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In the world of writing, especially for those of you who wish to own a book, using pseudonyms or pseudonyms is common or common. Well, do you want to know the meaning of pseudonyms, examples, and how to make a unique and interesting pseudonym? let’s read on.

Its use has long been carried out by ancient writers in different countries. In Indonesia itself, the use of pseudonyms started during the struggle for independence and the New Order era. To this day, there are still many writers who use pseudonyms for all their works. Why is that?


What is a pseudonym?

The first thing to understand about a pseudonym is its meaning. In general and as quoted from, a pseudonym is defined as a pseudonym adopted by an author. When specific authors use real names, they are complete and educated.

Some authors, therefore, choose to use a pseudonym, which is then listed as the author’s name in all their published works. Be it in the form of short stories and book reviews published in the mass media. Not even in books published by publishers.

There are many reasons why a writer should use a pseudonym instead of their real name. Each author has their reasons or goals for deciding to use a pseudonym.

The use of pseudonyms is also more commonly used for non-scientific works or works of fiction. Meanwhile, scientific work, be it in the form of magazines, scientific books such as certain course books, and the like. The author uses his real name and educational qualifications.

The aim is to increase the credibility of scientific books that have been written in such a way that they do not use pseudonyms. But the full name with educational degrees, including honorary degrees, religious titles, and other titles.

For example, a computer science book, that deals with a programming language. Unless the author includes a bachelor’s degree in computer science, people are reluctant to buy the book. On the other hand, when the author gives his name and title, the public thinks that the book was written by an expert and is more credible.


Why should an author have a pseudonym?

Are then books and other types of literature written under pseudonyms a work that is not credible? Of course not, as using pseudonyms is more common for non-academic writing and people will focus on the quality of the content.

Nicknames in the writing world are used for several reasons. Here are the reasons why authors should have or choose to have pseudonyms:

  • Concealing of the original identity, usually for reasons of personal security, especially for writers who criticize the government, political parties, etc., to keep them safe (not get arrested).
  • Gender concealment, in ancient Europe writers were dominated by Adam because they were considered more educated. Although many women are also capable of writing quality works. So they decided to use pseudonyms to disguise their gender so that their writings would be read and judged on quality rather than the author’s gender.
  • More sales, sometimes the real name is considered too rigid and less attractive, then a pseudonym is used which is more attractive and sells more.
  • Avoidance of market names, in the case of authors the original name can belong to many others and so that it is not marketable, a pseudonym is used.
  • Matching the genre, a book of a certain genre is considered good if the author’s name fits that genre. For example, if the author has an Islamic name, an Islamic book is considered more attractive and credible.
  • Easy to remember: When the author’s real name is too long, complicated, or perhaps difficult to spell, many use pseudonyms to make it easier for readers to remember and to make it better known to the public.


Tips on creating or choosing a pseudonym

Of all the reasons why you use the pseudonym described above, which is your real reason for using that pseudonym? If you are interested in using a pseudonym in the written work created.

Then there are several tips for making a pseudonym that is attractive, easy to remember, and, of course, sells better. Here are the tips:


  1. Interesting name

Creating a pseudonym or pseudonym should be eye-catching or interesting. As soon as the text appears, the reader is immediately drawn to the author’s name, which grabs attention. A memorable name like this increases your selling point and makes the author’s name memorable, even memorable for all time.


  1. Short (1 – 3 words)

An author’s pseudonym should ideally be kept short. Many local authors use pseudonyms because real names are too long and complicated. So that a pseudonym can simplify it so that it is easy to remember and at the same time make it interesting.

Quite a few successful authors use pseudonyms with 1-2 words. You can make it up to 3 words. Make sure it’s not complicated, interesting, and not too long either.


  1. Easy to remember

Nicknames should ideally be easy to remember, so back to the previous point where pseudonyms need to be kept short or short. If it is easy to remember, people will easily remember the author’s name and his work. This is great for branding.


  1. Unique

Try to make the pseudonym unique and attractive, and avoid using a name that is too marketable. So that the author’s name on the cover of the work always remains the trademark of the works produced. A unique name also makes it more attractive and memorable.


  1. According to the writing topic

Certain fonts require a pseudonym that fits the font’s theme. For example, as with Islamic writing, the author’s name should have an Islamic touch to make it more attractive and be seen as a credible author.


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