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  • Mica Bale

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      Did you know that this week in history saw Charles Dickens publish his ‘Sketches by Boz’ in book form? Charles Dickens’ use of a pseudonym certainly gives birth to an intriguing decision for any author on the brink of publishing their story or poetry – whether or not to use their own name? Some writers would not dream of using anything but their own name whereas others do not wish to be initially associated with their work. What do you think? Would you publish your story under a nom-de-plume or would you rather use your own name?

      If you are struggling to find the confidence to write something under your own name or to submit a story for publication or a competition, try writing under a name that either has special meaning for you or else a name that you devise. Often a writer who struggles to have confidence in their own work can be aided by creating a new writing persona that begins with a different name. You could always decide to use your own name in the future but if you’re struggling to get your pen to paper and capture what’s going on in your imagination, why not try re-creating yourself a little as a writer?

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