I’ve got a new theory. To be a successful writer, your middle name has to begin with R.
Those of us without middle names at all – sorry, you lose. Oh, wait a minute, you can make a name for yourself by, well, making one. Worked for Joanne Rowling, whose middle initial isn’t ‘K’. Technically, ‘J K Rowling’ is a nom-de-plume.
She didn’t use any ‘R’s yet still became the most successful author ever, but imagine if she’d used ‘R’ instead of ‘K’. Harry Potter might have gone from utterly awesome to uber-galactic.
So – if you have two middle names beginning with R, you’ve got an advantage. Three? Better still. Four – well, you merely have to breathe ‘novel’ to the trade and you’ll hit the NYT best selling list, without even having to write anything.
That’s why I concocted a nom-de-plume that, I think, encompasses all the essential values.
I can’t help thinking there’s something slightly adrift with the logic here, and it may not quite be a proper writing tip, but hey…
Have you ever thought of making a name for yourself by…making a name?
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