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About aswilt

A senior this year, Asha is working on editorials in the school newspaper and exploring her interests in writing in Westtown's Writing Independent Seminar course.

Overview–Week 12 Asha

Unlike my other blog posts, this one will be a sort of summarizing, backtracking installment to my independent project journey series. Before I dive into what my project has done for me in the long run, I’d like to talk a bit about how I came to sign up for it. One of the main things that drew me to Westtown, other than the school’s overwhelming sense of community and closeness, was its independent academic options. Although there’s a CORE program here at Westtown to some extent, a student’s schedule can be extremely personalized, which was very different from the other schools I had looked at while searching for a high school in late freshman year. Continue reading

Decisions Decisions – Week 10 Asha

This week we’re going to take a break from the usual viewing of my writing technique, and I’m going t give you a quick peak into my often overly hyper mind. My frontal lobe must be a bit wonky because making decisions and long-lasting choices is not my forte to say the least. Although I have a mere month or so to write the remainder of my book, I am having huge doubts about the final product in relation to my beginning idea. I began with the idea of a fictional autobiography in mind, and now I have ventured off into the realm of romance fiction. Thus, as I have traveled very far off topic, I need to get back to the main purpose of why I chose to do this independent.

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Original– Week 9 Asha

To create a love story that is relatable and beautiful without it being cliché, one must fully develop every aspect of the relationship. One would have to construct personality, interests, and dislikes in what may or may not be used in the telling of the story. I decided to create personality through love letters/stories.


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Stumbling– Week 8 Asha

The following is a portion of another chapter of the story. The highlighted phrases or sentences are a part of an exercise I did in which I read the chapter I wrote aloud and marked any sentences or areas in the text that either didn’t make sense or don’t flow well. I am working on polishing a few of my chapters once I reach fifteen or so entire chapters, each 5 pages single-spaced in length. Thus, I am writing 2-3 chapters a week to stay on track, so my usual beginning, end, and then fill-in method has been entirely scrapped. As of now, I am writing chapters that I wish to combine into a finalized story at some point. However, the individual chapters are not written in any order. Continue reading

Red, Reset, Green – Week 6 Asha

Hello, all! It most definitely has been a while—nearly a month, in fact! I’m not going to waste too much time welcoming you back or spilling about the swirl of ideas in my mind on my trip to Israel and Palestine. (It was amazing by the way!) I’m not even going to tell you about the college mayhem us seniors have been struggling through for a week and a half. I’m not going to mention that everything is looking up and the end of the year is coming, which means summer is on its way! No, I’m not even going to touch on that.

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Writer’s Block – Week 5 Asha

I’ve been struggling to start my first chapter, let alone write the first three as I previously planned to do. Since an extreme case of writer’s block fell upon me, I decided to look over the works of the greats (other phenomenal writers), and study how they dove into the most important part of the book: the beginning.

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Lens – Week 4 Asha


This week I worked on figuring out the logistics of my story such as setting, general plot line, and main characters.

One of my writing idiosyncrasies is my unconscious desire to start my process by laying out the beginning and end of the piece. After speaking with Teacher Victoria as a part of my librarian check-in, I was struck by the idea to create an air of unreliability amongst the characters from the beginning, so I worked on writing out what I wanted the first draft of the beginning of my story to be like. Here is a short excerpt from the untitled story. It is merely an intro, so this is not the first chapter.
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Embracing Hindrances – Week 3 Asha

I have begun to follow Bushra Rehman’s Readings & Workshops Blog. In her entry titled “Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Autobiographical Fiction”, which went with a lot of what I wrote about in last week’s blog post, she proposed tactics or methods, and examined dilemmas, for lack of a better word, that made me think a bit more about not only what I am writing, but also what I want to come out of it and where I want it to go. In one of the first sections of the blog, she points out that “thinking is not writing” and “writing is not publishing”. From this, I went on to realize that I do in fact wish to not only have the product finished and wholly written out by the end of the year, but I want to spend my summer, and probably my next few years in college, searching for a publisher. Rehman says that it sometimes takes years to find the right publisher. In her case, it took her six to find Sibling Rivalry Press, the publisher she stuck with. Continue reading