Sunday, September 20, 2009

Get Thee A Nom De Plume!

Good Evening One & All,

Shakespeare wrote in Romeo & Juliet, "What's in a name?...A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

Disney talked about names in Aladdin in the lyrics, "Better get a nom de plume." (the song, "One Jump").

So, for a writer, what does a nom de plume (or, pen name) say about the author? It could be a different spelling of the author's name, it could be a name that has a significance. They could keep their first name, but change the last, or change both.

A pen name is also the name a writer will write under for his or her books. The name that his or her readers will recognize them. The name on the autographs and the one where people will say, "Oh yes, that's so and so, they wrote..."

Some authors write under their own names. Others, for a variety of reasons, choose a pen name.

What about you? Are you considering a pen name? What have you looked at when thinking of your nom de plume?

For myself, I'm considering something easy to remember, something that is significant to me.

Have A Satisfying Sunday!


J.J. Bennett said...

"Jennifer" is so normal...same as "Bennett" ...So that's why the J.J. Bennett. Boring but that's all I got.

bethanyintexas said...


Actually I thought it was intriguing that you used initials. :-)

Stephanie Faris said...

I always thought it was more for safety reasons...either that or the person simply had an unmarketable name. I write under my maiden name...when I was married before I had everything in my personal life under my married name, which would have been good. Only, often you see the copyright page lists the author's real name -- the name the copyright is listed under. So I'm not sure that does much good!

Regina Milton said...

I want to write under my real name until I switch genres. Then I'll have fun making up a cool name...hopefully.

bethanyintexas said...


I suppose if an author really wanted to, they could have the copyright under their pen name.

bethanyintexas said...


I was told by a published author to find a pen name I liked since I'd have to live with it for a long time LOL. I think I've come up with something that has a particular significance for me :-)

Regina Milton said...

Are you keeping it a secret? Don't forget to buy the domain name that you've chosen. It's under $10 at godaddy.com, you can also use yahoo! domains to buy it for a good price.

bethanyintexas said...


No, it's not a secret, I just have to finalize it. I have an idea and I'm just making sure this is the name I want.