I Write Like…

I’ve been surprisingly busy over the past 48 hours, getting settled into camp, adjusting to some new duties at work, scribbling out as many words as I can during my off-time, and working in a decent exercise. As a result I didn’t have time to pluck out a blog post for today, but since I hate missing days I decided to share (again) something I once shared about a year ago during a blog challenge.

I Write Like is a very amusing little site that “analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers”. I don’t know how accurate it is, but if nothing else it is quite amusing. I’ve input pieces of everything from my zombie apocalypse novel, to my supernatural romance, to my fan fictions, and have gotten a number of different authors ranging from Stephen King to Mark Twain. This time I input this blog post and got Cory Doctorow, whom I’ve never read, but he seems to have quite a few good reviews so I’ll take it as a compliment.

Anyway, give it a try and see who you get! And please share!

I Write Like…

A while ago I stumbled upon this website, I Write Like, and just recently a fellow blogger linked to it and brought it back to my attention again. The idea, basically, is that you copy and paste an excerpt of your writing to the webpage and it analyzes it and tells you which author you write like. It analyzes based on word choices and writing style (which I’m assuming refers to sentence structure or some such); I can’t imagine that it’s terribly accurate, but it’s still interesting to see who you get. 🙂

For my zombie novel, Nowhere to Hide, I got Charles Dickens, even when I had the site analyze super-creepy and/or gory scenes. It has me very interested to actually read some Charles Dickens that isn’t Oliver Twist. o.o

For my Final Fantasy fanfic, I got Edgar Allan Poe, which just fathoms me. I could imagine getting Poe for my horror novel, but for a video game fan fiction? Wuh?

For my supernatural romance, tentatively titled Moonlight, I got David Foster Wallace. I have no idea who this is, so I’m going to have to do my research, but if his writing is anything like mine in this particular piece, I’m very interested already. lol

I analyzed several different scenes from my fantasy epic novel because it’s been written and re-written so many times that nothing fits together properly anymore. I got Jonathan Swift and Ursula K. Le Guin for two of the scenes, neither of whom I’ve heard of so again I must do my research. For another of the scenes I got Stephanie Meyer, which has prompted me to re-analzye my own writing stat.

The bits and pieces of what will someday be a space fantasy gave me Anne Rice. I know Anne Rice, of course, but I’ll have to read some more of her work to actually get an idea of whether this is accurate.

And finally, my Chrono Trigger fanfic gave me…J.R.R. Tolkien. o.O I, uh…totally can’t see it, but thanks for the compliment, I Write Like! lol

The thing that really amused me about this was that – with the exception of the aforementioned fantasy epic – I tried multiple scenes of each work and got the same results regardless, so there must be something there that the site is seeing. Very interesting. Now if only I could glean some of the success of these famous authors! lol