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    Is a pen name generally a good Idea?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by IvoWriter, May 29, 2014.

    Hi guys. I'm new here and i want to be a writer. I have many ideas but I can never get down to writing them down and expanding them to a book. But that is a topic i will probably discuss later on.
    I tried to think of a good pen name and I was wondering does it sound good to you guys:
    It's Ian Heros.
    What do you think ?
     
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    As long as your pen name isn't completely outrageous, it's fine. I judge a book by its content, not by how appealing (or unappealing) the author's name is.
     
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    And you think it's not completely outrageous
     
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    It seems fine to me.
     
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    Thanks buddy, appreciate it
     
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    But instead of taking on that issue, you fret over a pen name. Now, that's what I call Creative Procrastination. ;)
     
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    That part is way easier to come up with
     
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    I guess.
     
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    But about the question.... I would think that it would be nice to have a professional name and a regular name for privacy reasons. When I was a kid, of course I dreamed of fame and fortune(for I was going to be the first female - and youngest -president of the United States), but now, the LAST thing I would want is to be bombarded with people constantly recognizing my name and assuming familiarity at any and every moment. (What...you mean that doesn't happen all the time once you get something published???? hahah)
     
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    The pen name is essential imo, just to reduce the hassle, really. I sometimes daydream about what kind of pen name my future agent will come up with for me, because I am hopeless with making up names so wouldn't know where to start on that one.
     
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    ill agree on the pen name for privacy thing, i myself use a pen name (Zakira, or Zaki Xai Salem) purely because i dont want to have continual bombardment with my actual name, i can switch off and be myself for a while (cause ZXS can be a total b**** sometimes)
     
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    Hoho. thanks you mrs President!
     
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    I'm actually considering one for myself now that there are projects I'm thinking about self-publishing in a genre outside my norm. Not that I don't want to be associated with them because of that alone but self-publications are often substandard, and while I believe I'm good and want to dip my toe in the pool, I'm not where I'd like (or rather, need) to be. For the ones I hope to someday traditionally publish (including a memoir) that require a more elevated level of writing I'm working to achieve, I'll want to use my real name out of sheer pride of that accomplishment. :whistle:

    As for your pen name, it isn't bad but I'll admit "Heros" kind of bugs me and makes me want to change it to heroes, even though I know it's for a name and not the word. :oops:
     
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    Too heroic but thanks
     
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    imo, it's only a good idea if you have a good reason for needing to use one...
     

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