The thing currently holding me back? Whether to submit my first work for publication under my IRL name or under my avatar name.
I am leaning towards using a pen name, because I have become so comfortable being “Effy.”
I have been Effraeti/Effy for about four years now. I went by my avatar name Rosaelyn for longer than that, but I never felt as connected to that name as Effy. Is it because I have been writing under Effy in addition to using it as my in-game name? I think so.
I am also not sure HOW to officially label myself… As Effraeti? As Effy? Is a single name okie, or do I still need a last name? Would a single name be pretentious? And what would I use as a last name if I decided to go in that direction?
My creative writing teacher, Jas, thinks I should make my pen name just “Effy.” It makes sense. It is both easier to write and easier to pronounce than “Effraeti.” But I feel that “Effraeti” is my full avatar name and therefore should be my “official” pen name.
I guess I am writing this in the hopes of getting some feedback.
What do you all think? What should be my “official” pen name?