Do you have a pen name?

Here’s an interesting article about how famous authors chose their pen names: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51195/how-8-famous-writers-chose-their-pen-names

I know J.K. Rowling had to choose that pen name to target the boy audience, but I will not going to hide the fact I’m a woman, so others will read my work and enjoy it. So, everyone will just have to accept the fact I, a woman, wrote the novel I intend to publish :p.

I went through so many options in the past few years, and not a single pen name came to fruition. I’ve always known that I wouldn’t use my legal name, because writing is a different adventure for me. My pen name is: Ellie Maria Acacia

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Do you have one? 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

“Are your characters physically based on people you know?”

My novel has a lot of characters, but not all of them have been physically defined, yet. Right now I’m focusing on writing the entire story, I don’t pay attention to the grammar —but it does drive me crazy sometimes, it needs a lot of proofreading — and it took me a long time to decided not to, because I used to be afraid of the story not being good enough. If I think this way, I will never achieve anything. My novel will not be good for everyone, never. Take Lord of the Rings for example, eloquent plot, new language, yet there are a lot of people out there who loathe it! I didn’t know it was possible to loathe this masterpiece, but it is. My main goal is so inspire others and as long as I inspire at least ONE person, my goal has been accomplished. Which is why I haven’t focused too much on the appearances of my secondary characters. They are all loosely based on people I have met; the men are based on the types I like. The fact I don’t exactly have a ‘type’ of man in real life creates a diversity amongst my characters. If my novel ever gets published, you’ll notice that I focus more on their inner emotions rather than physically appearances (although, there are instances where I have to), and that is based on who I am in reality. I’ve lived in South America, U.S.A, Vancouver and now Ontario, so I’ve seen a lot. Hopefully, I’ll be able to visit Europe, New Zealand, and Australia in the near future to get more inspiration 🙂

Here’s a tip: Ask your friends for feedback, but do not change your whole story based on this. Use it to make a few changes, but do not get discouraged. Everyone has a different taste in books; some may not like yours, but others will. Follow your instincts and remember, you’re first writing for yourself, and then to inspire others.

If you’re thinking of writing a novel, poem, anything, DO IT! Life’s short and if you put it on hold, you never know what could happen in the future that might prevent you from writing.

 

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Super excited for the A to Z challenge!!!

I’m always excited when I encounter new challenges, and this is another step into furthering my writing. If you haven’t signed up, you can still do until the end of today (March 30th). The challenge begins tomorrow: A to Z Challenge

The reason I’m doing it is because, why not? I love to talk and write and this gives me a great excuse to continue doing so. Besides, it will challenge me to think and imagine new places to explore. I’m also hoping to come up with more ideas for my novel :). There is always room for improvement, and I cannot wait to share more posts with all of you! My ideas start in my head and end on a piece of paper (or Word document). Hopefully, I don’t end up curled up in a ball and wailing  in a corner :p.

If you’re doing the challenge, best of luck! If you aren’t doing it, best of luck, as well :D.

 

 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤