Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after the Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
"When you’re trying to create a career as a writer, a little delusional thinking goes a long way." Being a huge fan of Michael Lewis i loved this article via BrainPickings -- Michael Lewis on Writing, Money, and the Necessary Self-Delusion of Creativity