How to Make a Pen Name

Okay, eons ago, I promised this post. Here it is. The post that inspired this one is: Pen Names – Why Have One?


To walk you through this process, I’m going to tell you how I made mine. *audience gasps* WHAT! THAT’S NOT YOUR REAL NAME? No, no it’s not. But I still love it. To be honest it is so much stinking fun to come up with or be referred to with a pen name. I don’t know about anyone else, but it makes me feel a little bit more professional. There are actually 2 simple steps.

  1. Did I want a full name?

There are any initial questions you have to ask yourself:

Did I want Initials for a first and last name, initials for first, middle, and last, an initial for my middle name… or even just one initial..? Did I want three names or more? One name? And if so, first or last?

Obviously, I chose first and last name, no middle.

2. What should my chosen names be?

Think about a few things:

  1. What is special to me?
  2. Who is special to me?
  3. What is my favorite thing?
  4. What do I see out the window, or across the park etc?

I came up with the name Wysteria while riding in the car and there was a huge thing of Wisteria plants growing on the roadside. I looked up the name, and it wasn’t that common, so I changed the spelling to the alternate “y”…you have no idea how annoying spell checkers can be. *sighs*

Campion is the name of a bunny from Watership down. I was re-reading the book (it’s so good!), and Campion’s name just stuck out at me. I paired it with Wysteria and I loved the combination. So you see, I answered a few questions with this:

So you see, I answered a few questions with this:

Wysteria: I answered questions 3 and 4

Campion: I answered 1, 2, and 3

Coming up with a pen name is easy, and fun, and is probably at some point going to be extremely helpful. You could even use this formula to come up with character names.



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