Many a famous author – and some not so famous – have chosen to use a pen name to publish under rather than use their own name. I’ve been playing around with the idea for awhile myself, and have finally decided that I will write with a pen name, too.
Before making the decision, I listened to others discuss and have read articles and other blog posts about the topic. At the end of this post I have included a few that I thought were particularly helpful.
There are a lot of good reasons to write with a pen name. Below are just a few of the big ones I have seen (or heard) discussed.
- Avoiding Discrimination – based on gender bias or even the ethnicity of a name
- Writing in Multiple Genres – having a different well-tailored pen name for each genre you write in seems fairly common
- Privacy – keeping your writing life separate from your real life for any number of reasons
All are factors I considered but the biggest for me is keeping my writer self separate as much as possible from real life. I have a family (including young children) and a full time job, so a pen name works well for me.
So if you choose to have a pen name, how do you decide on a name? I have been working this out myself! Some things I have seen suggested and considered for my own:
- Favorite book characters
- Favorites TV/Movies characters
- Baby name searches
- Surname searches
- Family names
- People you admire
- Favorite Places
- Favorite Colors
- Genealogy Sites
I have a few names in final consideration stages and will share once I’ve decided on one. 😀
I still have to research all the legal aspects of writing with a pen name. I am only in the beginning stages of this part and will post again at another time when I find more details about the practical side of choosing to have a pen name.
Below are just a few articles I looked at before writing this post – which have far more information than my post provides – check them out! 😀
Are you for or against having a pen name? Let me know in the comments & feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions!
Have a great week!