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    What's the best way to go about a good pen name?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Lotgrinder, Apr 2, 2013.

    I've always posted on forums as Lotgrinder.

    You can't use that as a pen name though, right?

    I was thinking of going with L.G. Blazo.

    L.G= Lotgrinder

    Blazo= The old name tag that was left on my condo's buzzer for a month when I moved in.

    I want to use a pen name because there's no way in hell I'd ever want my family or friends to know about some of the stuff I am trying to write.
     
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    go with whatever makes more sense for you, i have the same reason for wanting a pen name, i dont want friends and family knowing what i write...

    ive always had a name to use, Lupo Xenon, the first is Esperanto for Wolf, thats a nickname of mine and i thought that Xenon made a nice flow, despite being a chemical element
     
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    I'm intrigued as to why an author wouldn't want friends and family to know what they write. :eek:

    But I can see the benefit of a pseudonym to get near the middle of the alphabet on a bookshelf, or to make an alliterative name or have syllabic rhythm:

    Jo na than Kell er man
    Clive Cussler
    Frederick Forsyth
    Bill Bryson
    Daniel Defoe
     
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    for me, i write horror, which, to my family and friends, seems like the last thing i would write, i want to keep it that way, but still get things out there, also, because i can write in more than one genre, if i do write in another genre and use my own name, it seems like i am still writing.

    also, being someone who has a name that sounds like 3 first names, it gets irritating trying to explain it to people, thus, taking out any need to question the name, i can get on with the writing
     
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    pretty much anything is ok as long as it doesn't lead anyone who knows/knew you to guess it's you...

    should be something you're comfortable with, not anything we like...
     
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    exactly, itll be something i know no one that i know, will know, except from the person i trust to read through it
     
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    I'd avoid something like Lupo Xenon. It's too obviously a pen name, and people would go "Oh, come on!"

    I'd also definitely avoid something deliberately offensive or provocative, like "Adolf Hitler Smith" or something like that.

    Just pick a normal name, something easy to spell and remember, and preferably something that does not deliberately hide your gender (like just using initials instead of a full first name).
     
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    fair point dude, should really reconsider the name...
     
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    I have two I will use: One is for children's and YA. The other, for adult readers. I like how they sound.
     
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    I always use a surname that starts with "A", and something short and easy to remember rather than overly artistic. It's a big advantage online when writers are listed in alphabetical order, or on the publisher's website for readers to post reviews.
     
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    I agree with madhoca that it should be easy to remember. Also, if it can fit the genre to some degree, it might be even easier to remember. For example, I think "Garth Nix" is a perfect name for a YA fantasy writer. It's so good I thought it was a pen name, but it's actually his real name. It's easy to remember and fits the genre.

    My name is soooo common; I definitely need a pen name of some kind. I've personally met two other people that share it, AND there's even a fairly successful writer with my name. So... yeah.
     
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    I always go under my name usually

    I remember using the name Dennis more than once but I don't remember why I chose that name
    I figure using DeathandGrim or just Grim would be a bit morbid

    If I'm trying to conceal my identity I probably would use the name R.A.N. (Random Ass Name)
     
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    I assumed that about "Karin Slaughter" - after all, the surname "Slaughter" is way too obvious for a crime writer. But I was wrong; it's her real name.
     
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    I just picked another name that I liked (not that it matters. I've only been published in a university publication under my real name). I didn't want it to sound crazy or have a lot of meaning. Just another normal person name of someone you might meet. I want it to sound like a person's name, not a screen name.
     

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