The Most Influential Women In Writing: 5 Lessons From Women In Film

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Into The Script welcomes a brand new Guest Post today from Jenny Schwender!

So without further ado, let's hand over to Jenny and learn the five lessons she has sourced from inspirational female filmmakers!

There are a LOT of incredibly inspirational women in the film industry with amazing things to say. However, I have handpicked five female writers who were all part of the reason I decided to get into writing in the first place.

We all love us some motivational quotes, so I have included one by each of those wonderful women, and will talk about in what ways they inspire me and what I think you could also take from them. 

Let’s get into it!

Camilla Blackett

“It’s just that you’re allowed to do whatever you want, you’re allowed to compete in a space. It may be a little bit harder to get into, but it’s worth it.”

What I take from this quote by Camilla Blackett, a highly successful writer who has worked on popular shows such as ‘Skins’, ‘New Girl’ and ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ is, that your background doesn’t matter. 

If you want to be a writer, and you put in hard work and don’t give up, things such as your gender or your skin colour should never stop you from achieving what you want. 

Sure, in reality, it can, unfortunately, sometimes be hard to get accepted in the industry, but as long as you don’t let that stop you, you’re already on the right path to success!

Linda Woolverton

“You can’t go down anybody’s else’s [road]. It’s your dream, it’s your life. You don’t have to be told by other people what to make of yourself. You decide.”

Your life, your career, your choices. Linda Woolverton, who is known for films such as ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Maleficent’, perfectly puts into words what most of us probably already know to some extent, but what can still be hard to actually live by in real life.

We shouldn’t get hung up on other people’s opinions too much, because it can make us feel insecure about decisions we were originally much more certain about.

Instead, we should listen to our gut a lot more and not try to copy someone else’s path. It won’t work anyway, so let’s focus on our own lives.

Vanessa Taylor

“The time has come for all of us to take our seats at the table.”

Women in film are finally getting more recognition, but we’ve still got a long way to go and many things that need to change. Vanessa Taylor, who, amongst other projects, has worked on ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Divergent’, brings up an incredibly important topic here.

As women, we need to stop allowing others to push us around and underestimate our skills, be that in our personal or career life. It is time to take our seats and put a stop to any form of discrimination.

Tina Fey

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”

This quote by Tina Fey, famous for productions like ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and ’30 Rock’, is pretty self-explanatory. When an incredible opportunity comes along, don’t hesitate and go for it!

We all know that saying “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take” by Lewis Carroll, and this is also true for your career as a writer.

Sometimes we should just let go of any doubts that are holding us back and stop overthinking what could go wrong.

Nora Ephron

“Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim.”

What I take from this quote by Nora Ephron, who is known for films such as ‘When Harry Met Sally…’, ‘Julie and Julia’ and ‘Bewitched’, is that we have to take our lives in our own hands.

We have the power to give our life (and career, for that matter) meaning and can build it exactly how we would like, so we should act on that power and not give up when things get a bit harder every now and then.

Let’s all try to be even more proactive than we might already are and see where that could take us!

I hope these quotes motivated or inspired you in some way!


BIO: Jenny Schwender is in her second year of studying Scriptwriting for Film and Television at Bournemouth University. She is currently working on a dramedy pilot episode and various short scripts while exploring life on set through different film productions in Germany. To know what she’s up to, you can follow her insta @jennyyy_000.

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