How To Survive When Your Pen Name is Discovered

Red alert! You have been found out! It was nice knowing you. You did good work while it lasted. Little did you know that you signed up for a lifetime of misery and ridicule. Are you sensing the sarcasm yet? No, your life is not over. Take a deep breath in. It’s going to be just fine. Heck, look at me. Word is starting to get around about my little side adventure here and it is providing me great content to write about! Situations like this are all about how you approach and perceive them. A couple weeks ago, someone looked over my shoulder and saw me managing my ZHanny twitter page. One thing led to another, word got around, and now I am becoming more and more discovered by friends, coworkers, and family. (Hi everyone!) Do not get me wrong, this is absolutely a great thing for me as it could be for you if you planned on this happening from the very beginning.  I’m just impressed at how fast rumor spreads around these parts. Here is three tips that you need to know in order to survive.

  1. A lot of people forget when writing blogs, creating content, or books that real people read this stuff. Don’t say anything in your content that you would not say to people in person. Not just random people but your boss, coworkers, parents, friends, Grandma, you get the idea. You better be following this step from the very beginning. There will be a day in the future where someone will know you from the content that you push out. Take a step out of your own shoes and look at your situation. How would someone else perceive you? I’m lucky in the regards that I am pretty much an open book (ha, publisher reference) with all that I do. If there was something that you didn’t know about me, it’s probably because you did not ask. The content you read here is just ZHanny being ZHanny.
  2. My second tip is to just keep on keeping on. In order to achieve your goals and my goals, there is a lot that needs to get done behind the scenes. There is literally no time to worry or be embarrassed. Part of the creative process is to quiet the world around you in order to hear your own thoughts. Any other noise is going to decrease the concentration of your personality and uniqueness. If you planned out your business model, there is an ultimate design and route that needs to be followed to achieve your goal. I know and you know that there is a reason for everything we do. Keep your eyes on the prize.
  3. Here’s my third and final tip. Own your content. Keep yourself in the right mindset. Nobody else made it, you did. I am so proud of what my team has accomplished thus far. Money was being made before a book was even published! That’s amazing to me! Be proud of your accomplishments. It’s tough to go out of your comfort zone and try something new. It’s tough to learn about and become an expert in topics that are foreign to most individuals. You are accomplishing steps in a direction that most people do not walk. Keep up the good work!

Do you have any tips on how to handle when people find out your pen name or side business? Let me know in the comments down below or on my social media!

-ZHanny

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2 Replies to “How To Survive When Your Pen Name is Discovered”

  1. You can definitely see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart. “He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts.” by Fletcher.

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