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acm323 from California June 26, 2018 - 9:14pm

How many of you have used a pen name?  I used one for my last book.  I'm not really sure why.  I guess it was a privacy thing.  But now, I'm kind of regretting it.  It's so silly.  My pen name is so close to my real name anyway.

Thoughts?

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman June 27, 2018 - 1:44pm

More and more, I'm a fan of the pen name. It gives you the flexibility to have a writing persona that's separate from your personal life and/or work life. And I think the thing is that you can always start with a pen name and collapse your pen name and personal name down the road, but if you start out with your real name, you're stuck. A pen name gives you the best and biggest number of options. 

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore July 1, 2018 - 6:20pm

It was Nadine Gordimer who said: “A serious person should try to write posthumously.”

This is sound advice and it’s made easier to follow when using a pen name, since, after all, a pen name removes vanity from the equation and thereby self-restraint.

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HaybitchAbersnatchy from Currently living in Denver, CO is reading The Children of Blood and Bone July 2, 2018 - 12:53pm

I write a lot of different genres - the sort of genres that don't usually appeal to the same groups (erotica and childrens lit for example) so I use a couple for those.

But also, I write a lot of memoir/personal essays and I'd much rather keep that from blowing up in my personal life.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated July 3, 2018 - 8:37pm

I feel like I have to, there are like three or four authors who write with the same name in the same genres I write in.