Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Asaph Judea Wagner, Nov 16, 2014.
Hi, I think what I should use as a pen name. Please help me pick.
Your choice but I would go for the one that you remember the easiest and can sign more fluently than the other.
Why do you feel you need a pen name?
Wagner? As a first name? Are you sure?
My real name is Asaph Wagner. It's quite annoying to explain all the time how to pronounce it in English (EH-sef). It's after the guy who wrote the twelve Psalms of Asaph in the bible. My buddies call me Wagner anyhow.
Just saw this real name on Slashdot: Tollef Fog Heen
How about A. J. Wagner?
If I was ever going to write under a pen name it would probably be Leela Wallington, which would have been my name if I'd been born a girl to my mum and her partner before she met my dad. Although my mum would have spelled it Leila. The only fake male name I would use is Chris Andersen, and writing under that would likely be problematic since it's the same name as a relatively famous basketball player.
I've never heard of Chris Andersen but then, as far as basketball goes, I know one player's name and that's Dennis Rodman.
Come to think of it, I'm now not even sure if he was a basketball player or a baseball player.
My point being, would it really be that problematic to have the same author name as another 'famous' person that some people would know?
I read somewhere to keep your last name towards the front of the alphabet so you'd have a better spot on the shelf at the bookstore. Wagner Asaph. Although I like Ed's suggestion - A.J. Wagner.
I will add my voice to others asking why you even need a pen name.
Rodman was a basketball player, yes. He's more famous these days for going to N. Korea a few times though...
I'm not really sure how problematic it would be. It certainly might confuse a few people though.
Well, here are eleven of them to start you off ...
Or what @EdFromNY said, A.J. Wagner.
Good luck, anyhow. : )
This reminded me, wasn't there also a relatively famous US author called Winston Churchill?
I am a particular fan of A.J. Wagner. But I am biased for AJ in general haha. Good luck hope you find one you like.
Yes. He was very successful back before World War I.
Advancing the natural progression of this thread...why do author's need a pen name in the first place?
I'll use a pen name. My real name is a bit hard for some people to pronounce and spell. Makes it tough to find on Amazon, for instance. Besides, I just don't like it. I don't feel it represents me properly.
Maybe part of it is marketing. I wonder if Samuel Clemens would have been as successful if he hadn't used the name Mark Twain. William Faulkner was born Falkner, and added the "u" because, I guess, it looked classier. Anthony Burgess was born John Burgess Wilson, which is a fairly boring name. Ford Madox Ford was born Ford Hermann Heuffer, and found it better to avoid a German-sounding name because he was publishing during World War I.
There are many reasons why a writer would want to use a pen name.
There's also the fact that some people use names of the opposite gender if they are writing in a genre where it's stereotypical for a writer to be a specific gender. That shouldn't really be necessary, but I think it still can be (at least in the eyes of some people).
I have no trouble spelling "Minstrel".
That's merely an Anglicization. It's actually spelled Mîñstrël and is pronounced "Poughkeepsie" (rhymes with "Cheektowaga").
Aye, but Dapper Skwirrul is kinda weird looking...
Oh. I thought the "x" was silent.
Separate names with a comma.