Pen Names: A Post From a Confused Soul

Evening lovely readers 🙂

I have to ask; what’s in a pen name? It seems such an archaic term given writers mainly use computers now. I will however say that I do still whip out the old pen and note pad should a creative spark strike.

As you’ll see from the title of this page I tend to go by A K Hinchey. I have however had work published under Andrea Hinchey. So what’s the big deal I hear you cry; they’re both your name. Well yes they are but how do you decide which version to use? Being published under one then the other, will readers link you to all your work? Should you use one for your main (perhaps most loved) genre while using another to try something new? Do you see where my confusion lies? I have yet to have a book published and am unsure which version to use should Hell freeze over and some unsuspecting publishers pick my novel over others 🙂

I will say one of the most creative pen names I’ve seen is that of one of my friends and a fantastic author. Helena Hann-Basquiat is a dynamic and multi-faceted person with creativity literally oozing from every pore. The writing is layered in excellence coupled with a decadent style few can hope to achieve, myself included. BUT the persona of Helena can act to distance the author from themselves. Given I know the reason I can completely see why Helena did this. Doing this also gives you a sense of freedom to create what you will unencumbered by past attempts and circumstance. It must be very liberating. I still cannot decide however if I would want to stick to one name for everything so people can see my diversity…

Ah well, I’m sure I’ll get there one day 😉

Thank you 🙂

Passivity, Get Thee to the Bowels of HELL!!!!!!!!

Hello lovely readers 🙂

Today I’m going to talk about something that plagues my writing; the passive voice. This little devil keeps slowly and lazily rearing its ugly head; I mean its passive, its not going anywhere fast.

Essentially, passive voice is when the focus of the sentence is on the action. Those who perform the action are not important. On average, there is usually some version of the verb be which is coupled with a past tense. For example,
                                                                                          ‘She felt her soul had shattered.’

Now this is the complete opposite of using the more active voice where the subject causes the action of the verb, for example – “I sing a song of the soul”. It’s great because in one sentence you get cause and effect, a solid moving forward of the narrative. I, like every other writer in the known World, always try to write my best and if I’m honest using the passive voice is not done intentionally; it’s just really bloody annoying when it pops up regardless lol.

Lets not forget the fact that by making the object of an action into the subject of a sentence can effectively change how we view the World. What?? I hear you shout. How the Hell does grammar affect our view of the World?? Well consider this, how can we understand the World to begin with when the tool we use to define it can be moulded into such a lacklustre, slow, almost drippy language? For example, Richard Mitchell in Elements of Style, stated it best when he wrote – “You may want to object that a whole view of the world and its meanings can hardly be importantly altered by a silly grammatical form. If so, you’re just not thinking. Grammatical forms are exactly the things that make us understand the world the way we understand it. To understand the world, we make propositions about it, and those propositions are both formed and limited by the grammar of the language in which we propose.” Richard Mitchell. 

From now on I will have to make sure I really do rewire my brain to write in the active voice permanently, which I do do in my writing now but passivity attacks on the rare occasion with a vengeance. Does anyone have any tips? I’m not too proud to say I accept any and all advice 🙂 I’m proud of anything and everything I write 🙂 Tomorrow will be a post on my study on the active voice and how I will apply it to my writing.

Thank you, vent over. My head hurts and I feel like my passive polar bear at the top. Hope I haven’t hurt your head too much 🙂

Mid Life Crisis or Subtle Name Change?

I have gotten to the stage in my editing where I wanted to change the name of my main characters love interest. I had called Aly’s lover in I Cast Magic Into the Darkness Lucas Belmont but I just don’t think it goes. I have fallen in love with Rohan (and no not RoHan like in Lord of the rings lol) but couldn’t even begin to think of a surname for it; Belmont doesn’t really go I suppose. I also worry that I have unconciously taken inspiration from Jex‘s fabulous novel The Road Elsewhere as her main character is called Rowanwood, or Rowan for short.I don’t want to copy my friend and perhaps I should leave it as Lucas.

Aaahhhhhh I don’t know, what do you think?

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