Pen Name… Or Not?

amy elizabeth, for real?

I tossed around the idea of a pen name for a long time, something I imagine many writers do.  After spending much time researching names,  I still found it difficult to let go of my identity to assume another. Then again,  I felt as though my privacy may be compromised by using my true birth name.  On one hand, I thought a pen name would give me freedom, on the other, I didn’t like the feeling of giving a stranger credit for my writing.  It looked odd on paper, and I was unfulfilled  to see something I spent months writing with a fictitious name attached to it.

There is only one name that will never change, a birth name.  Marriage, divorce, or death can change a name in part,  so to me, a last name carries only nominal weight.  I considered using my true name given by my parents, but that felt disrespectful to my husband. Besides, after a little research,  found there is already an accomplished well known author with my real name plastered on her books. Feeling a little distraught, and considering my lack of importance to an assumed last name anyway,  I decided to let go of the last name altogether.  After all, it is indeed a certainty that on my last dying day I will still be amy elizabeth.

Since I made the decision to use my birth name in part, amy elizabeth was still not a name I was used to. I’ve always just been just plain ol’ amy, but somewhere along the line that changed. Not sure how that happened, but I’m pleased to assume that I’ve subconsciously embraced who I’ve become… amy elizabeth, writer.

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About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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11 Responses to Pen Name… Or Not?

  1. Has a great ring to it: Amy Elizabeth, Writer!

  2. tbnranch says:

    You too! Lets write!

  3. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew says:

    I like the name and it has a great flow. Good choice in my opinion. I wish you all the best in your writing. Hugs

  4. Bongo says:

    The two names together have a very nice ring to them.

  5. Well, we all know where I stand on the pen name issue. 😉

    You are indeed a writer. A darn good one, too.

  6. Writer…. sounds like a great last name. 🙂

  7. tbnranch says:

    You’re funny. I think maybe my Mom did use both names when I was in trouble!

  8. Joe Edwards says:

    I really like you using your full birth name. I think it seperates you from every other Amy out there. Plus I can envision you as a child gettin’ bawled out by your Mama as she hangs out the screen door yellin’, “Amy Elizabth, get your skinny assed hiney in this house right this minute girly!” Ahhh, memories:
    🙂

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