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Meet Akshita Namjoshi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Akshita Namjoshi.

Hi Akshita, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
One day in third grade, I came back from school feeling particularly perky because I had done well on an English assignment. My mother read it and said I should be a writer and that I’d make a great one. I still remember thinking about it for some time after she had said it and feeling optimistic about that proposition. I guess that is where my story started. Ever since then, a part of me has always known that writing is my true calling. I have always been writing in some capacity or the other, and when I decided to make a career out of it, I took up screenwriting to enter the fascinating world of films. I am excited to see where my writing journey goes, and if I am to believe my mother, it’s only going upwards from here!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would be lying if I said my path was riddled with roadblocks. I am eternally grateful for the support I have in my life that has made it smooth sailing so far. But I have just started, and it is easy to get bogged down by the littlest things in a creative field like writing, so I am still learning to stay focused. The biggest challenge for me is to embrace days of low productivity when I don’t get much writing done. Sometimes, a single day of writer’s block kicks off a domino effect, and it’s hard to jump right back and resume from where I left off. Fortunately, I’ve realized I work well under time pressure so working towards a deadline helps me snap out of my creative slumber.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a writer. I graduated this year with an MFA in Screenwriting. I have written for short films, a YouTube web series called The Pandemic Shorts, and I am working on a script that I someday wish to direct. My thesis script set in my hometown in India is my pride and joy. Besides this, I am writing a novel that will hopefully see the light of day very soon. I love that the art of writing isn’t bound to a specific medium, and I take pride in the fact that I’ve been able to try my hand at different styles and genres that have helped me discover my distinctive voice.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I would put patience on top of the list. For me, the joy in the process of writing is way more than having a finished piece of work. No wonder it’s taking my novel forever to come to fruition. It is natural to grow restless and agitated when your mind is booming with ideas, yet you have nothing to show for it. But I’ve grown to appreciate the fallow period that enables ideas to form before I get down to writing. Hopefully, taking my sweet time with projects that matter deeply to me will pay off.

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