Book Review – Finding the Core of your Story by Jordan Smith


Author Jordan Smith sent me a copy of his book, Finding the Core of your Story, when I did an interview article with him several months ago. I was intrigued by the concept, but was busy with other projects at the time, so I sat it on a shelf and forgot about it. Until yesterday. We’re working on our new film, “The Good Book”, and we needed a logline. So I pulled out Jordan’s book, and I’m glad I did. It was exactly what I needed.

The subtitle of Finding the Core of your Story is “How to Strengthen and Sell Your Story in One Essential Sentence”. This compact book is designed to help screenwriters and novelists understand the essence of their story and communicate it effectively with others.

Jordan begins by explaining exactly what a logline is, then telling us how to create a logline, and finally helping us know what to do with our logline. With a conversational style of writing, you can breeze through it in a hurry if you’re a fast reader like me. But don’t be mislead. Jordan packs plenty of information in those 105 pages. He walks us step by step through the writing process, gives us concrete examples from familiar movies, and even provides exercises to get our brains rolling in the right direction. In fact, by the time I’d finished the book, I’d gone from completely clueless to how to explain our new movie to having a finished logline.

So here it is:

The Good Book: A tiny Testament finds its way into the hands of ten strangers and provides hope during their struggles.

Thank you Jordan!

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