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I use a pen name when I write, simply because I don't use my real name online. And I don't use my real name online because of a scary person who thought it would be fun to cyber stalk me. Also, I enjoy the anonymity (that I can't spell). I've recently become a bit worried about using a pen name because I want to be sure that people know that the writing is mine and not someone else's. Doesn't it make plagarism easier in a forum such as this? I just don't know.

What do you guys think? Are pen names good or bad?

"When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth." - Kurt Vonnegut

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The following comments are for "Pen name or no?"
by madrigals

pen names
Hi madrigals. I think if I had been cyber-stalked I would definately use a pen-name. In fact I don't really know what cyber-stalking is, but I've heard it mentioned a bit lately and it doesn't sound good. I don't think it makes plagarism easier or harder though, because I feel they will steal regardless.


( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: April 21, 2005 )

I agree
There is always the threat of plagarism from the internet, I know of it happening to other writers but onyl to have them published on other sites, just ask Crowe.

I do know of a poetry websote where one of the furms is hidden from searches, as far as they go it does not exist, if you are that worried PM me and I can give you the details.

It is on a poetry workshop though where there are rules to posting, you will have to be clear on those or you would be banned from the site.

Best wishes


( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: April 21, 2005 )

Thanks for the input you guys. The cyber stalking things isn't so much of a threat anymore but now I'm accustomed to being anonymous online unless I choose otherwise. Aside from my given name, there are only two other names I've written under but only published (or will be soon, I think) under one. The two "assumed" names are incredibly similar. I try not to post a whole lot here (obviously) because I'm worried about people passing my stuff off as theirs.

And on the subject of plagarising college papers, there's a blog somewhere with a great post about someone who solicited him to write a paper for him. So he bullshitted the entire thing and she bought it. She paid him for it and he turned her in. It was great. :D

( Posted by: madrigals [Member] On: April 21, 2005 )

Madrigals - pen names
The use of a pen name prevents personal friends and family from doing a search and finding your writing. Especially when there is an 'ex' ivolved who might be exposed in the writing of your honest experience, it's a good practice.

I find it very difficult to continually write new and honest pieces without the actions and attitudes of people I know (or have known)rearing their ugly heads.

I agree though, keep your list of pseudonyms short if at all possible - especially if you are hoping to make a record of your authorship in a public forum.

I don't often worry about someone stealing my work, but I choose not to post entire books or things that are easy to steal - like great children's book ideas and manuscripts.

I do post a lot of poetry - which is easiest to steal - but is all so personal, it might be more difficult for someone to prove it is theirs (and it is less desirable as a potentially hijacked piece), should it come down to it.


( Posted by: FeliciaStone [Member] On: April 24, 2005 )

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