My pen name is based off my blog. It just hit me one day and I really enjoy it. I feel like it is refined yet creative and can cover a large span of topics.
It is my family's nickname for me when I was a child. I didn't much like it at the time, but have grown fonder of it.
For me, I used a variation of an email address I'd come up with. I enjoy being creative so having the word creative somewhere in my name was important to me.
Great question; this is something I often wonder when seeing unusual names on HubPages.
Mine was created many years ago when I was going to be a writer for my brother's fiction-based website. I was the sole content provider and I needed something that would guard me from failure. I went through a number of pen names I didn't like until arriving at M. T. Dremer. The last part (Dremer) is actually two sets of initials combined 'DRE' is short for Dr Evil which was my online gaming name around the time Austin Powers was popular, and 'MER' which is my real life initials. When thinking of what letters would come before 'Dremer' I noticed that it was one letter away from 'Dreamer' so the rest just fell into place. M. T. Dremer basically means "Mitch, The Dreamer". It seems overly-complicated and possibly cheesy, but I've loved it since it was created.
When my brother's website closed down I attempted a few online writing-for-money websites, using the name, before finally settling on HubPages as my number one.
My pen name is partially my real name. My name is Jeannie and then I thought it would be funny to use the song, "Genie in a Bottle" as a pen name. I combined the two.
I have once dreamed of navigating a ship, that is why I like the rank of an Admiral and Joraxx is my usual online name so I called myself Admiral_Joraxx.
I got the idea from a Gore Vidal novel. In the story, a character in New York writes social commentary articles for the NY Post under the pen name "Old Patroon". The name was a reference to the Dutch landowners, or patroon class, that once ruled New York. I figured the Texas equivalent to a New York patroon would be an empresario landowner of the 1820s and 1830s, like Stephan F Austin. So instead of Old Patroon, I was Old Empresario.
by The Write Life11 months ago
Is is ok to change to a pen name on your account? I have articles on niche, not sure if it changes anything as far as that goes. Just making sure it does not throw the proverbial "wrench in the works'' Hope...
by Imogen French3 years ago
Is it best to use a pen name or your real name on HP, and how easy is it to change your user name?I am considering a change of name here on HP, and wondering what the implications would be. Has anybody done it, or have...
by John Coviello4 years ago
I am considering publishing a novel under a pen name. I'd like to set up author pages where it is published. Where can I find a legal photo of someone else that I can use as the image that goes with my pen...
by Elizabeth Fairweather5 weeks ago
What are your thoughts on this? I do use a pen name and I'm really torn about it. On the one hand it's convenient so that my private/public life are kept separate and I find I don't have to censor myself...
by Sondra Rochelle2 years ago
If you use a pen name here, how did you decide on it?My pen name is Timetraveler2. I chose this one because I am quite old now (72) but have traveled extensively in various recreational vehicles (which is why I...
by Erica Sanchez4 years ago
What does your pen name mean and why did you choose it?Well My pen name is bellawritter23!Bella as we all know Beautiful in Italian....My grandfather would call me his niña bella, so it kind of stuck as I grew....
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