Writing Wednesday: The Pen Name

I forgot to do last week’s Writing Wednesday and for that, I’m sorry. There really isn’t a reason. Just that I forgot.

That said, I decided to write about a topic that has been on my mind lately, the pen name. Also known as the pseudonym, the pen name is a name given to the author by the author to separate themselves from either their other author name or just their life in general.

For me, this has been an ongoing wonderment. Did I want to use my actual name for my works or did I want a pen name? I decided to poll my friends on Facebook about it. For one certain genre, it was decided that I should rock my name, but I also decided that I would use a pen name (compiled by family names) and use that for that genre.

What’s the genre? Well, it leans to the 18+ crowd, let’s just say that. And they probably wouldn’t be very romance either. Leaning towards the dark. So, you can get an idea of what I’m doing.

What is the name? Well, I haven’t announced it yet and I’m not sure I should. That will probably be another poll. I may announce it one day in the future though.

What about my regular name? I think I’m going to keep with the fantasy and horror stories with my name. It’s me.

Really, a pen name should be used as a means of branding yourself. I’m still figuring out my brand, but I have an idea. Maybe I’ll do the next Writing Wednesday about brands. Especially since I may have the concept figured out by then.

Hopefully…

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