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Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?



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Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I did actually consider this when I was younger! My name would be Emma Holmes (I am a big fan of Emma Watson and Sherlock Holmes). I wanted to write a romantic eBook about detectives solving crimes and I didn't want my name on it. Well it turned out that writing a book is harder than a 12 year old can imagine so I gave up and wrote a short story about those two detectives.
What about you, what was your pseudonym?

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allyn2017

I have written an article once in school paper, well I am part of article department but that one article, I don't want them to know that I have written it so I used pseudonym for that article.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, same here, I have written an article on a school paper about that, and it goes so well even my teacher and classmates give me around of applause.



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allyn2017

That's great, you must be very proud of yourself by writing it really great.



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menchuuy58

I have not experienced it yet. Its really my name that I use in our school newspaper or magazine.



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Kakashi2020

I've been writing using a pseudonym for years now. For me it's not a question of using a pseudonym, my question is should I use the same pseudonym or should I try using a new pseudonym?



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allyn2017

Maybe you should try a new one, to build a new identity.



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Steve5

I've also done that. It's when you're writing articles that convey a sense of mystery. So if your writing is really good, people will want to know who wrote it. And then you can safely enjoy people's reactions since they don't know it's you.



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Jelineex

You'll get to know their violent reaction in a natural way. It's fun and exciting to learned it especially from friends. Sometimes, it hurts to know but it's reality. We need to undergo such process.



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Steve5

That's funny. Why is it a violent reaction? If your writing is good, they'll be impressed. The only exception is if your writing needs a lot of improvement. So much to the point of being hard to read.



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Jelineex

Well some person like to say bad words as their means of appreciation. The initial reaction that reflect on their faces either they are convince or feels something strange. An article or writing gives us different reactions depending on how it is written. I guess, it's natural.



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Steve5

I find that interesting and hilarious. I can relate. Some people do have weird ways of reacting. Sometimes you're just not sure if they're giving positive feedback. So best to ask them how they feel.



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allyn2017

Also when it's a controversial article and they have opposite opinions with yours, it is better if they don't know who wrote it.



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Steve5

I agree. You're better off being left anonymous. Articles like that often bring much heated discussions. You wouldn't want to be at the center that. Especially, because you wrote it.



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emiaj55

Pseudonyms have been fun since I started writing for our school paper way back high school. Back then after we have written our news and feature articles, writers creates lots of literary pieces. From these we select what would go to papers for the students to read. Being a teenager and all, we were all in for the mystery drama of writers of love, passion and hurt (the common topics of poems back then). My favorite pseudonyms back then were: P.S. Ilove you and Page 17.



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ajahcuizon

I like that pseudonym that you used for you stories. It gives emphasis o the story that you made. It seems that you're a romantic person because of that pseudonym "P.S Ilove you". Especially that "Page 17" pseudonym, it is really mysterious for me. If I have read your stories and saw your pseudonym, I will probably turn the page back to page 17 to see what's in there.



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emiaj55

Thank you, they are one of my favorites. I used two back then to create an illusion of two different personas, writing on different themes. I used Page 17 when I am writing a mystery themed piece; And P.s. Iloveyou, when I write about love: gain or lost.



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ajahcuizon

That's a great idea. On that way, they won't get confused about your pseudonym as they are categorized to the theme of your story. I'll try to do the same thing as you did.



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Alymae

Mine was the name of my favorite anime character, Sakura. I wrote my articles using this name and my love stories too. I don't like to put my name on my works because I don't want them to know. I am a very shy person.



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theresajane

I was just scrolling through the thread and found this. I must say this. Your pseudonyms are quite remarkable.



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emiaj55

Thank you. It was just inspired by adolescence I guess. Back then we really did write just for the fun of writing and having our works enjoyed by the readers.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, I was amaze with his pseudonyms, thank you for sharing this one to us.



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Steve5

Nice pseudonyms. It's important to convey a sense of intrigue among readers. Using them instead of our real names can increase people's fascination. Kind of like books with different author personas. Like J.K. Rowling.



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Youngshark

Hahhahaha. I actually think that anything you perceive in your mind is doable just when you have the right persistence. YOu have to keep at it and when you imagine that people would not like what you will write just do it and get some feedback along the way.



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amelia88

It’s not something I’ve done yet, but certainly something I’d consider. I appreciate having anonymity and a pseudonym definitely helps with that! I’ll just have to come up with a good, catchy name!



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allyn2017

I agree with you, and it also protect you from any attacker, like people who doesn't like your article even if it's good, or people who have opposite opinions as yours.



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iambeth

That's true. It would definitely protect you from those bashers and trolls lurking in the internet looking for someone to victimize.



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amelia88

Yes these days everyone has an opinion and many people want to express that online. Even if someone slightly disagrees with what you’re saying it can see some pretty nasty comments being hurled around. It’s certainly one way to protect from that.



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luv2xacosta

That it correct. People now a days are very sensitive that when you tell something it might offend them and then they will bash you. So I think it is good to put pseudonym when writing a story so that can not locate whoever you are.



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nrnlss

yes, that is true and honestly I am really annoyed by how young adults and even adults now a days are hypersensitive.



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nrnlss

Yes, because sometimes those kind of people are too much and even drag your personal life into chaos.



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emiaj55

Anonymity also protects a writer from prejudice. Sometimes readers and publishers take one look at your background and they toss your work aside. That is why some choose to use pseudonyms, to prevent such prejudice hinder their success. A very good example is J.K. Rowling.



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Corzhens

I had never considered myself to be a writer but I find using pseudonym as fancy and sometimes funny. We have a number of friends who are professional writers, some of them in the movies but most are book writers. There are 2 gay writers whose pseudonym are women's names. Obviously that is their hangup and I don't blame them. One male writer who is macho has an alias similar to the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger.



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emiaj55

I think pseudonyms are also an outlet of your artistry. And a lot of artists (if not all) draws a lot of inspiration from frustrations, failures and successes. That is why your art can be construed as an extension of yourself. Maybe that is why he is Arnold Schwarzenegger in some way.



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theresajane

I had written a poem when I was in College. That was my first time ever to submit my work and have it published through our school paper. Having no confidence back then, I preferred to have my paeudonym.



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allyn2017

I feel you, my first poem that was published in school paper was also under a pseudonym.



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Judas2018

As a website and brand owner I already do write under a pseudonym when I pen articles for the site. When it comes to screenplays and things like that though, I write under my given name.



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Kakashi2020

I often use two pseudonyms one is what I'm using in my writing jobs, which is Kakashi 2020. Kakashi because it means Scarecrow in Japanese, which is to me a cool pseudonym. While I can't discuss my other pseudonym because it's not related to writing or freelance work.



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Martinsx1

"... Expranza... " is my pseudonym and I don't use it most times in my freelance work but in some areas. The pseudonym is linked to my favorite role model Eddie Guerrero who is late now. He was a WWE superstar when he was alive and World champion in his wrestling days.

RIP EDDIE!!



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superlicca

I have never written anything using a pseudonym but if I will have to, my name would be Daniella L. I find Daniella as a very beautiful name. The letter stands for the first letter of my last name. I think it is good to use a pseudonym especially if your real name does not sound good like mine.



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theresajane

Pseudonyms like that always make me think that I should also think of a beautiful pseudonym.



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superlicca

That is right. I chose this name because this is also the name that I wish I had. If Daniella is my name, my nickname will be Daine. This name is just so beautiful to hear.



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ajahcuizon

That's a cute pseudonym of yours. I also consider this before, if I will use a pseudonym for my written stories, I would like to be call as the "Blue Angel" because my favorite color is blue and on the same time, my first name starts with Angel. I like using pseudonym as it adds mystery to the identity of the story itself.



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romyter013

I used to have before but they keep on copying it and telling its their code name. So I said I'll just use my name and and add a twist. I used 'Mang Romy' (Mr. Romy) when I wrote a poem before. everyone knows me by my second name in our campus. My professor only knows my real name. Until now they still don't have a clue who wrote that poem but they never had an idea that 'Mang Romy' is not a guy.



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jayjaydimson

No, I don't think so, because I only write just to earn money online.



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Martinsx1

Well, most of us are into online freelancing to make money online in one way or another but there is nothing wrong with writing for fun as well. In as much as you are writing to earn money online, you can write on subjects you are very familiar with and write good articles or books or stories on it.



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Martinsx1

Normally, my area of expertise when it comes to writing is strictly on poetry - poems. I have written several poems and still adding more to my collection as the day goes by.

I have actually tried writing a few novels but they are all written half way through and not completed but sooner or later, I'm definitely going to complete it.



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Barida

You should definitely look to complete those works that you've started and see how far that you are going to be with that. I believe that there is need for you to work out ways that you'll work things out as well.



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HappyLady

I have never thought of writing under a pseudonym, but now I am wondering if it would be a good idea for some of the things I do. Quite what I would call myself, I am not sure. I would want it to be memorable and fun. However, my brain is not working far enough to think of one today. Anyway, if I told you, you would know who I was so that would defeat the purpose of the excersise!



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jaybee19

I am currently writing with the name BlueJB. Blue is my favorite color and JB is a combination of my Nickname's and Family Name's initials. I am actually not that popular yet and my stories aren't that perfect but I have posted them before on Wattpad. Although I stopped for like two years already because I am currently focusing on my college life as a Senior and also to my freelance jobs which is obviously better for now because I can get monetary compensation immediately which I use for my needs and some wants.



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Barida

I perfectly understand the reason some people may want to write under a pseudonym as they want to have that privacy and freedom to express themselves without being judged directly. However, there is something that we should understand which is originality as that is something that I have worked all through to improve on and I know that writing under my real name gives me that freedom.



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Judas2018

I think writing under your real name is perfectly fine. But when writing for some websites, a pseudonym is part of their brand or just how they build up their online mystique.



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jpk0007

Well, I have never done any writing work using a pseudonym but I feel that it would be something that I would consider doing in the future. I think that there can be many advantages when you do your work using a pseudonym. First of all, it will give you partial immunity from negative comments which come your way when people know your identity. There are many topics which are very controversial or may be considered to be a taboo in the country where you live. I always have this constant urge to speak out and express my views on these no go subjects and using a pseudonym will be very helpful in this regard.



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Kakashi2020

I've been using a pseudonym since my college days. The very first Pseudonym that I've used is Arthur Cabernet Pendragon. I coined this pseudonym after my professor instructed us to think of a good pseudonym and I've been using it since then.



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mdayrit

Haven't really thought about what pseudonym to use if ever I will use one. My current writing jobs doesn't really need me to have a pseudonym. Every time I submit my work, I can no longer consider the article as my own so I cannot put my name on it. But if ever I will be given the chance to finally put my name as the writer, I will consider using pseudonym. Apart from it adds a mystery to who the writer is, I think I will feel more comfortable sharing what I write if people doesn't know that it is me.



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burgosmichael24

When I was younger back then, I also use pseudonym when writing poems. I use "Holden Caulfield", he was the main character in the novel " The Catcher in the Rye". It's one of my favorite book when I was in college and I was surprised to see this book featured in a Korean Drama "Which Star are You From?". I don't really like novels but this one hooked me. That's the story behind my pseudonym.



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luv2xacosta

When I was in college I was writing for the school newspaper. I use pseudonym for a change. But I think there was never been something special about it.



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Jeane

For many freelancers it is almost impossible to use a pseudonym unless what you are writing will be published on your blog. There are many reasons why some may be uncomfortable using their real name so they may need a fake name. You could use then use the pseudonym of your choice for guest posts published on other sites. It is all about consistency. Can't use one name on your site and a different one elsewhere if you are trying to establish yourself as an authority in your niche.

That said, though I haven't used a pseudonym yet, when I publish an ebook I most certainly will use a pseudonym. Stephanie Queene. That will be the name.



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gutzman

Way back then when I was a school writer, I use a pseudonym in my articles and poem because I want the reader to focus on my work rather than me talking with them with the words I've written on the school newspaper. I was also a cartoonist. This way I am able to express more myself without thinking how people would react on me because of what I've said. It's not that I'm afraid or what. I just feel free to write, say or draw whatever message I wanted to convey that way. I have this thing with me that I wanted to be mysterious. Mysterious in a way to hide myself and to highlight my work instead. I'm writing and drawing not to be well known but to share my works and thoughts with other people.



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DenisP

I actually have begun to write and create other content under a pseudonym, mostly for the sake of anonymity. Some of my content has begun to garner more attention which can give rise to people who want to stick their noses into your personal business.

I’d rather that my work isn’t associated with me or my personal history, as that can lead to some undesirable effects, and would rather have my work stand on its own. When you write under a pseudonym, it becomes a part of the work rather than you or your personally history influencing it.



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esteban123

I really like using a pseudonym because it enables me to save from those people that might really want to know my real identity, I don't want that anybody would know me when I am writing some articles because it is a way of knowing their true comments and reactions on my written articles. It is a great way for me to be guided if I would need to improve my articles or just leave it fine at the very moment.



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coolavender

I prefer to use a pseudonym for projects that have nothing to do with my main profession. I am using a pseudonym or an online persona with her own email address and contact number for many of my online activities and this has somehow encouraged me to try uncharted waters. I feel that one of these days, I'll be bold and brave enough to contribute to the erotica genre while hiding behind my pseudonym. I need to keep my real name on my blog and other technical publications though because that's the only way for me to take or earn credits for them.



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Steve5

Yes, of course. I'm sure all of us have wondered what it would be like to have one. It's just something so silly and mysterious. Lots of authors have done this. The one that comes to mind is J.K. Rowling.

I read that she used it so as to not sound like a girl. Because she knew that guys wouldn't want to read her books knowing a girl wrote it. Makes so much sense.



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cks003

I prefer a pseudonym for posting in blogs, forums etc to real name when it involves writings which are not directly related to my main profession. That allows readers and followers to recognise me easily in the sea of writers but I want my peers from my profession to know my works. So it depends on the nature of the work, to decide on whether to use pseudonym or real name.



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Jelineex

Yes, I also used fictitious name even these days especially in social media. I am not comfortable revealing my whole identity. I find it more exciting and mysterious. Sometimes, I like to listen or read reactions from what I wrote.



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theresajane

You have a great point. Especially in social media, identity theft is so prevalent nowadays that it's very risky to reveal all of you personal information, even your name, in public.



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jaymish3

In all my dealings online I use a pseudonym This is essential because it is very easy for someone to steal your identity. I know many people whose Facebook accounts have been hacked. When writing articles on article writing sites I always use a pseudonym. I think also if you want to keep your privacy this is a good thing to do. I think that using a pseudonym is essential for your privacy and you can create a brand around.



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Judas2018

But wouldn't it suck if someone stole your pseudonym also? I mean it protects your real identity, but if someone likes your alias they could try and steal that also, for themselves.



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agbuyarashel

I have never been a part of our school journalist club but I love reading my classmate's work and get inspired sometimes.
One time our teacher asked us to make an essay and she will pick the best essay and the writer will compete outside the school to win cash prize, I was able to make my first decent writings for the first time and I passed the top 3 but she told us to make another one and she will pick again. I got discouraged and did not pass anything.



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burgosmichael24

I was amused to know your pseudonyms especially on the stories behind it. It was interesting to know how creative writers are. I have observed that consciously or unconsciously we use pseudonyms that describes our personality.



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anyone01

For consistency and branding purposes, if I feel like writing in a distinctive style I take advantage of a pseudonym. At one factor in my writing career, along side a few books posted underneath my personal name, I had some of books available on kindle, all written beneath exceptional creator names.



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laurenb111

Oh, Goodness. I’ll tell you, I wrote under a pseudonym when I was in middle school. I had an account on Wattpad under a fake name because I was embarrassed of the kind of stories I was writing. I feared the day that anyone would ever associate me with my collection of many lengthy works of fanfiction if I put my real name out there. If anyone from my school looked up my name I didn’t want the first thing they’d see to be Supernatural, Sherlock, Harry Potter, etc. fanfiction. That’s why I wrote under a pseudonym. It was a phase - we all do embarrassing things in middle school. I cringe looking back at the kind of content I produced when I didn’t write with my own name. But I also laugh, because my pseudonym was so similar to my real name that all someone would have to do is misspell my name slightly to find all of my old works. So, what’s the point of a pseudonym at that point? No one ever found my account and stories, but it wouldn’t have been hard to find if they’d tried.



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knnon

Back in high school I've written a lot of articles under a pseudonym. I used it because it was like a safety blanket for me, I could write all my thoughts for the whole school to read and I get to keep my identity a secret. I used the name KAL back then.



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Franzel2oo

There was a point where I was hell bent on exposing a conspiracy (theory) that everyone was afraid to talk about. I was going to write it down to most gory details and then publish online under a pseudonym. It turns out I never really got around to figuring out what my pseudonym will be. I never got to write that story. I simply grew out of it. The things we think about when we are young.



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NerdIndeed

I never had one, but on forums and social media sites, I prefer using a different name. Like here, I go by the name of 'NerdIndeed.' I think it is more practical and safer especially in the online world to use a pseudonym. People are so judgemental on the internet, and you don't want to compromise your reputation by using your real one.



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Judas2018

Even without a pseudonym most people have a nickname. So using that works as well online.



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NerdIndeed

Using your nickname in real life might compromise your reputation as well. What I noticed with online people is they react to situations emotionally at what they are feeling at the moment and not logically. So it's best to use a pseudonym every time.



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Bravosi

Hi there!
I'd say a pseudonym has a charm to it, especially if you're writing anonymously. Imagine the thrill of your audience when you reveal your rela identity. But personally, the idea of writing under a pseudonym never occured to me (except forums of course).



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Wenkx03

I think using pseudonym makes your writing more catchy. Cause it leaves your audience wondering. Hiding personalities have their advantages to. It also give you security specially writing a confidential article.



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Novelangel

I have often thought of using pseudonyms since I can't seem to find my own name "authory" enough to suit me. One name I played with many years ago consisted of adding the letters ez to the end of my real name, which at the time was Karns. I thought Karnez added more distinction to the name, but it probably didn't do it a whole lot of justice anyway. I think about this topic all the time and wish I had a more author friendly type of name.



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rlpzbeermoney

Thinking of a pen name is more frustrating than just writing the article for yourself. I just use whatever "internet username" I could think of at the time. They are all kid humor at one point but now I just use my real name. First name is just the first letter followed by the last name.



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