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Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story is a practical and spiritual guide to drawing upon your own story and fictionalizing it into your writing. As a Story Consultant and former VP of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount, most of the author’s work with writers has focused on creating standout scripts by elevating story. The secret to telling strong story is digging deep inside yourself and utilizing your own life experiences and emotions to connect with the audience.

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I wrote Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story for anyone who has a story they want to write but are not sure which platform to write it in.  We are all storytellers.  We all have a story.  After working as a studio executive for over 15 years and learning from the top players in the business, I wrote this book to help writers understand how to "develop" their story.

One writer mentioned that my book takes off where "Save the Cat" left off.  This was a huge compliment.  She said that Blake's book showed her how to structure her story while my book shows her how to develop it.

I came into my story philosophy after recognizing the common thread between all the shows that were nominated for Emmys, Golden Globes and Oscars.  I want to be able to teach writers that they too can write from this place and achieve great heights in their writing careers.
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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; F First Edition Used edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907896
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I finished reading "Story Line" a few days ago, and it is definitely a must-read for aspiring writers, professional writers, as well as individuals who are looking for a spiritual guide. Jen's approach to storytelling is unique; instead of merely dispensing advice, Jen talks about her life experiences and favorite movies and TV shows to tie in and illustrate the concepts she presents. Reading this book is like having a close friend give you uplifting advice. It's not condescending, and her "log line for your life" method really works!

Because Jen makes the effort to personalize her own experiences and create her own story, it's easy for the reader to connect with her on a personal level. The spiritual aspect is quite fascinating and is a welcome addition. As someone who has met Jen and who attends the Friday Night Drink events she co-hosts, I can definitely say that I'm satisfied with her book and look forward to working with her as a client in the near future.

This is money well-spent, and I cannot recommend this book enough.
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The publisher sent me a review copy of Story Line when I was in the middle of writing a nonfiction book about the ways people handle personal crisis.

As I wrote about different kinds of crisis, memories and emotions from my past threatened to overwhelm me. I was experiencing what Grisanti would call 'the power of my life story.'

Story Line helped me understand that what I was experiencing was the raw emotional energy of my own life story. Story Line helped me channel this energy and improve my writing.

Although Grisanti's book is directed at script writers, I found the principles useful for nonfiction, as well.

Highly recommended.
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Nobody knows story better than Jen Grisanti. Her extensive background as a studio exec has started a movement of looking at the rigorous requirements of writing for television at work in the story of our own lives. I had many ah-ha! moments while reading this book (I'm very late with a review), and obviously so did others. Since reading this last year the concept of one's life story is spreading through the blogosphere with those blogging about self-development and personal power. Jen started a movement, and deserves credit for her breakthrough.

I came across this book while learning more about writing for TV and thought her eye was so spot-on with story that I took her Teleseminar. Her ability to read a script and laser in on its strengths and weaknesses was amazing to witness. She has the same uncanny ability for guiding people and business through the labyrinth of their own challenges. However, she is not ego-driven or threatened by the opinions of those she guides. She's insistent that you have to do the work, but never bullies anybody into doing it her way or the highway. As long as you're willing to do the work, she's there to guide, and I can't think of a better place to start mining the brilliance of this woman than with this book. Her voice here is as non-hostile as her consultations and Teleseminar. It's very comforting and liberating.

I'd recommend this book to anybody interested in story structure (boy, is it ever complex for TV!) and how it applies to writing the script of one's own life. It's an awesome book.
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Just finished reading Jen's wonderful book. Truly inspiring -- the most original and powerful methodology I've come across in quite a while. Jen rightly understands that strong writing comes from life experience and universal emotions, and this book brings the worlds of writing and living into splendid symbiosis, with appreciation and understanding of each enriching the other. I particularly related to one of her end-of-chapter exercises where she urges the reader to pause at those moments in a film that are emotionally powerful and to analyze WHY they are so powerful. I've been doing this, off and on, for years, but never really connected my own life experience with that process. Am eagerly looking forward to examining some of my favorite films in this new light, as well as applying Jen's powerful tools to my own screenwriting. If you want to bring your life and your writing into sync, and take your storytelling ability to a whole new level, this is the book for you.
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Better late than never - I just got and read this book. Or rather inhaled it. It speaks to everything any writer at any level needs to know to improve their writing. And it does so in a very simple, logical way. With relevant and current examples and Jen's guidance (in a voice that seems to be talking to you as if she's known you for years), she takes you through each step in writing or rewriting your script. I was able to take my pilot script to the next level. No, more than the next level - at least ten levels beyond what I thought I was capable of. Truly, this book has done more for my writing than an M.F.A did. She's used her past experience working with writers to see what it is, exactly, that makes a great script, and then deduced an answer. It sounds simplistic, I know, but it speaks to the heart and truth found in all good writing. It's when we get away from this that the problems begin. And the endless fixing, revising, etc. I am so happy and grateful to have this book and I can't wait for her to publish her next.
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