Frequently asked Questions
What is The Love Story?
The Love Story Media, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 grounded upon 1 Corinthians 13, that fuses journaling, journalism, and the personal journey, designed to inspire the broken hearted to transform pain into passion, self-destruction into creative expression, and our love loss into the love story. We exist to shift the perception of what pain is–not as something to be ashamed, dismissed, or avoided, but as an opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually, and creatively. For more information visit our “About” page.
What if I’m not religious?
While our foundation was built on 1 Corinthians 13: “…Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.…For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known….” We are not inherently a Christian organization, though we do mention Christ as a foundational principle in Act Three in the parable revealing of God’s grace. We also bring in Taoist, Buddhist, and Jewish principals, as well as Jung and Freud psychology to our programming. We believe simply that love is the answer to hatred. Love is the answer to self-doubt and trauma. If your love comes in the form of atheism, of Wicca/ Paganism, of Islam, of Buddhism or any other religion (or lack there of), you are welcome here. Our goal is self-reflection. Our goal is healing. Your beliefs are a part of that.
What is the refund policy?
100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back anytime. You can keep the books we send.
How do I contact The Love Story?
How will you protect my privacy?
Your information is your own. We ask that you use an alias when submitting journal entries, and change the names of anyone you mention to protect your privacy, and the privacy of others. If you subscribe with us, we ask for your email only so that we can communicate with you in regards to your membership, journal entries, or subscription. You may receive notifications and newsletters from us, but we will never sell your personal information. We are GSR compliant.
Do I own my Journal Entries?
Absolutely, you are welcome to publish your content elsewhere and request it be taken off the site. Anything you write is 100% your work, we are simply a platform for you to share your story.
When can I start?
Anytime! You can either journal on your own time by following the directions inside our journaling portal, you can sign up for “The Mirror Darkly Journaling Session,” which are group journaling sessions, you can also attend a live interactive journaling showcase, where you journal with a live artist performance and open mic candlelight platform, , and/or you can purchase an annual membership to The Producer’s Playbook. The Producer’s Playbook is a more in-depth, structured, and accountable journaling experience with mentorship, lessons, and community support such as complimentary journaling circles year round and pen-pals. For more information on the program, visit the Producer’s Playbook Page.
While Covid-19 is still a threat, we will be offering Donation-based, online journaling sessions that anyone can join. Sessions Are daily. Please, feel free to check our schedule.
What is expressive journaling? How can it help me cope with Heartbreak?
Expressive journaling is the act of writing down your deepest emotions and feelings for the sake of understanding them and yourself better. Expressive journaling can be used to improve your mental and physical health. Baikie and Wilhelm in their article Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, state that long term health benefits of expressive writing include, but are not limited to, lower blood pressure, better lung and liver function, and less illness leading to doctor’s visits. Additionally, expressive writing was noted to help with students’ grade point average, memory, and “re-employment after job loss.” For the full article, visit https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/338full.pdf.
What is Shadow Work?
The shadow is the absence of love. Shadow work is the act of acknowledging and accepting the negative parts of us in order to better our lives. For a more complete definition, you can watch the Shadow Work video on The Love Story.
How Can I Get published?
We offer a series of workshops and programs to get you writing your life story. Our goal is to help you write enough that you will, eventually, have written your memoir, life story, or enough poetry/ fiction to publish a book. Several of our journal-artists have succeeded in their publishing journey. You, as a journal-artist, will have access to speak and work with our published authors to learn important skills when it comes to self-publishing. However, we do not publish for you. We can assist you in your journey by suggesting artists, helping edit, and even leading you through the self-publishing process, but the rest is up to you!