Pen names are so much fun, and I love learning the reasons behind why authors choose them. Centuries prior, there were countless reasons why authors adopted a nom de plume. Sometimes it was strictly to remain anonymous, and other times it was because authors were more successful if their genders were concealed. You can check out some of the most iconic authors and their pen names in the infographic (created by Invaluable) below.
Today, pen names are still widely used, but it can be difficult to land on one that suits both you and your writing. Invaluable created this fun pen name generator to help you out! It generates a unique pen name based on the genre and gender you choose. If you know you want to include your first or last name, you can type that in and it will populate a nom de plume incorporating one.