I learned today that Ben Franklin at the age of 16, working as an indentured apprentice to his older brother’s newspaper, wanted very much to write. ; His brother refused, and Ben Franklin created a pen name of an elderly widow by the name of Silence Dogood, and sent in essays to be published that way. (See video )
I’m intrigued with the idea of not just a pen name, but a writer’s personae. Authors pour much of themselves into the fiction, head hopping between characters, while working sentences into unique Voice of the writer.
But what happens if you decide to use, not just use a pen name, but another persona? Do you suppose this creates another Voice?
Stephan King used a pseudonym Richard Bachman, but you find his style persists in all his work. ; Most authors seem to, in fact, keep their style no matter what they write.
Authors use pen names for many reasons. ; From hiding their gender, or deciding to write in another genre, or simply needing a new name to explore fresh audiences, writers find their name becomes their brand.
I’m still undecided using my real name because its lengthy and difficult to spell. Its not ‘catchy’ either. ;
What are your thoughts? Will you go by a pen name, and does it carry its own story, or will you go forth into publishing with your given name? Post in comments.