Wine: The Failure of Formulas.” I know you are not offering formulas, just a community/arena for people to understand and share their stories. I do appreciate your honest and straightforward writing style, and reiteration that our story is just part of The Story. It just made me chuckle a bit.

    Being the father of 3 girls, the oldest of whom will now be 500+ miles away at school, I have been struggling with not having given her enough “tools for success” as she will be more on her own. I’ve been frantically (yet honestly) writing in the “Daddy” journal I bought for her 10 years ago. I am not sharing any “steps to follow” per se, just trying to share my love and hope for her. I will be passing along your Searching for God Knows What book to her. I think it will appeal to this college-bound daughter who will be starting college in San Diego (leaving today ;<[) . . . Maybe we'll make it to the conference in February.

    • Jeff

      Definitely will be at the conference…it will be at Point Loma where she will be at school !