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Writers! Should You Change People’s Names When You Write About Them?

A Pro Spells Out the Rules

I’m a writing coach and editor-for-hire. One question my clients often ask is whether they should change the names of the people they’re writing about.

Obviously, if you’re writing a reported piece about a real person, you should…



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Roz Warren

Editor and Writing Coach Roz Warren ( can help you improve and publish your work.