Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path to Success



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Jen Grisanti
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July 1, 2013
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Become the hero of your own story!

What do you do after experiencing any of life’s major turning points? Drawing on her 20 years as a Hollywood story analyst and experience dealing with her own major life changes, Grisanti tackles that question and more, showing you how to write your story the way you wish it to be — and how to change your life in the process!


About the author
International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.
Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years, and she quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows, including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.


“It’s a genuine delight to see useful, practical tactics for living a happier life coming out of Hollywood screenwriting theory. Change Your Story, Change Your Life mines the screenwriter’s language of motivations, intentions, and goals to show how you can radically reorganize the story of your life. Good screenwriting is good psychology, and it turns out you can actually get a handle on your life problems by approaching them as an ongoing story that you can rewrite and direct for a better effect.”
— Christopher Vogler, Hollywood Development Executive; author: The Writer’s Journey

“Change Your Story, Change Your Life is enlightening and moving, immensely practical in its application, and inspiring in its approach to overcoming the wounds and fears that keep us from what we truly want. But the book’s greatest strength comes from Jen Grisanti’s honesty and vulnerability. In bravely sharing the losses and setbacks that led to her ultimate success, she doesn’t just lead you to your destiny; she takes the journey with you.”
— Michael Hauge, Hollywood story expert and script consultant; author: Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read

“In a sea of self-improvement books, Jen Grisanti’s Change Your Story, Change Your Life uniquely turns the power of storytelling inward to help anyone — everyone — understand that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves can either hold us back or make us truly free. Combining thoughtfulness, years of storytelling expertise, and a bottomless wellspring of humanity and love, Jen opens up about her own struggles and dares us to join with her to write and rewrite the story of us.”
— Jeffrey Alan Schechter, screenwriter; author: My Story Can Beat Up Your Story!

“Who says you can’t be the star of your own movie? In Change Your Story, Change Your Life, Jen Grisanti uses her expertise in story to help readers become the true ‘main characters’ of their own life script. And Jen should know. She lives her own story with such passion and focus that any one who reads her book should easily be inspired to do the same.”
— Pilar Alessandra, screenwriting instructor: On the Page Screenwriting; author: The Coffee Break Screenwriter

“What an ingenious idea — to take the tools and techniques of story structure and apply them to our own lives to help us create and take charge of our own powerful stories! A deeply moving and inspiring read, by one of the brightest and most accomplished people in our industry.”
— Steve Kaplan, creator of the HBO Workspace and the HBO New Writers Program; co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre; author: The Hidden Tools of Comedy

“Reading this wise, insightful, and inspirational book not only helped my writing, it helped me deal with difficult life issues. If it’s true that writing is the best therapy, then this is the therapist we all need.”
— Pamela Wallace, screenwriter; producer; Academy Award-winning co-writer of Witness

“Jen’s first book was one of the most important writing books I’ve ever read. Change Your Story, Change Your Life is one of the most important life books I’ve ever read. It’s also, easily, the best sequel in Hollywood. Except for The Bourne Ultimatum. That was awesome.”
— Chad Gervich, writer: Dog With a Blog, After Lately, Cupcake Wars; author: Small Screen, Big Picture

“Every writer knows that rewriting is infinitely easier than pounding out the first draft. Now in this brilliant book, Jen Grisanti shows us how we can apply the same principles to our own lives, taking a first pass that never quite comes together and turning it into everything we’ve ever wanted it to be.”
— William Rabkin, Executive Producer: Diagnosis Murder; author: Writing The Pilot; Professor of Screenwriting, UC Riverside-Palm Desert

“Jen Grisanti’s brave new book Change Your Story, Change Your Life is the most personal kind of loving gift a writer can offer. Straight from her heart to ours, it’s a work of hope and guidance that reveals a very clear path toward a more meaningful life.”
— Eric Edson, screenwriter; professor; author: The Story Solution

“Use your setbacks to create a more authentic life story. Grisanti’s warm, honest voice, insight, and vulnerability make Change Your Story, Change Your Life exactly what you need to read when life pushes you to change.”
— Kim Hudson, author: The Virgin’s Promise: Writing Stories of Creative, Spiritual and Sexual Awakening

“In fiction, we often see the hero triumph in the end. Why? Because he or she follows the ‘Rules of Story’ and takes an active hand in his or her life. Hollywood story analyst Jen Grisanti gives you a road map to this process in Change Your Story, Change Your Life. Jen knows what she’s talking about. She has lived it herself, in the movie biz and in real life. You don’t have to be a screenwriter to use this terrific, spot-on book. It shows you how to be the hero of your own movie — and take it to a happy ending.”
— Steven Pressfield, author: The War of Art and Turning Pro

“In stories, we know that most of the time the hero will ultimately achieve the goal. In our personal life story… that answer of whether we will achieve our goal is not always so apparent. In her new book Change Your Story, Change Your Life, veteran story executive Jen Grisanti shows us that despite possible setbacks and ‘all is lost’ moments, we have the ability within us to be the hero of our story — not the victim. Jen gives us tools on how we can achieve our goals despite these pitfalls and live the story and life we want to be living.”
— Shawn Achor, author: The Happiness Advantage