Thursday, July 22, 2010

You write like...

There's a website where you can enter samples of your writing and it tells you who you, supposedly, write like. First I entered all of my blog posts, one at a time. The overwhelming majority was that

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


The runners-up were Margaret Atwood, David Foster Wallace, Stephen King, Dan Brown, and Chuck Palahniuk. I got them multiple times each. There were others I only got once each.

I was rather amused to find the result for my review of Hero, Second Class was

I write like
Edgar Allan Poe

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and my poem "Jousting Horse" is apparently like William Shakespeare.

I've been entering pages of my SuNo at a time now. The first result was Rudyard Kipling. I was horrified (this is an exaggeration) to find the second was Stephanie Meyer. I must print this novel and burn it when I finish. I find this proof that Meyer is not a good writer, because the quality of my SuNo is pretty awful. Further proof of the lack of quality of my SuNo is that all of the other results said I write like Dan Brown. I haven't read any of Brown's novels, but I've read excerpts that were hysterically bad. When I pasted the whole 32,000 words in, the overall result was Rudyard Kipling, but it might have just analyzed the first part, since that was my first result.

For the last decent-quality story I wrote, the result was William Gibson, and for my current work-in-progress aside from SuNo, James Joyce. For my most recent really-short story (785 words) I got Ursula K. Le Guin.

I don't know who any of them are.

I need to stop wasting time on that website.

Have a good day.

5 comments:

  1. I got the same result for my writing as your first Cory Doctorow. From his Amazon results, he's a weird SciFi writer.

    I also got Dan Brown once. And I'm scarred for life. I didn't think my SuNo was that bad ... My dad thinks it's random. :P

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  2. Hehe. I don't /think/ it's random, because it was very consistent when my writing style was.

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  3. But, that said, I don't take it seriously.

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  4. I got Mark Twain once--I was thrilled!

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  5. Neat. I got Charles Dickens once.

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