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A Trend in Writing

10 Aug

As usual, I will try and keep this week’s blog post short and sweet as we come cruising in on the weekend full force. To end the week, I just wanted to touch on some trends I’ve noticed while entering the indie author scene and was hoping to get some feedback on this.

One of the main things I’ve noticed about a lot of authors that I’ve interacted with lately is that they are using their first two initials and then a last name for their pen name. Is there something that I have missed out on in this trend? Is there a reason for going this route?

Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why a lot of people like using pen names. I personally thought about using one for a long time. There is nothing quite like being able to ensure your privacy when you want it. There is also the thrill of being able to separate your work from yourself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen various authors have to explain that something a character said or believes isn’t what they personally believe. So yes, I understand the use of a pen name, I just don’t get the current trend of imitating C.S. Lewis. If anyone can explain, that’d be great because I’m at a loss.

The other trend that I’ve noticed is that there is still a big run on people either writing supernatural romances or fantasy. A decent amount of science fiction is being done as well. The main thing I want to address with this is an article that I read several years back. I’ve done my research and sadly I can’t find it. Essentially, it was written after 9/11 and during the Bush administration, It discussed the fact that artists have a tendency of creating art that reflects their time. (Also, I know that is a concept that is taught all through school, I’m just lamenting not finding this one specific article because it made more relevant references).

So, I think my big question is this, or I guess, questions is more appropriate. First and foremost, is this adventure into science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy being written as a response to a current political environment? I know personally my series is. My other question is if it’s not a direct response to these things, is it what pop culture is still demanding? Or is it neither of those things, and just the typical fact that authors are strange souls that enjoy writing on their observations in weird, twisted ways. That’s also something I personally like to do.

Anyway, I would love to be able to engage with people reading my blog, so let’s start talking! Post some answers below and lets have a discussion!

Talk to you soon.

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5 Responses to “A Trend in Writing”

  1. robstroud August 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    C.S. Lewis was only one of many authors to use their initials for their public persona. The great irony in his case is that he was actually called “Jack” by his friends and family…

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    • tynoel August 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      I never knew that about him! Was there any reason in particular he went by C.S. besides the fact going by his initials was easy enough to do? I still don’t understand the draw to go about it that way.

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  2. markmyworld August 12, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    This is a nice post. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    If you have time, let me know what you think of mine – https://www.markmyworld.me/2018/08/11/blogging-101/

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    • tynoel August 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      Thank you! I really enjoyed reading yours. Glad to see different perspectives on writing.

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  3. S. M. Saves August 22, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    Hmm… I believe it might be a pen name format made popular by famous authors (H.P. Lovecraft, E.B. White, J.K. Rowling, to name a few).
    Personally, I chose my pen name (back in 2008) not only for a veil of privacy but also because my real last name is difficult for other people to pronounce and spell. The pen name is easier to remember. 🙂

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