So. I never did find my broom yesterday. 🙂
I also noticed my comments were off on my witch selfie post…WP does have a mind of its own some days it seems…
This is me today:
With the advent of National Novel Writing Month beginning today I have a few questions for you.
(Ha…did you see what I did there with the advent thing? Don’t even get me started with Christmas…) 😲
Question 1: Do you, or have you ever, or would you consider writing under a pseudonym, or pen name?
Question 2: Is there an advantage or disadvantage to writing under a name that is not your own?
Question 3: Do you know anyone who writes using a pen name and hasn’t been publicly outed? (You don’t have to name them, I’m just curious if you know people in real life, personally, who write under a pseudonym.)
Question 4: If you do write something using a pen name, and you end up being publicly outed, would this bother you? How?
I have my own answers to these questions, but I’m curious to hear yours.
There are a lot of famous authors that have written using pen names, and some have done so initially because they wanted to maintain privacy.
One of the earliest bloggers that had a not-so-happy outing was Catherine Sanderson. She blogged under the pseudonym Petite Anglaise and was outed by the press. You can read her story (written in her own words) here if you want more information.
Other examples are, of course, the Fifty Shades of Gray author E.L. James, which was her pen name (real name Erika Mitchell) and Harry Potter’s author Joanne Rowling who writes under two pen names, J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith.
As we all know, privacy in the internet is a very controversial, highly debated topic. I am fascinated and intrigued by the whole idea of pseudonyms and pen names.
What are your thoughts on this topic?