Thursday, July 27, 2017

Taking the High Road by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” You may remember its closing lines:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Often in our writing career, we come to a fork in the road, as described by Frost in his magnificent poem. One fork I call the High Road and the other fork I call the Low Road.

The High Road is the road of integrity and virtue, the road marked by obedience to God’s way of conducting our writing career. The Low Road is the road of compromise and rebellion, the road marked by disobedience to God’s way of conducting our writing career.
For example, there are times in our writing career where we may be tempted to water down the Gospel for the purpose of landing a contract. Or we may be tempted to stretch the limits of decency in the language or content of the fiction we write. Whatever the temptation, we have a choice to take the High Road or the Low Road.
Are you at a crossroads in your writing career now?  Are you trying to decide which road to take as you move forward in your journey? Are you being tempted to compromise God’s Word for the sake of a sale? If so, I urge you to take the High Road, the road marked by integrity and virtue. The road that will not allow compromise for the purpose of success.
The road that glorifies God.
And that will make all the difference not only in your writing, but also in your life.
Copyright 2014 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All rights reserved.
Originally published in the
Christian Authors’ Network (CAN) blog.
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of riveting fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest release, A Sicilian Farewell, is Book 2 in the Italian Chronicles Trilogy. The idea that sparked the trilogy was an event in the life of MaryAnn’s paternal great-great-grandmother. Book 1 of the trilogy, The Madonna of Pisano, was released in 2015. Book 3, Return to Bella Terra, will be released in December 2017, Lord willing.

When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, paint, and play the piano and cello. She resides in New Jersey with her husband of 47 years. They are blessed with two precious adult daughters and five rambunctious grandchildren. You can learn more about MaryAnn and her writing at