Why Do Authors Use Pen Names?

Being an author seems to imply a lot of opinions whether it is a good choice of career, some say it is easy because you can write about anything you want, pursue a career where you can express your creativity and inner thoughts, some say it is an easy job, you can experience more in life, it costs you nothing, etc. On the other hand there can also be some consequences like constant (possible) rejection, not everyone will like your output, you always have to sell yourself, you can experience writer’s block and decision making can sometimes be tough like even if what seems to be a simple thing like deciding on a topic, coming up with a catchy title, or if you would want to use a pen name and the list goes on. And on that note why do authors use pen names? 

What are Pen Names?

A pen name also known as pseudonym (nom de plum) is used when an author wishes to remain anonymous or conceal their identities. It is an assumed name that an author will publish in place of his or her real name. In simpler sense it is an invented name by the author that may be known only to the publisher. 

Writers use pen names for various reasons, for example an established author used it to distance themselves from their previous works, so they can also cross genres without infuriating their fan bases. Some use it to conceal their gender, to work with another author but show the work as a single author, for marketing purposes or simply hook the readers in simplest sense. Another reason would be to switch publishers (to avoid legal problems), and one of the most common reasons as well would be because that their previous works have flopped. 

Should you Use a Pseudonym?

Using a pseudonym can be tricky, as exciting as it may seem it can also be really risky as it can be too confusing if you have many, which can also be quite difficult to balance if you have a lot. You need to establish new audience for every pen name created, which is never easy.

On the other hand it will be a good move if you tend to write in multiple areas like if you are writing novels at the moment then decided to work on a horror or even children’s books. It is also useful if you are writing about a sensitive or a controversial topic. Having a pen name is also useful if you have a day job hence you can keep your writing life separate from it.  

How to Come Up with a Good Pen Name? 

Choosing a pen name can be fun and can also be challenging. If you have plenty of options in mind well that is good for you since all you have to do is double check if the pen name is available, if no one is identified by that name or has a trademark for it then you are good to go. If not there are also plenty of ways to come up with a good one.

Bear in mind that you should choose something that would best describe the character or personality that you would like to portray and at the same time it should still sound unique. Don’t go for famous names as you may be accused of fraud and wanting to be “someone else” which will not be good for you. Think carefully, remember it is a creative process so let your mind think of something that has a meaning for you and something that you really want, so take your time. 

You can always go for something catchy, creative, mysterious and do not go for something that is difficult to pronounce or remember. It is also important to research on the legal aspects of it, such as securing trademark, copyright and the like. 

The Choice is up to You

Now the question is, to use a pen name or not? Of course the evident answer would be it’s all up to you. Whether you decide if this would be good for your branding, a mysterious approach of showcasing your works, or if it sounds not helpful at all then by all means go for it, either way the most important thing is your creation.

Why do Authors Use Personification in Their Writing?

An author’s life can be quite colourful that it usually include back stories of inspiration, free flowing thoughts, never ending words to put on paper, tons of stories to write about though there are also times that you feel frustration, struggle and constant disappointment. That is why it is important to keep yourself motivated, have goals which is a mixture of attainable and sometimes challenging to push yourself a little further. There are lots of ways on how authors write, different styles and techniques that they usually follow.

Personification is a common literary technique, it is a form of figurative language. Personification is a figure of speech in which the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something  nonhuman (non-living objects) or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. In simpler sense, it is when you give an animal, ideas or object qualities or abilities that only a human can have.

Why do Authors Use Personification in Their Writing?

Using personification is important as it connects readers with the objects, animals or ideas that is personified. It can make descriptions of non-human entities more vivid, and can help readers understand, sympathise, or react emotionally to non human characters. This is one of the main reasons why authors find it natural to give human traits to things that cannot actually have them, using personification helps the reader to relate more to the topic or the situation.

An author needs an eye full of imagination, the right words and creativity to give voice to those who have none. May it be referring to a table, pen, clouds, computer or anything an author can definitely make the descriptions more vivid, emphasize more feelings and emotions which leaves readers with deeper impact.  Authors of all kinds use personification specially those who write fictional works.

When to Use Personification in Your Writing?

  1. Best used in descriptive or narrative writing
  2. Can be used in almost all creative writing to describe scenes and indirectly express feelings
  3. Can be used in poetry, prose, songs and speeches
  4. Can be used in non-fiction writing or speaking to make an idea clearer and more entertaining
  5. Use personification where it seems to fit naturally which will create a strong impact in the mind of the reader.

Personification and Its Wonders

  • It’s an effective and entertaining way to describe a difficult concept.
  • It can invite more humor, emotion, and truth into a piece of writing.
  • It can make your writing come alive.
  • It can help a reader develop a new perspective on something.
  • It is a very natural way for humans to view, understand and interact with the world of objects.

Conclusion

When using personification, you must not only find the right characteristics to apply, but also the right tone of voice. It can be a very powerful tool that can make your writings come alive. It has the tendency to awake sleepy readers and be more interested and enthusiastic to continue reading.

It also awakens the creativity of the readers and give them better reading experience while reading your craft. Using personification can be quite powerful with the right touch of words and emotions. You can turn an ordinary writing into something extra special that would make your readers want more.

 

How Do You Become a Bestselling Author

How Do You Become a Bestselling Author

Every author dreams of becoming a best seller, hitting that coveted spot on the NYT bestseller comes with some serious bragging rights.  So how do you get there, how do you become a bestselling author?  It isn’t really a secret, you sell a lot of books in a very short period of time, and each list has a different requirement.  For Amazon it’s only about 500 books but the New York Times it’s going to take about 9,000 books to hit their list.  Let’s have a look at how most authors make the best seller list.

Luck

Don’t count on luck to take you to the top of any best seller list, it’s right up there with winning the lottery.  If you are familiar with the 50 Shades of Grey series then you have an example of luck.  The books were originally a piece of self-published fan fiction that became popular, it eventually caught the attention of the big New York publishing houses and a best seller was born.

Write a Really Good Book

With few exceptions all of the best sellers have incredible writing skills and the books are really well written.  These books sell a ton of copies because they are incredibly good books, especially within the fiction section.  Every writer should strive to make the best-seller list based on good writing.

A Solid Marketing Strategy

Even the next great American novel needs some marketing in order to make the best-seller list.  Your book may be better than most of the books on the best-seller list but the difference is they have great marketing propelling them to the top spot.  Combining a well-written book with some incredible marketing is how you hit the top of the best seller list.  Becoming a best seller can setup your career for the rest of your life.

Buy Your Way In

For all of your cynics out there, you were right.  Yes, you can cheat your way onto a best seller list.  You simply buy enough books to guarantee your place on the list.  However this isn’t cheap and other than temporary bragging rights it could hurt more than help.  However there are marketing companies that will help you do just that. They will make your sales look natural and get around the safeguards that are already in place that are supposed to prevent this from happening.

For an author reaching bestseller status can be a huge honor, if you did it through hard work and a well written book.  Buying your way there is probably not the best idea, the critics will eat you alive.