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Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story Paperback – March 1, 2011
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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.
From the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written with great ideas for novice or established writersPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have to admit I hadn't read Jen's work but knew of her and, in the past year, have actually gotten to know her when we appeared at a conference together. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rebelrona
Did not read all of it but great nuggets of wisdom along the writer's journey. I found what I needed and moved on.Published 15 months ago by underglass
If you want to learn how to write, if you want to become a better writer no matter your skill level, or if you just want to find a new way of looking at your story, then you have... Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by JZinone
Sometimes as a screenwriter it is difficult to come up with material. You may struggle with character development or just have a tough time coming up with a piece of story to... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Forris B. Day
Once you start reading Story Line, it's of those books you feel like you've been waiting for your entire life!Published on May 29, 2014 by Racheal Seymour
I am a writer who has been a client of Jen’s for over a year. I’m unabashedly biased about her expertise, wisdom and extraordinary skills as a writing coach. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Ms. T. E. Goldston
I LOVE this book! The chapters really flow, and spark ideas. The exercises solidify those ideas and allow you to explore them further. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Kimberly M.
What It's About: Story Line is a unique book for writers that functions like a writer's journey through their own personal story as they pick up ideas along the way. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Tom Farr