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What’s Your Pen Name?

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Do you ever dream of being a world famous novelist? I feel like I should write a novel, but it’s always so hard to get started. I’m not sure what I would write about, and I’m afraid I would write something too goofily autobiographical. They say that the key to being a good writer is to read a ton, so I’m focusing on that for now!

Besides not having a topic for a novel, I’m not so sure I have the name to be a novelist. I’d like a name with a little more zing… a pen name or “nom de plume” is what I’m looking for 🙂 It would be nice to have a cool sounding, literary name – especially if people could pronounce it more easily than Kari. (Yes, it just rhymes with “starry,” but that’s still a bit tricky for some people!)

Were you fascinated by pen names as a kid? I always thought the idea of changing your name was extremely interesting – probably because names seemed so set in stone until I learned that you can change them. I don’t think I’d want to change my name permanently, but I think it’s cool how some authors sometimes adopt pen names to try out a different persona or to secretly test a new idea without attaching their names to it.

Instead of coming up with my own pen name, I decided to write a quiz to do it. I hope you enjoy getting your own pen name as well, and who knows? Maybe this quiz will inspire you (and me) to get writing: What’s Your Pen Name?

Discussion question: Would you prefer to write under your own name or under a pen name?

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What Genre Should You Write?

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Do you like to write? Or have you at least dreamed about it? I don’t spend much time writing more than quizzes and blog posts, but I have dreams of writing a novel. Maybe not a Great American Novel, but hopefully something readable 🙂

If you were going to write a book or short story, what genre would you write? Take my latest quiz to see what kind of work you should write: What Genre Should You Write? Let me know what you get and if you agree with your result.

Discussion question: What sort of writing have you dreamed of doing? You can answer genre or form… or both!

New Quiz: Are You a Diary or a Journal Quiz?

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Does a journal or diary suit you better?

Do you write in a diary or journal? I love to write, but I honestly have not been much of either over the years. As a young girl, I kept a diary occasionally because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. But I never made a habit of it, and most of my journals sat empty save for a couple entries at the beginning. I suppose I always thought my life or point of view was not that interesting and not really worth writing down. I do wish that I had written a journal during my youth though. It would be fun to go back over as an adult 🙂

When one of this blog’s readers (hi! Pamu) suggested a quiz to determine whether you are a diary or journal person, it got me thinking. Maybe I tried the wrong kind of journaling or diary writing when I was young. After all, I do like to write. Maybe I simply need to experiment more with the various ways of chronicling my life. It is an old art form, as many historical figures kept journals!

Anyway, I developed my latest quiz to show you whether a journal or diary is best for your personality type: Are You a Diary or a Journal Quiz? Not only will it tell you if you’re better suited for a journal or diary, it will tell you what kind of journal or diary is best for you. Give this one a whirl, and let me know what you think of your result.

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on Are You a Diary or a Journal Quiz? Is it true for you?
  2. Do you keep a diary or journal currently? Why or why not?
  3. Do you have any diaries or journals from your youth that you are able to look back on? Or anything else to remind you of what you were like?

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