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What is the better pen name?

  1. Wagner Young

  2. Wagner Wright

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  1. Asaph Judea Wagner
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    What is a better pen name?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Asaph Judea Wagner, Nov 16, 2014.

    Hi, I think what I should use as a pen name. Please help me pick.
     
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    Wagner Honus.
     
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    Your choice but I would go for the one that you remember the easiest and can sign more fluently than the other.
     
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    Why do you feel you need a pen name?
     
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    Wagner? As a first name? Are you sure?
     
  6. Asaph Judea Wagner
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    My real name is Asaph Wagner. It's quite annoying to explain all the time how to pronounce it in English (EH-sef). It's after the guy who wrote the twelve Psalms of Asaph in the bible. My buddies call me Wagner anyhow.
     
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    Just saw this real name on Slashdot: Tollef Fog Heen
     
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    How about A. J. Wagner?
     
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    If I was ever going to write under a pen name it would probably be Leela Wallington, which would have been my name if I'd been born a girl to my mum and her partner before she met my dad. Although my mum would have spelled it Leila. The only fake male name I would use is Chris Andersen, and writing under that would likely be problematic since it's the same name as a relatively famous basketball player.
     
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    I've never heard of Chris Andersen but then, as far as basketball goes, I know one player's name and that's Dennis Rodman.

    Come to think of it, I'm now not even sure if he was a basketball player or a baseball player.

    My point being, would it really be that problematic to have the same author name as another 'famous' person that some people would know?
     
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    I read somewhere to keep your last name towards the front of the alphabet so you'd have a better spot on the shelf at the bookstore. Wagner Asaph. Although I like Ed's suggestion - A.J. Wagner.
     
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    Wright Young.

    I will add my voice to others asking why you even need a pen name.
     
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    Rodman was a basketball player, yes. He's more famous these days for going to N. Korea a few times though...

    I'm not really sure how problematic it would be. It certainly might confuse a few people though.
     
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    Well, here are eleven of them to start you off ...
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/54437/11-pairs-unrelated-famous-people-who-share-name
     
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    Aceph Wagner

    Eseph Wagner

    Phillip James

    Seph Wagner

    Or what @EdFromNY said, A.J. Wagner.

    Good luck, anyhow. : )
     
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    I am a particular fan of A.J. Wagner. But I am biased for AJ in general haha. Good luck hope you find one you like.
     
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    Yes. He was very successful back before World War I.
     
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    Advancing the natural progression of this thread...why do author's need a pen name in the first place?
     
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    I'll use a pen name. My real name is a bit hard for some people to pronounce and spell. Makes it tough to find on Amazon, for instance. Besides, I just don't like it. I don't feel it represents me properly.

    Maybe part of it is marketing. I wonder if Samuel Clemens would have been as successful if he hadn't used the name Mark Twain. William Faulkner was born Falkner, and added the "u" because, I guess, it looked classier. Anthony Burgess was born John Burgess Wilson, which is a fairly boring name. Ford Madox Ford was born Ford Hermann Heuffer, and found it better to avoid a German-sounding name because he was publishing during World War I.

    There are many reasons why a writer would want to use a pen name.
     
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    There's also the fact that some people use names of the opposite gender if they are writing in a genre where it's stereotypical for a writer to be a specific gender. That shouldn't really be necessary, but I think it still can be (at least in the eyes of some people).
     
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    I have no trouble spelling "Minstrel".
     
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    That's merely an Anglicization. It's actually spelled Mîñstrël and is pronounced "Poughkeepsie" (rhymes with "Cheektowaga").
     
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    Aye, but Dapper Skwirrul is kinda weird looking...
     
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    Oh. I thought the "x" was silent.
     
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