The two sides of the pen name coin
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Guess what, Mister Kapre? I’ve just completed my first novella! It’s still in horrible shape, riddled with plot holes and spelling/grammar errors galore. I’ll also need to fix up the first part where I’ve experimented with Point-of-View change, but still. I finished it. For the first time ever, I got to type “The End” for fiction way longer than a 7,500 short story.

But wait. There’s a catch, Mister Kapre!

I wrote it under a pen name. My first novella, and it’s “authored” by an imaginary person I invented. I can’t announce it on Facebook, I can’t promote it the way I do my other stories. All I can say is that I finished something, but I can’t tell them what. It kinda sucks, but hey, it was for my own good.

See, the novella isn’t kid-friendly. It’s for adults only, in fact. So, for the benefit of our below-18 friends, I’ve decided to just get a pen name.

Besides, I realized I found it easier to write either genre without restrictions. I could use a mature voice in this adult genre without worrying about my children’s stories. The same goes for the other way around. The pen name gave me writing freedom I haven’t had in years.

If the novella tanked, it’s okay. No one would know it was me who wrote it. But if it becomes successful, no one will know I wrote it either, except maybe for my family and close friends.

Well, can’t have it both ways. *shrugs*

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