I thought it would be appropriate to discuss this topic since I’ve been using one myself and everyone keeps asking me for my real name.
When Solitary Writing was born, there were four of us writing under it. We had a very similar writing style for short poems however we all branched off to working on our own stuff and lost contact.
I continued to write under ‘Solitary Writing’ as it stuck with me. The entire act of writing alone and going through the processes by myself. I fell in love with the anonymity and the brand which kept some type of mystery about who I am and it didn’t seem to bother anyone.
Now, before coming up with a pen name I think you need to ask yourself why. If you’re crossing genres or trying to remain anonymous (I respect this because a lot of us are introverts and aren’t looking to become famous).
Some people I’ve noticed are afraid of tainting their name with negative reviews. No review is negative if you’re learning from it and using it to improve in your next piece!
Crossing genres is something I plan to do openly – you will find that out on the Bookshelf page soon enough. It will also bring a broader range of readers to your author website and I personally think that it will give you greater credibility than loss of integrity if you’re good at what you write.
I remember using a pen name when I was a teenager because I didn’t want to be ‘judged’ for credibility by my age. The reviews were both positive and negative but as much as it brought me down back then, I took the advice on board and strengthened my areas of improvement. Looking back now, I am glad in a way that I used a pseudonym because when I read it I still cringe.
If you do however decide to go ahead with one, please keep it basic. Some of the names that I’ve seen on Kindle Unlimited are wince worthy. I’d love to do a Vine compilation video on them but I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. (I promise I’m nice).
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