When we first sit down to write, one thing we must consider is about whether we wish to use Pen names, or just a version of our own name, (pseudonym). Many famous writers have used some version of both. These include Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz to name but a few. The choice is ours to make if we do want this, there are tools to help generate a really cool and fitting one fitting to each of the genres. For example, https://blog.reedsy.com/pen-name-generator Or try to search for it yourself…
In short, others, even successful authors did, shouldn’t the answer be clear then?
There are various reasons one might consider this, they could be
to hide who you are, but the minus with that is your face might be recognized still, but the option is there.
Your name isn’t exciting enough, you want to try to get a name that fits for
the genre you write in, which is appealing for ones with Science fiction, or ones who wish to have one that’s creepy, so your thought immediate turn to horror.
To write something different than what you usually do. Mostly used
if you write fiction on the one hand and nonfiction on the other, so you won’t get compared to whatever else you wrote.
Just for the fun of it! Which is the least interesting, but still a valid one of the
reasons, as we all have a motivation for what we choose.
The final reason and this can be crucial when writing; you will significantly
benefit from an author website, where branding is essential, where the author’s name is vital. This might already have been taken though, why you might want to change it.
I, however, have a story as to why I chose my version.
Dennis Scheel is the one I chose, but I, like everyone, thought about if this was a good idea or I should find something else. As a little boy, I did imagine using my own name, which at the time was a bit different, having my dad’s last name, which I changed when I switched to that of my mom’s, to eventually switching yet again to a combination of the two, which let me to this name I ended on. (Minus the middle.)
This is what worked for me because I wanted to see my name on books!
Written by Dennis Scheel
Dennis Scheel has always had the stories running in his head, but not until after his accident, which left him mute and paralyzed on the right side was he able to tell them. After he worked his way back, he wanted to try to tell his story once more since an acquaintance told him there was talent in his poetry, he had been convinced by his ex not to write for ten years, she insisted he had no talent. This time tried in English since all other times failed. Finally, he succeeded, and he never stopped writing since. Which led to my two books;
No Way Back- The Underworlds
and the sequel Taken With a Dark Desire: The Underworlds