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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nom de Plume

Nom de Plume: Who do I want to be? Nom de plume is the answer to that question. Nom de plume is an uppity, French way of saying pen name, a made-up moniker an author publishes under to conceal his or her true identity.

An Example from Literature: Mary Ann Cross used the name George Eliot to hide that she was a female writer.

My Try: Using a nom de plume is an opportunity to be someone else, a fictitious figure writing about factitious figures. There's some irony in that, don't you think? I used the technique of anagram, rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to construct a new word or phrase, to determine my pen name (drum roll please):

Dacy Smaul

What's your pen name and how did you choose it? Tell me in a comment.

(This blog post is brought to you as a part of the April A to Z Challenge.)

April 18th - Onomatopoeia


the writing pad said...

Love your anagrammatical nom de plume - my auntie had one too (hers was a nom de plume de ma tante ...)
Have a lovely weekend :-)
Thanks for the N post and all best

Brianna said...

You know, I've been thinking about this for a long time. What would I use as a pen name? I still haven't come up with a good one.

Susan Kane said...

That is a good question:What would I use as a pen name? I can see the advantages of using one.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I use my own name, I am proud of my name so don't need to change,

Thanks for your comment.

Manzanita said...

Sometimes it's good to be someone else. I've always had a stage name when I used to dance.