Why i chose a Pen Name…

I have always fancied the idea of writing…in fact somewhere in my heart i always wanted to write but for some reason could never come out in the open and accept the fact that writing gives me happiness…though, from quite some time i have been writing down my thoughts at times in the form of poetry, at times in the form of a story and at times just a loose journal of my floating thoughts and feelings….

So when i finally decided to come out of the shell/fear and start writing and more importantly sharing it with people and rewarding myself with the gift of writing that gives me so much joy and satisfaction…creating a BLOG was just the next step…But when for the first time i sat down to start off my blog…i could not start with my very own identity, i did not feel comfortable giving it my own name…It was a scary thought to let the world know about my inner most feelings…how do i feel about things/people and life in general…i was a little scared…I think i could not gather the courage to go ahead because i always feel that i would be judged for my writings…i know its silly but this feeling is just there and it does not go….so i opted for an imaginary or a pen name.

As a child at times i used to wonder why so many famous writers have a ‘pen name’…wondering how would it feel to be known with some other name but not with your own name…i used to find it very difficult …after all i love my name…i always have loved my name 🙂

But now i think i know why so many writers (specially in earlier times) used to have a pen name…May be they were also afraid of getting brutally dissected by society and more than that their own people, friends and family….
It was such an alluring though that i decided to put it on my blog and just to make it more authentic i searched the web a little to know more about writers and pen names…and to my surprise there is a loong list of writers who write under the comfortable coating of their pen names and not the real ones…and yes i guessed it right… this practice was very much popular in earlier times ( one interesting fact that came across was that earlier a lot of women writer used to write under the shield of male pen names)… but even today a lot of famous writers use pen names instead of their own…Below is a small list of some writers popularly known by their pen names…


Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel L. Clemens

George Eliot’s real name was Mary Anne (Mary Ann, Marian) Evans ( yes she was a woman)George-Eliot

Lewis Carroll was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson Lewis-Carroll-author-and--001

O. Henry was William Sydney Porter o-henry1

Pablo Neruda was Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoaltopablo

Ayn Rand’s real name was Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum

Agatha Christie was Agatha Mary Clarissa MillerIMF15-0112092914.jpg Author Agatha Christie

J.K. Rowling is Joanjkrowling


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