I like to escape with Gossip Girl for the ultra-melodramatic storylines, the outlandish I-would-so-never-wear-that-even-if-it's-couture fashion, and the highbrow society events. The characters are fun to watch too, with the most intriguing character being Gossip Girl herself. Gossip Girl is the pen name for the original host of this blog publicizing the private lives of Manhattan's young and spoiled. She often signs off on her posts with "You know you love me, XOXO Gossip Girl."
The pen name of Gossip Girl allows the writer to be anonymous. That is one reason why some writers assume pen names. Published authors who want to write in a genre outside of what they're known for sometimes also use pen names. Another reason why writers assume pen names is because they want to distinguish between their identity in one profession and another- for example, they don't want their reputation as a phlebotomist to mix with their reputation as a writer of YA vampire lit.
While I like my name, I haven't ruled out the possibility of using a pen name someday, especially since I am interested in writing in a variety of genres for both children and adults.
Do you prefer pen names or real names? Do share.
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