A lot of people write under a different name to tell their personal stories. I haven’t done it yet but wonder if it would help.
It takes one kind of bravery to write under your own name.
It takes another kind of bravery to write under any sort of pseudonym, assumed name, or pen name.
But it also takes a special kind of bravery to write at all, to speak up, to give voice to what’s in you to say.
The names have been changed to protect the innocent. But the names have been changed to protect the guilty too.
If people who behave badly in your life see themselves in what you write then maybe they shouldn’t behave so badly in the first place.