Pick a Pen Name (Writer Worksheet Wednesday)

How to choose a pen name or pseudonym to write under

Creative Writer Worksheet – Pick a Pen Name (PDF)

We take great pains choosing the perfect names for our characters, but what about picking the perfect name for ourselves?

There are many reasons you might want to publish under a pseudonym:

  1. You want to keep your writing secret from people who know you IRL.
  2. You want to be easier to find in search results (e.g. if your real name is common or associated with another business).
  3. You want to branch out into a different genre.
  4. You want to create a new persona.
  5. You don’t feel your real name reflects your personality.

Reinvent yourself! Rewrite your backstory! You have your permission.

P.S. You may want to create your Writer Persona first!
P.P.S. Here’s a great pen name generator you can try.


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