-This is where I talk about something. Something that comes to mind and sticks there and I want to describe so that it sticks in other peoples minds and makes them think, because that is what this is about. I want to be thinking. I want to be lit up and even alight. And I want you to leave this post with the memory of the thoughts it made you have.-
Something that is really important to me is my writing. I adore books, I adore creating my own worlds that one day might be printed on pages for others to read. I love meeting characters who are distinct and take on real life in my mind. I have a post coming up, inspired by Cait's, about my editing process, which is an intrinsic part of that process and one that develops my worlds, passion and abilities all the more.
But, as is the way, some of my stories aren't ones I feel the desire to have printed, published, shared with the world in book form. I'm still passionate about them, but they aren't my focus as some of my others are. Yet I still want to share them- I still care about them and that doesn't change, even if I know where I want them to end.
In a roundabout way this leads me to pen names. I'll explain before headaches come on.
I have this novel, maybe two. I really, really like it/them, but... the first sentence applies very strongly to it. So, once I've finished editing my current WIP and sent it off to readers, I'm going to start editing one of them. And I'm going to put it on Wattpad.
I want to share it.
Only, recently I've decided that I'm not going to use my given name as the name I'm published by, and that applies to both physical copy publishing and internet publishing. That name, however, is on the internet, linked with this blog. I haven't spoken to anyone of what my actual pen name is going to be, although I know, and my qualm is this:
How do I share this Wattpad experience on my blog, a blog started, written and dedicated to sharing my love for words, others and my own, when I want to have a pen name that is separate from the one I was born with. There are quite a few reasons as to why a pen name is my solid choice, but suffice to say I'm unsure how far to take it- do I never link my blog again with my writing experience? Do I desperately try to hide my real name from readers of pen-named works? Or do I announce that I work under a pen name. Do I let readers of both works join and become one like it's some fantastical musical number?
That's my question today. Or... those are my questions. What are your thoughts?