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William Haskins
07-14-2010, 06:39 PM
just paste in a bit of your writing to have it analyzed. from the site:

Check what famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them to those of the famous writers.

Any text in English will do: your latest blog post, journal entry, Reddit comment, chapter of your unfinished book, etc. For reliable results paste at least a few paragraphs (not tweets). my results:

fiction: james fenimore cooper (based on a excerpt of this story (http://poisonpen.net/fiction/wolves-at-the-door/))
poetry: h.p. lovecraft (based on this poem (http://poisonpen.net/poetry/colors))

http://iwl.me/

aadams73
07-14-2010, 06:42 PM
Dan Brown.

I call shenanigans.

Perks
07-14-2010, 06:43 PM
I tried that yesterday and it told me I write like Dan Brown. So I killed myself. This is actually The Ghost of Perks typing right now.

William, do I really write like Dan Brown?

William Haskins
07-14-2010, 06:45 PM
the internet doesn't lie, jamie.

aadams73
07-14-2010, 06:46 PM
Hmm, from another part of the same WIP I get James Joyce. Not exactly the kind of conflict I was shooting for....

mscelina
07-14-2010, 06:50 PM
James Joyce. Hmm...might have to dig him back out.

Stew21
07-14-2010, 06:51 PM
Chuck Palahniuk -- and seriously, it's not the first time I've heard that.

mscelina
07-14-2010, 06:52 PM
Different section, same WIP-- Chuck Palahniuk. INteresting. I'm afraid to go any further. I might get Charles Schultz next.

mscelina
07-14-2010, 06:53 PM
So in other words, I write like aadams and stew.

I'll take it. :)

Devil Ledbetter
07-14-2010, 07:01 PM
J.D. Salinger!

poetinahat
07-14-2010, 07:03 PM
Prose (Running Mascara on the Interstate): Stephen King

Poetry (Any Slow Wednesday): Stephen King

Well, that's that.

Stew21
07-14-2010, 07:08 PM
J.D. Salinger!

I am Jack's jealousy.

Bubastes
07-14-2010, 07:10 PM
Neat test! I tested 3 sections of the same WIP and I write like Stephen King (2 sections) or Chuck Palahniuk (1 section).

The WIP is a romance novel. *snerk*

Ambrosia
07-14-2010, 07:13 PM
fiction: Stephen King

poetry: Douglas Adams

robeiae
07-14-2010, 07:14 PM
Stephen King for me.

All Robs write alike?

Wayne K
07-14-2010, 07:17 PM
Says I write like a girl

poetinahat
07-14-2010, 07:19 PM
I think mine was Steve King, stockboy at Pik-N-Pay, Norwalk, CT

Priene
07-14-2010, 07:20 PM
Prose 1: Kurt Vonnegut
Prose 2: James Joyce

Poetry: James Joyce


(who by a weird coincidence are two of my favourite authors. Or I'm copying)

JoeEkaitis
07-14-2010, 07:21 PM
First chapter of Collinsfort Village:

I write like
Vladimir Nabokov

First chapter of Gulliver Mouse:

I write like
Ray Bradbury


If only . . . if only . . . : s i g h :

beezle
07-14-2010, 07:28 PM
Story #1 Stephen King
Story #2 J. R. R. Tolkien
Story #3 Chuck Palahniuk

BenPanced
07-14-2010, 07:39 PM
Okay, I'm calling serious shenanigans/tomfoolery/lack of skillz0rz. Just for the helluvit, I pasted in the first stanza of Robbie Burns' Address to a Haggis.

And it said I write like Robert Louis Stevenson.

soapdish
07-14-2010, 07:53 PM
The first one put in, I got Chuck Palahniuk.

The second one I put in, I got Stephen King :hooray:

*prints screen*


Someone said it. I figure I better save the proof.


Hmm...maybe I should send this to the pub that just rejected that story. :tongue

Poetic_Justice
07-14-2010, 07:59 PM
To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with word choice than actual writing style. I could, however, be wrong.

One piece I got Stephen King and another one James Joyce. Both of which were prose.

Summonere
07-14-2010, 07:59 PM
That's funny. The gadget identifies the full text of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" as sounding like Raymond Chandler, though the first five paragraphs of the same are identified as similar to Jane Austen.

And yet there were these results, after feeding the gadgets bits of one of my stories, one paragraph at a time till I reached the end of the first chapter:

1 Charles Dickens.
2 Margaret Atwood
3 Stephen King
4 Stephen King
5 Stephen King
6 Edgar Allan Poe
7 Edgar Allan Poe
8 Edgar Allan Poe
9 Edgar Allan Poe
10 Edgar Allan Poe
11 Edgar Allan Poe
12 Edgar Allan Poe
13 Edgar Allan Poe
14 Edgar Allan Poe
15 Edgar Allan Poe
16 Edgar Allan Poe

Apparently, I sound to this gadget more like Poe than Poe does. :)

Other of my stories, in their entirety, sound like: James Joyce* (that same one's opening like Kurt Vonnegut); Isaac Asimov; Dan Brown; Douglas Adams; Margaret Atwood*; Stephen King; Vladimir Nabokov; Raymond Chandler; J.D. Salinger; Chuck Palahniuk; H.P. Lovecraft.

* These were most commonly occurring results, and I've read neither.

Does this mean mine is a schizophrenic writing voice, or is the schiz limited to the gadget? :)

BenPanced
07-14-2010, 08:02 PM
After all that, I'm expecting it to start sympathizing and asking me about my relationship with my father. (Hello, ELIZA?)

kayleamay
07-14-2010, 08:02 PM
I posted a blurb from my YA WIP.
Result: Dan Brown

Curious to see if it changes when I use my adult fiction.

CACTUSWENDY
07-14-2010, 08:11 PM
Wow. Now we all know how disturbed I am.

Three sections of my work....three times.....Chuck Palahniuk...Fight Club fame. :evil

I need to trace down his agent....Edward Hibbert.

defyalllogic
07-14-2010, 08:15 PM
every chapter was different for me... don't know its that's weird of it or me..

Perks
07-14-2010, 08:19 PM
I put in some different samples and apparently I used to write like James Joyce. Sometimes I'm Stephen King.

nighttimer
07-14-2010, 08:21 PM
I call bullshit.

I write non-fiction. This site tells me I write like Stephen King.

Guess there's no African-American authors available. I would have settled for Terry McMillian.

Haggis
07-14-2010, 08:22 PM
My poetry (Dog Limericks) was like Stephen King, my humor essay was like Douglas Adams, but my fiction was like Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling and Kurt Vonnegut.

I had no idea Stephen King wrote dog limericks.

robeiae
07-14-2010, 08:24 PM
Ahhh...Cujo?

Haggis
07-14-2010, 08:25 PM
Ahhh...Cujo?
Gesundheit.

regdog
07-14-2010, 08:27 PM
1 paragraph from my short story, The Deadliest Catch came up James Joyce another came up J K Rowling and a piece of my short story The Vow came up Leo Tolstoy. My short story Happy Independence Day came up Steven King.

jennontheisland
07-14-2010, 08:27 PM
My erotica returned Lovecraft.

poetinahat
07-14-2010, 08:28 PM
Maybe there are, but it just didn't match you with any.

How would you pick a writing style as African-American?

kayleamay
07-14-2010, 08:38 PM
I got:

YA WIP: Dan Brown
Adult fiction #1 (fantasy): Dan Brown
Adult fiction #2 (romance): Dan Brown
MG fiction #1 (fantastic shenanigans): JK Rowling
MG fiction #2 (lots of squabbling kids): JK Rowling
Poetry(the only poem I ever wrote and was published purely by accident): Vladmir Nabokov


ETA: I wonder if this means my poetry resembles English as a second language.

Priene
07-14-2010, 08:41 PM
I put in

quixy quog I caught a dog in the fog we sprogged a log

and it told me I was Robert Louis Stevenson. With a little amendment

quixy quog I caught a dog in the fog we sprogged a log poor hog

I turned into Mark Twain.

Summonere
07-14-2010, 08:44 PM
Just put "Jabberwocky" into the thing. It actually identified it as Lewis Carroll. Apparently he's more distinctive than Poe.

kayleamay
07-14-2010, 08:44 PM
I just typed in the first two verses of Ob-la-di and the result was James Joyce.

I say BUNK!

sheadakota
07-14-2010, 08:55 PM
Three different works- three different results-

Chuck Palahniuk
Stephan King
Ian Fleming

gracemichael
07-14-2010, 08:58 PM
On my nonfic piece, evidently I write like William Shakespeare! Certainly wasn't expecting that!

For my fic, Dan Brown.

dgrintalis
07-14-2010, 09:05 PM
I tried this with three different sections from one chapter in my WIP and got three different results - Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut. I think I'll just say that I write like me.

JoeEkaitis
07-14-2010, 09:06 PM
After all that, I'm expecting it to start sympathizing and asking me about my relationship with my father. (Hello, ELIZA?)

>What's on your mind , BenPanced ?

Jersey Chick
07-14-2010, 09:08 PM
I write like James Joyce.

Weird.

backslashbaby
07-14-2010, 09:09 PM
Stephen King. So like Perks, which suits me very fine 'cos I've read one of her novels!

EFCollins
07-14-2010, 09:12 PM
1) Stephen King
2) Margaret Atwood
3) Stephen King
4) J.K. Rowling
5) Stephen King

This is all from different passages of a single short story.

kayleamay
07-14-2010, 09:17 PM
Journal entry: H.P. Lovecraft

Bwahahahahahahaha!

EFCollins
07-14-2010, 09:19 PM
:ROFL:

One of my poems gave me:

Arthur Conan Doyle

and another one gave me:

Mario Puzo

kayleamay
07-14-2010, 09:25 PM
I just typed in Green Eggs and Ham. Result: Ernest Hemingway

I love this crap.

FallenAngel
07-14-2010, 09:30 PM
Says I write like James Joyce

http://iwl.me/s/d760c1b4

When i copy pasted this short story http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=180530



Um... is that good? X_X

Lyxdeslic
07-14-2010, 09:34 PM
Well, I checked with one portion of my ms and got: Charles Dickens

Then I checked with another portion and got: Chuck Palahniuk

Retro at its "retro-ist", and modern at its "modernist."

Tests are silly, obviously.

Lyx

Said The Sun
07-14-2010, 09:34 PM
I got Stephen King on one paragraph. H.G Wells on another. Nabokov in another, and then Mark Twain. I stopped, because now I just feel like a whore.

KTC
07-14-2010, 09:34 PM
First sample: Vladimir Nabokov
Second sample: Stephen King
Third sample: Kurt Vonnegut

All three samples were from chapter 1 of a completed novel. Chapter 1 split into 3 even parts.

shows to go ya.

jennontheisland
07-14-2010, 09:55 PM
I just typed in Green Eggs and Ham. Result: Ernest Hemingway

I love this crap.
Way to fucking go. I just had to explain to coworkers three cubes over why I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.

kayleamay
07-14-2010, 09:56 PM
you're welcome.

rhymegirl
07-14-2010, 11:51 PM
I put in a paragraph of my WIP.

The answer was Stephen King.

Hmm. Now I'll try some poetry.

spamwarrior
07-14-2010, 11:55 PM
James Joyce, from a blog post...

I love you, kayleamay.

spamwarrior
07-14-2010, 11:56 PM
I typed in gibberish and I got James Joyce as well.

rhymegirl
07-14-2010, 11:57 PM
James Joyce for my poetry.

rhymegirl
07-14-2010, 11:59 PM
I just typed in a really stupid poem and the result was Stephen King.

Geez! Something is rotten in Denmark.

Cranky
07-14-2010, 11:59 PM
First sample: Stephen King

Second sample: Isaac Asimov

Third sample: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Too funny!

ETA: Ran a whole short through it, and it gave me Chuck Palahniuk. I am apparently all over the place. *sigh*

cray
07-15-2010, 12:03 AM
my first sample said: quickwit.

MacAllister
07-15-2010, 12:14 AM
Fiction, 3 separate samples -- Margaret Atwood, each time

Nonfiction, 3 separate samples -- King

At least I'm consistent? :/

Imbroglio
07-15-2010, 12:21 AM
I keep getting Raymond Chandler and I don't even know who that is.

D=

triceretops
07-15-2010, 12:21 AM
Stephen King. I'm not buying it.


Tri

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-15-2010, 12:21 AM
Fiction:

1st Sample: HP Lovecraft
2nd Sample: Kurt Vonnegut
3rd Sample: Stephen King

And all three from the same work... :D

KTC
07-15-2010, 12:26 AM
Wow. This one kind of makes sense.

What I wrote: Fuck you, Mother Theresa. Fuck you very much.

Who I write like? JD Salinger

KTC
07-15-2010, 12:27 AM
my first sample said: quickwit.

bunnehs and batteries are interchangeable. but you already know this.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-15-2010, 12:32 AM
Sample: It was a dark and stormy night.

I write like: JRR Tolkien!

Paul
07-15-2010, 12:36 AM
L. Frank Braum

I'm off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of...Odd

Chris P
07-15-2010, 12:46 AM
Two Stephen Kings and one Vladamir Nabakov.

First two samples were dialog heavy, third sample about half dialog, half description.

rhymegirl
07-15-2010, 12:56 AM
my first sample said: quickwit.

I think he is the author of It Was a Dark and Stormy Knight.

backslashbaby
07-15-2010, 01:04 AM
Wow. This one kind of makes sense.

What I wrote: Fuck you, Mother Theresa. Fuck you very much.

Who I write like? JD Salinger

:ROFL:

Freelancer
07-15-2010, 01:06 AM
Multiple samples from the beginning, middle and ending (Usually where I change the atmosphere from the previous setting to something else... light to dark, dark to even darker)...

CSA Vol 1: J.K. Rowling / Stephen King / Dan Brown
CSA Vol 2: Stephen King / J.K. Rowling / Dan Brown
CSA Vol 3: Dan Brown / Stephen King / H.P. Lovecraft
Project Nephthys: Dan Brown / Stephen King / H.P. Lovecraft
Pale Moonlight: Stephen King / Ian Fleming / Kurt Vonnegut
Nightfall : Stephen King / Kurt Vonnegut
Anno Humanae Salutis: Dan Brown

If it's true, it's not a bad result.

Chris P
07-15-2010, 01:10 AM
Several different samples yields either King or Nabakov, with a Dan Brown thrown in once in a while.

sheadakota
07-15-2010, 01:56 AM
I just plugged in complete gibberish- incomplete sentences, words I made up, no puncuation and it came back King-:ROFL:

Freelancer
07-15-2010, 02:00 AM
I just plugged in complete gibberish- incomplete sentences, words I made up, no puncuation and it came back King-
:D

Chris P
07-15-2010, 02:02 AM
I just plugged in complete gibberish- incomplete sentences, words I made up, no puncuation and it came back King-:ROFL:
Hey! Some of us came back as King with actual samples. *gets paranoid*

Freelancer
07-15-2010, 02:10 AM
Hey! Some of us came back as King with actual samples. *gets paranoid*

I believe this program is analyzing keywords instead of complete sentences or sentence structures. That was the reason why I tested it with different parts of my works. My list is actually correct if we're taking the atmosphere of my novels and drawing a parallel between the mentioned authors and the true atmosphere of the pasted part. i.e. CSA starts as a J.K. Rowling YA novel, but ends as an H.P. Lovecraft story.

Chris P
07-15-2010, 02:14 AM
I believe this program is analyzing keywords instead of complete sentences or sentence structures. That's was the reason why I tested it with different parts of my works. My list is actually correct if we're taking the atmosphere of the novel. i.e. CSA starts as a J.K. Rowling YA novel, but ends as a H.P. Lovecraft story.

I figured it also took into account sentence length (number of characters between periods), dialog length (number of characters between quotes and number of characters between carriage returns) and perhaps word length.

Eddyz Aquila
07-15-2010, 02:23 AM
Three simultaneous paragraphs yielded this:

1 - James Joyce
2 - Dan Brown
3 - Oscar Wilde

JoeEkaitis
07-15-2010, 02:50 AM
I just plugged in complete gibberish- incomplete sentences, words I made up, no puncuation and it came back King-:ROFL:It works! It works!

aadams73
07-15-2010, 02:57 AM
I pasted in one of my sister's emails and it came back as Picasso.

maryland
07-15-2010, 03:17 AM
Short story came in as H.P.Lovecraft. Should I be worried? Or is this a new party game?

poetinahat
07-15-2010, 03:22 AM
I pasted in one of my sister's emails and it came back as Picasso.

I pasted in this post and it came back as Dan Brown. :evil

Then I pasted in the instructions from the page itself - John Malkevich?!

aadams73
07-15-2010, 03:25 AM
I pasted in this post and it came back as Dan Brown. :evil

:ROFL: I pasted in THIS post and it told me I'd won the Nigerian lottery.

Devil Ledbetter
07-15-2010, 04:13 AM
I just plugged in complete gibberish- incomplete sentences, words I made up, no puncuation and it came back King-:ROFL:It should have said "King, during his Tommyknockers/It period."

Medievalist
07-15-2010, 04:13 AM
For a bit of technical writing = Raymond Chandler

For two paragraphs from a blog entry about rainbows in the Pacific Northwest = Mario Puzo

For two paragraphs about Bridget Cleary, burned alive in the late 1800s because he husband thought she was a fairy changeling = James Joyce

Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a summer day" sonnet = Mario Puzo

Stephen King = Stephen King

James Joyce = James Joyce

Cath
07-15-2010, 05:08 AM
I got David Foster Wallace for both fiction and nonfiction. I had to look him up.

Tepelus
07-15-2010, 06:29 AM
Anne Rice.

Tepelus
07-15-2010, 06:47 AM
And Bram Stoker.

Tepelus
07-15-2010, 06:50 AM
And J.D. Salinger.

Tepelus
07-15-2010, 06:52 AM
Uh, Gawd, and Stephanie Meyer! This is kind of fun. Yup. I'm that bored.

spamwarrior
07-15-2010, 06:57 AM
Wait, there's Stephanie Meyer?

Midnight Star
07-15-2010, 06:58 AM
I got Stephen King on one WIP, David Foster Wallace on another, Edgar Allen Poe on the third. :D

MissMacchiato
07-15-2010, 07:00 AM
I got David Foster Wallace for 3 totally different texts:

blog entry
paranormal romance
historical romance

I thought they were quite different in style, but apparently not :)

Tepelus
07-15-2010, 07:01 AM
Dan Brown, Mary Shelly and Stephen King (funny on the last one, the bit I had analyzed is written from a three year old boy's POV). I'm a hodge podge of writers all wrapped into one. LOL!

Chumplet
07-15-2010, 07:07 AM
I tried stuff from my different books and WIPs.

A passage from The Yearbook got Chuck Palahniuk. Okay, not bad.

Next, based on a scene in The Toast Bitches, I got Stephen King.

My opening paragraphs from my polo mystery garnered James Joyce.

A few paragraphs later I got Stephanie Meyer.

Just shoot me now.

Chumplet
07-15-2010, 07:12 AM
My piece about a woman telling her husband she's dying gave me William Gibson. I had to look him up. He writes 'cyberpunk'.

Aaaand... my intro to the story about geriatrics kidnapping their buddy for one last hockey game gave me: David Foster Wallace. Had to look him up too. Apparently he killed himself. Nice.

Tepelus
07-15-2010, 07:12 AM
I got Rudyard Kipling on another one. I need to stop messing with it and do something productive.

Uncarved
07-15-2010, 07:16 AM
Fiction, Margaret Mitchell (http://iwl.me/w/ce65a7ad), based on the excerpt:
"
Well, dear journal, sixty five years are showing in every crevice of my face. My step is slower, my mind less sharp, and my eyes fail. Iím an old woman. Seems like a lifetime ago that I began this simple account of my life. Iíve married a truly wonderful man and been blessed with 45 years with him. Iíve birthed twins and seen them through every tooth, scraped knee, and bruised ego. Iíve played with my childrenís children, advising them to take pity on their parents as their parents took pity on me. Iíve seen wonderful sights, read classic literature, and traveled well. Iíve lived a full life in these pages, and I embrace the end of it like a warm blanket surrounding me on a chilly eve. Death is not my enemy, but my final salvation.

Will I miss this rich land? Savannah has indeed been my home, warm and inviting she takes in every wanderer and rewards her brethren. I find solace in its moss draped trees and the fragrant foliage. The air stays thick with humidity, making my skin seem dewier than it truly is. Southern air, I believe, is the secret. It is the reason that women down here have such great looks. Iíll even miss the sand gnats when Iím gone. Their bites are like being pinched to see if your life has been a dream. Itís been a fine life and Iíve made peace at leaving it behind.

Regrets? Of course. What life doesnít? I stayed in Savannah instead of moving to my beloved Florida where the water was green like a jewel. Marriage and family came and plans changed. So much has happened here and I did get to visit the beach from time to time on vacations, both here in Savannah and in Florida where the tides call me like a lost lover. That was the reality of my life. Perhaps I may make it back to that gulf shore before death finally takes me.

I bet the emerald tides are beautiful now, hitting the dune with the seagulls scurrying."

Jake Barnes
07-15-2010, 07:34 AM
Anybody else see this?

http://iwl.me/

I don't know if I put much stock in it. I gave it the first three chapters of a novel I'm writing and it said I wrote like David Foster Wallace. Then I gave it a short story I just finished and it said I wrote like Stephen King.

elindsen
07-15-2010, 07:41 AM
will have to try it out...i wonder who.

dolores haze
07-15-2010, 07:48 AM
I got Chuck Palahniuk on two different samples. I'll take it! But I prefer my husband's more imaginative assessment. According to him, I write like the bastard child of Barbara Cartland and Nikolai Gogol. Scary, huh?

leigh78
07-15-2010, 07:55 AM
I got the ever popular Stephen King. Who I never read. Now, if only I become as financially successful as King....

virtue_summer
07-15-2010, 08:17 AM
Two chapters of a YA paranormal romance: Rudyard Kipling
Two chapters of a supernatural thriller/horror novel for adults: Stephanie Meyer
A horror/weird fiction short: H.P. Lovecraft

megoblocks
07-15-2010, 08:24 AM
"Of the two things in this world that are an absolute certainty, death and taxes, Ryan Conner ended up with a career in the latter. He had thought about pursuing a career as an embalmer, a funeral director, or even as a doctor. After all, people would always get sick and die, and even if they skipped the first stage, all three professions would still be involved in the second. There was tremendous job security in death. But none of those careers held any lasting interest. They lacked power. They lacked excitement. They lacked the frequent use of cheap, red, ballpoint pens and rubber stamps."

This yielded me Stephanie Meyer




"At 9:03, on a cold Tuesday morning, Alex would get his fifteen minutes of fame. In truth, his share would be closer to one minute; the orca would garner the other fourteen.

Alex’s neighborhood of exquisite prairie homes and Jaguar drivers was a whale free zone. It always had been, and everyone expected it always would be. Thus, when Alex sat down at his Steinway grand piano to practice Chopin’s first ballade at eight-thirty, he considered the day to be routine. But when his doorbell rang just a minute before nine, things changed."

This got me James Joyce.





And this,

"Seventy-seven paces to the hangman’s noose. No more. No less.

Alicia sat on a lone, wooden barrel, and counted the guards. Throughout the throng of townsmen in the city square she found thirty-two of them. Most leaned casually on flintlock muskets or adjusted black slouch hats. Three, however, kept the wealthy happy, knocking the poor away from their stands, and four more stood attentively at the gallows’ base. But none paid Alicia any heed."

Got me Margaret Mitchell, though the SF conversion of the same story got me Dan Brown.

kayleamay
07-15-2010, 10:19 AM
:ROFL: I pasted in THIS post and it told me I'd won the Nigerian lottery.

ME TOO!

*fist bumps aadams*

Let's ditch these losers. We have fortunes to spend.

BenPanced
07-15-2010, 11:12 AM
For a bit of technical writing = Raymond Chandler

For two paragraphs from a blog entry about rainbows in the Pacific Northwest = Mario Puzo

For two paragraphs about Bridget Cleary, burned alive in the late 1800s because he husband thought she was a fairy changeling = James Joyce

Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a summer day" sonnet = Mario Puzo

Stephen King = Stephen King

James Joyce = James Joyce
Congratulations, Medi! According to your post, you write like James Joyce!

Clovia
07-15-2010, 11:21 AM
Arthur Conan Doyle three times, and then James Joyce for the one exerpt that had the word "f#ck" in it.

poetinahat
07-15-2010, 11:52 AM
Congratulations, Medi! According to your post, you write like James Joyce!
You're soooooo twenty-four posts ago...

Medievalist
07-15-2010, 12:04 PM
My piece about a woman telling her husband she's dying gave me William Gibson. I had to look him up. He writes 'cyberpunk'.

If you like SF even a little, Gibson is pretty nifty.

Kivandrohex
07-15-2010, 01:18 PM
I write like James Joyce

Kitty27
07-15-2010, 01:27 PM
HP Lovecraft!

Paul
07-15-2010, 04:58 PM
Well I win with L. Frank Baum, as no one else has that one.
I think only William Gibson was the only other one-off, but he's small fry compared to Baum. so again, i win. :D

William Haskins
07-15-2010, 05:16 PM
heh...

http://gawker.com/5587658/what-famous-writer-does-mel-gibson-sound-like

robeiae
07-15-2010, 05:59 PM
heh...

http://gawker.com/5587658/what-famous-writer-does-mel-gibson-sound-like
Did you see the comments? No one can just have fun, anymore...

*goes off to play on a a Slip-n-slide*

tirial
07-15-2010, 06:38 PM
Apparently Ernest Hemingway, twice so far.

I need to dig out a few more short stories and try again.

Stew21
07-15-2010, 08:50 PM
You don't want to write like Hemingway?

Don Allen
07-15-2010, 09:04 PM
Do you even care how disillusioned I will be when may sample comes back

"Mickey ""Fuck'en"" Mouse.... ??????

Yeah, that and 50 cents.....

Alpha Echo
07-15-2010, 09:15 PM
For my first crime novel: William Gibson. I had to look him up. I didn't even know who he was! I still don't.

For my writer's blog (a writer's prompt I did): Rudyard Kipling

Today's writer's blog: Ian Fleming

My stepmommy blog: Willaim Gibson again.

Hmmmm...

Bug
07-15-2010, 10:29 PM
I got H.G Wells, Stephen King twice, and James Joyce.

Glad I didn't get Meyer, even if this thing is ridiculous. I might've done something drastic. :P

Uncarved
07-15-2010, 10:33 PM
Meyer for me would be a emo-inducing moment.

tirial
07-15-2010, 10:35 PM
You don't want to write like Hemingway?Actually I'm quite happy with that result, but I'm curious if the analysis changes depending on genre. My writing style certainly does.

Phaeal
07-15-2010, 11:29 PM
A fun distraction (or the WORD OF GOD) I found on The Rejectionist blog. This link is to a program that analyzes a sample of your writing and tells you which great author you write like.

I write like James Joyce. Hunh?

But wait! Tried another story, and now I write like H. P. Lovecraft! No, wait! Another passage from the second story, and I write like Dan Brown!

Whoa. A third story, and I'm Lovecraft again! So, there it is. My new pen name will be H. P. Joycecraft-Brown.

http://iwl.me/

eqb
07-15-2010, 11:39 PM
Not that anyone takes these memes seriously, but the sample size is very low. Of the forty authors in the list, *all* of them are white US/Europeans. Only three are women. How sad that his worldview doesn't include writers like Chinua Achebe, Chip Delaney, Octavia Butler, George Sands, the Bronte sisters, Ursula Le Guin, Amy Tan, Alexandre Dumas (pere et fils), and many others.

Note: I love the writers on his list. I just happen to think the world is a bigger place.

Christine N.
07-15-2010, 11:48 PM
I did it for fun, and it was pretty consistent. All of my polished writing (I took it from at least two different works) was like Stephen King, and the first/early draft samples all came up Dan Brown.

I think there's some lesson in there...

While they did include JK Rowling in the sample set, I'm surprised they did not include Stephanie Meyer.

Kateness
07-15-2010, 11:51 PM
I just posted successive pages of exactly the same piece of writing.

First, Anne Rice. Then Stephen King. Then J.K. Rowling.

I'm a bit surprised that my writing's that inconsistent over the span of about a thousand words.

Phaeal
07-15-2010, 11:56 PM
Heh. Actually, I think I pulled Lovecraft twice because both samples had the words "Arkham" and "Miskatonic" in them. I probably got Dan Brown on the third sample because I had a library setting and some Latin in there. I got Joyce on the more literary, kinda-sorta-(not really) stream of consciousness piece.

Libbie
07-16-2010, 12:04 AM
Damn. I was hoping it'd tell me I write like Haruki Murakami, but I guess I can't expect that!

shaldna
07-16-2010, 01:15 AM
I got David Foster Wallace twice.

I don't know who he is.

Is that good?

Kateness
07-16-2010, 01:16 AM
That's sweet, Shaldna.

David Foster Wallace is awesome. Infinite Jest (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1951793_1951942_1952423,00.html)

shaldna
07-16-2010, 01:20 AM
funny, I looked him up on wikipedia and I realised that I have actually read Infinite Jest. So I'm quite pleased I guess.

Although I didn't think I wrote like that at all.

Still, at least I don't write like Stephenie Meyer

Mayfield
07-16-2010, 01:43 AM
Ha ha. James Joyce and Harry Harrison. Definitely the WORD OF GOD.

BenPanced
07-16-2010, 01:44 AM
You don't want to write like Hemingway?
Personally, I'd rather drink like Hemingway...

C.M.C.
07-16-2010, 01:53 AM
Nabokov for me. I'll take it.

L.J.
07-16-2010, 02:03 AM
I copied and pasted this (I'm timing my dinner):

meatloaf 4:01 should be done at 5:30

rice 4:48

It said I write like Stephen King.

Wayne K
07-16-2010, 02:04 AM
It says Stephen King writes like me

gothicangel
07-16-2010, 02:06 AM
I got David Foster Wallace twice.


Me too!

At least it wasn't Dan Brown [or Stephanie Meyer] :D

Use Her Name
07-16-2010, 02:50 AM
Gah! This is funny. I tried it using a single document where I put the beginnings of three of my novels. Overall the verdict was David Foster Wallace. Next, I divided up each beginning of the three novels and they came out 1) David Foster Wallace, 2) Bram Stoker (what?) and 3) Stephan King. The King was for more of a Juvenile lead first person, so I can understand that. I did not understand the Bram Stoker at all. I just did a big chunk from the Bram Stokeroid novel and it came out "David Foster Wallace."

Lauretta
07-16-2010, 02:57 AM
ROFLMAO

I submitted something written in ITALIAN and it said I write like James Joyce...

Use Her Name
07-16-2010, 02:57 AM
Now I write like William Gibson. This is kind of addictive.:evil

Uncarved
07-16-2010, 02:57 AM
I'm pretty sure Stephen King is code for WTF??

Margarita Skies
07-16-2010, 03:02 AM
Whoa! I posted the first page of one of my finished manuscripts and they said I write like Isaac Asimov!! :ROFL:

Wayne K
07-16-2010, 03:08 AM
I put in the first page of my memoir and it said this: :tmi

Margarita Skies
07-16-2010, 03:10 AM
I put in the first page of my memoir and it said this: :tmi


Are you serious? :ROFL:

maxmordon
07-16-2010, 03:14 AM
From my WIP:

Chapter 1: Vladimir Nabokov.
Chapter 2: David Foster Wallace
Chapter 3: Vladimir Nabokov.
Chapter 4: David Foster Wallace. (Who?)

elindsen
07-16-2010, 03:34 AM
Ok I did it and it said Dan Brown. I've never read his work(Gasp) but he is respected so I'm not mad.

Libbie
07-16-2010, 03:41 AM
I tried a few different passages and it gave me J.K. Rowling, Stephen King (no thanks), and Kurt Vonnegut. Weird. Rather disparate styles. It's a good thing I write the most like Libbie, or I'd be in real trouble.

Wish they'd add a lot more authors to this engine, though.

Silver King
07-16-2010, 03:57 AM
There is also a similar discussion (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185770) in Office Party started by William Haskins yesterday.

brainstorm77
07-16-2010, 04:16 AM
I got David Foster Wallace twice.

I don't know who he is.

Is that good?

Same here and Poe for the last WIP I put in.

Wicked
07-16-2010, 04:25 AM
My oldest and I were speculating on what types of word choice might influence the analysis, since it seemed to pick up on horror elements in a few of my samples.

He typed in this-
The Taco Man realized there were many ghosts in his Corn Flakes and some of the demons were sort of evil looking, but he never thought about that much anymore. He now spent his mornings with Rice Krispies- they only had vampires in them.

. . . and got Raymond Chandler

Paranormal_Writer
07-16-2010, 04:37 AM
Lol this is fun!

I tried it with my WIP. All three times came out as P.G Woodhouse. I can't really understand this as I write MG paranormal fantasy but I'm not complaining; P.G Woodhouse rocked. I loved eggs, beans and crumpets - so, so funny!

robeiae
07-16-2010, 04:43 AM
For my first crime novel: William Gibson. I had to look him up. I didn't even know who he was! I still don't.


I remember when Gibson was the bomb. He is to cyberpunk what Neil Young is to grunge rock. Plus, he "created" cyberspace.

Read Neuromancer. Sehr gut.

Wicked
07-16-2010, 04:45 AM
Well, that was . . . interesting.

A flash story I wrote two years ago - James Joyce

A scene from one of my older novel attempts - James Joyce

Four scenes from my 2009 NaNo novel (fantasy with horror elements)-
H. P. Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft
Stephen King
H. P. Lovecraft

Current WIP scenes (low fantasy)-
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
Dan Brown
H. P. Lovecraft
Bram Stoker
JK Rowling
Dan Brown
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace

My "all fun and games" signature- David Foster Wallace

Carolanne Patton
07-16-2010, 04:46 AM
I put in the first chapter of my WIP and got David Foster Wallace. I put the second chapter in and got Stephen King. :D

Soccer Mom
07-16-2010, 04:56 AM
Hmm. We have two thread going of this. This one is two pages and the one in OP is six pages. I"m moving this one over there. Hold on to you pens and paper.

Paranormal_Writer
07-16-2010, 05:29 AM
I changed the name of my MC in my extract from Evangeline to Sarah and went from P.G Woodhouse to Raymond Chandler. Hmmm... I wonder if its got anything to do with Evangeline being a P.G Woodhouse character.

Libbie
07-16-2010, 05:52 AM
*ponders the invisibility of my comments*

Others have suggested he add more authors. He's point-blank refused to add anyone who isn't white and male. Or rather, he's afraid that adding non-white, non-male writers would be too PC. So sad. So limited.

I didn't see where you said you'd actually contacted him and suggested he add more authors, and that he actually refused. When did this happen?

bettielee
07-16-2010, 07:38 AM
James. Joyce. (epic fantasy piece)

jawdrop

My sister spent forever and an age writing a dissertation on that guy. What irony.

SirOtter
07-16-2010, 12:41 PM
I got Raymond Chandler, which is what I hoped for.

Rebekah7
07-16-2010, 02:12 PM
I entered this (http://writertask.webs.com/demonsanddeadlines1.htm) and it said I wrote like Ian Fleming. Somehow, I don't see James Bond and horror mixing.

I entered this (http://www.overidon.com/2010/02/the-life-and-times-of-car-johnson/) and it said I wrote like Chuck Palahniuk. Fight Club wasn't that messed up.

Shara
07-16-2010, 02:41 PM
I put in four sections from two different novels, and got Stephen King every time.

Maybe I really am Stephen King and don't know it...

Shara

Mr Flibble
07-16-2010, 05:27 PM
I put in four sections from two different novels, and got Stephen King every time.

Maybe I really am Stephen King and don't know it...

Shara


You must have had some quite radical plastic surgery if that's the case :D

I got Margaret Atwood and Dan Brown for two different POVs in one story. Then I tried another story and got James Joyce.

seun
07-16-2010, 06:31 PM
Based on the intro to the book I'm currently subbing, I write like Kurt Vonnegut. What the :censored?

Priene
07-16-2010, 07:19 PM
Based on the intro to the book I'm currently subbing, I write like Kurt Vonnegut.

So it goes.

Mystery1
07-17-2010, 03:31 AM
First submission - Vladimir Nabokov

Second submission - J.K. Rowling

Same story.

Cool.


http://sharonaustin.blogspot.com

kaitiepaige17
07-17-2010, 04:44 AM
Rudyard Kipling...wouldn't expect that HAHAHA.

and David Foster Wallace.

perfectisafault
07-17-2010, 06:41 AM
For the book I'm currently querying, I write like Leo Tolstoy. And for the first two paragraphs of another WIP, I write like Vonnegut. And for another WIP, I write like Palahniuk.

This is addicting...haha

Tepelus
07-17-2010, 07:23 AM
I wrote, Rub a dub dub, three kittehz in a tub, and got William Gibson. lol!

popmuze
07-17-2010, 07:48 AM
I thought their database consisted entirely of Kurt Vonnegut, because I got him twice. Then I put in a chapter of my new YA and got Stephen King.
I'm gonna keep submitting until I get either Pynchon or Salinger.

Dawnstorm
07-17-2010, 08:06 PM
Pikachu

Pika Pika

Chuuu

http://www.ftail.de/images/Projekte/Sascha/20090215_Pikachu/01Pikachu.jpg

Guess who!

Neil Gaiman

Who would have thought?

robeiae
07-17-2010, 08:28 PM
My oldest and I were speculating on what types of word choice might influence the analysis, since it seemed to pick up on horror elements in a few of my samples.

He typed in this- The Taco Man realized there were many ghosts in his Corn Flakes and some of the demons were sort of evil looking, but he never thought about that much anymore. He now spent his mornings with Rice Krispies- they only had vampires in them.


. . . and got Raymond ChandlerYeah. Apparently, taco=Raymond Chandler. Go figure...

ebennet68
07-17-2010, 09:34 PM
So, I tried this site out. I put in each of the first five chapters of my WIP one at a time to see what would happen. I got the following results: Dan Brown, Stephen King, Stephen King, Stephanie Meyer and Margaret Mitchell. Oh well, was a bit of entertainment while I'm procrastinating getting to work on revising and editing.

GothicKnight
07-17-2010, 09:38 PM
Told me I write like Lovecraft. If only...

cscarlet
07-17-2010, 11:04 PM
Isaac Asimov ... Interesting.

BenPanced
07-18-2010, 12:49 AM
I Write Like erupts online, authors scratch heads (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100716/ap_en_ot/us_web_i_write_like)

Kitty27
07-18-2010, 03:33 AM
I love this!

I got HP Lovecraft,Stephen King,and Anne Rice on three different stories.

I am beside myself! Horror is meant for me,lol.

SomberBee
07-18-2010, 06:19 AM
What a cool distraction.

It said David Foster Wallace for me. Awesome, but I'm so sad he's dead. :(

Polenth
07-18-2010, 08:47 AM
I didn't see where you said you'd actually contacted him and suggested he add more authors, and that he actually refused. When did this happen?

This is a summary of what's being said on the blogosphere. I didn't experience any of this first hand, so if you have any detailed questions, I'd suggest asking the bloggers I've linked to (or you might find it in the comment threads).

People noticed there were only a tiny number of women and no non-white authors. They asked him about it.

http://www.antagonia.net/blog/media/we-all-write-like-white-men/

He said that a) it was chosen with various bestseller lists, and b) feel free to send him suggestions.

It didn't take long to realise he either didn't use the lists he said, or he selectively ignored the authors on the lists who weren't male or white.

When he was sent suggestions, he responded by saying he saw everyone as equal, so wouldn't add anyone based on race or sex. This didn't wash as the original selection process de-selected people based on race and sex (and also rather implies that the excluded authors were excluded for not being any good... otherwise he would be happy to add them for being good writers).

http://zia-narratora.livejournal.com/627422.html - has the reply.
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/518412.html - notes the bad writer implication.

He did start adding authors, including more women, but skipped over the suggestions for non-white authors. Some of those suggestions were posted to his blog, but he didn't allow the comments through (that's the hardest to link to, as it was odd comments here and there, but I think there are some mentions in the comment threads of the blog posts).

In other news, he wanted to make money from the meme, so now it has vanity press advertising.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012502.html

And I think that's all the complaints so far (other than lack of accuracy, but I take that as a given with memes).

JamieB
07-18-2010, 09:01 AM
I took it for fun and my MG Fantasy came back Kurt Vonnegut.

mtrenteseau
07-28-2010, 09:38 AM
I just had to try this.

A book that I've been trying to write in the style of Jane Austen turns out to be something a bit closer to home - Margaret Mitchell. (I used to live two blocks from the house where she wrote Gone With the Wind.)

I put in each of the thirty-nine chapters of my first book one at a time, and I got:

1 chapter: Dan Brown (this chapter had a lot of minute analysis of a deceased woman's notebook)
1 chapter: William Shakespeare (this chapter included a graveside funeral service)
2 chapters: Charles Dickens (no clue here)
3 chapters: Cory Doctorow (who I've never read)
4 chapters: Steven King
And the remaining 28 chapters: Kurt Vonnegut.

I read Slaughterhouse Five in school, but I have no real recollection of Vonnegut's writing style.

Chloe_Lanai
07-28-2010, 09:43 AM
"I write like
Ernest Hemingway (http://iwl.me/w/ac075e8f)"

Wow. Maybe it's time to post something in SYW? Why do I feel snookered?

Zoealea
07-28-2010, 09:44 AM
It said that I wrote like J.K. Rowling. Talk about an ego boost!

C.bronco
07-28-2010, 09:59 AM
I did three poems and got 3 answers: David Foster Wallace, Ian Fleming and Edgar Allen Poe. I was hoping for Raymond Carver.

C.bronco
07-28-2010, 10:04 AM
My fiction got Cory Doctorow: very happy there.

Yeshanu
07-28-2010, 11:18 PM
I put in my blog post "On Being Cheerful" and got Stephen King.

Folks, I'm thinking it's actually giving out random names, the whole point of the exercise being to get you to think you write well, and to click on the links immediately below the answer.

In other words, a scam. Just my opinion, but given that it can't identify the actual authors they're comparing us to, I'd have to say that at best it's totally worthless.

ETA: Maybe not totally worthless. Yesterday it compared me to Cory Doctorow, who I've never heard of. So I looked him up, and read an essay he'd written, and really enjoyed it. So I did learn something good...

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 03:37 AM
Has this tool been around forever and I'm just now hearing about it? Seems like fun. It told me that I write like Ursula K. Le Guin.

http://iwl.me/

Jehhillenberg
06-02-2012, 03:50 AM
Hahaha. It's certainly come up in the YA forum and even Roundtable, I believe. Discussed to death, Death Wizard :D

but I usually got Chuck Palahniuk and William Gibson.

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 03:59 AM
I was afraid of that! Sorry ...... :e2cry:

John Shepard
06-02-2012, 04:06 AM
I write like Dan Brown? Could be worse... could be better.

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 04:08 AM
I was saying on a facebook thread where I heard about this that Dan Brown looks like a cross between David Duchovny and Craig T. Nelson.

KellyAssauer
06-02-2012, 04:26 AM
Umm... okay...

I'll take David Foster Wallace,
sure, you betcha...

Archerbird
06-02-2012, 04:33 AM
Oh yes, it's been around for ages and ages (or at least a year).

Last time it was brought up I wrote like Charles Dickens and Ray Bradbury. Now, everything I've written, I've written like James Joyce all of a sudden.


It's useless, but I love it! :D

JoNightshade
06-02-2012, 04:49 AM
I write like... Edgar Allen Poe.

Really?

Apparently I need to revisit Poe.

Edit: Tried another page. Apparently I can add Stephen King to the list. Ha!

DeVon72176
06-02-2012, 05:01 AM
On one sample of mine, it stated I write like Dan Brown. I'm not familiar with his work (does that make me an outcast)?

On a different sample, I write like Arthur Conan Doyle.

Hmm...

nekomouse
06-02-2012, 05:09 AM
Apparently I write like Rudyard Kipling, which is awesome!

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 06:46 AM
Umm... okay...

I'll take David Foster Wallace,
sure, you betcha...


Don't say that!

Uncarved
06-02-2012, 07:17 AM
I got Margaret Mitchell.

I'm not trying again for fear of screwing that up :)

Alpha Echo
06-02-2012, 07:59 AM
Apparently I write like Chuck Palahniuk (http://iwl.me/w/2b568272).

Who is that?

*googles*

Fight Club? I don't think so. LOL. I write women's fiction!

Crazy Ivan
06-02-2012, 05:42 PM
Here's what I pasted:

______
“Its okay Stacey, just get back in bed.”
“What was it daddy?”
”I don’t know, but I’m sure we’ll find out.”
“Would you feel better if you slept with mommy and daddy?”
”I’m 13. I’m not 6 anymore.”
“I know. Its just…well…I guess its force of habit to ask you that. You did get scared quite easily and often invited yourself into our bed.”
“I’ll be fine.”

Stacey Mansell and her parents, Bobby and Tricia, all tucked themselves back in.

“What was that dear?” Tricia asked in a hushed voice.
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t be overly concerned. Its not like people who designed these things haven’t learned from the past.”
”I hope so.”

It was just a vacation for them; nothing more, nothing less.

Bobby stayed up to read. He was never far from his book. His tastes ran all over the place. He’d spend months in a fiction phase, but recently he’s been in a non-fiction type of mode. Bobby was reading a self-help book. He was embarrassed that he needed to. He thought he was stronger than that. At just under three hundred pounds, he needed to help himself. He needed to develop the willpower, the desire, and the drive to lose at least one hundred pounds. That was his goal on this trip; to find his motivation.

He prided himself in almost everything he was involved with, especially his daughter.

Stacey was 13 but had the maturity of at least an 18 year old. She was in the accelerated classes in her middle school. If she didn’t get lazy, she had the chance of graduating high school a year early. Her mind was a sponge; she was always thirsting for knowledge, and once it was in her head, she almost never forgot it. Even at 13, it was wise to have Stacey on your team in Trivial Pursuit. She understood basic philosophy and was highly interested in government. On her own volition, she began studying each President and his major decisions and what his motivation was behind the decisions. She was currently up to Abraham Lincoln.

Tricia worked from 9-2, Mondays through Fridays at a local supermarket to help out with the bills.
______


I, apparently, write like PG Woodhouse. Him being unknown to me, this means nothing to me.

Ginger Writer
06-02-2012, 06:14 PM
Woohoo! Neil Gaiman! I take that as a tremendous compliment! :snoopy:

PorterStarrByrd
06-02-2012, 06:15 PM
I'm a failure ..


Stephen King came up.


must be a wheel spin.

PorterStarrByrd
06-02-2012, 06:32 PM
The first was my humorous thriller

a true thriller came up Cory Doctrow

my historical fiction produced H P Lovecraft

I've only familiar with King and he is not my favorite (except for the ideas that pop out of his mind)

Guess I'll have to check out the other two to see if I should retire from writing or not ...

Kenzie
06-02-2012, 06:34 PM
I tried about ten different passages, from two different books, and got pretty much everyone: Dan Brown, Stephen King, George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, H G Wells, Vladimir Nabokov. So I guess I'm inconsistent?

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 07:22 PM
I tried about ten different passages, from two different books, and got pretty much everyone: Dan Brown, Stephen King, George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, H G Wells, Vladimir Nabokov. So I guess I'm inconsistent?

You might be the greatest to ever live!

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 07:27 PM
This from my ghost story gave me Stephen King:


Now the storm was shaking the entire house. I mustered the courage to look out the window. What I saw was even worse than I could have imagined. My yard looked like a beach containing a hundred people buried up to their heads in green sand, though some of their arms also were free, sticking straight up. Despite the thunder and lashing rain, I still could hear screams. Again I felt the urge to run out and try to help, and again Milly stopped me, leaning against me and sobbing as she said, “They’ll take you too. There’s nothing we can do.”
“Look at them,” I said, also sobbing.
“I know! But whatever is doing this is too strong.”
Then she pointed off to the right, and both of us gasped again. Pastor Milton was putting up the best fight of any of them. He still was only buried to his waist, and he retained the use of his arms, pushing against the sodden turf in an effort to extricate himself. He had quit chanting and was using all of his strength to break free. But even he was losing the battle. Now he was buried to his chest. Now to his neck. Now he was drawn under, and he seemed to wave, like Captain Ahab strapped to the white whale. By the time he disappeared, so had all the others.

Ergodic Mage
06-02-2012, 09:11 PM
Something must be wrong with the site; it determined that I write like Tolkien. I imagine he is turning in his grave right now.

A second attempt using just the first paragraph gave me James Joyce! I'm not too familiar with him so I might read Ulysses to compare.

Death Wizard
06-02-2012, 09:18 PM
Something must be wrong with the site; it determined that I write like Tolkien. I imagine he is turning in his grave right now.

A second attempt using just the first paragraph gave me James Joyce! I'm not too familiar with him so I might read Ulysses to compare.

I want Tolkien!

GailD
06-03-2012, 04:56 AM
I got Kurt Vonnegut. I've never read him so I don't know if that's good or bad.

But an ad popped up offering me a course on improving my writing.

Coincidence?

Ginger Writer
06-03-2012, 05:49 AM
GailD, I enjoy Kurt Vonnegut's writing myself, for what it's worth. And he's my fiance's all time favorite. I'd personally be happy with getting him.

Cliff Face
06-03-2012, 05:59 AM
I got Margaret Mitchell for an erotica short I wrote last week.

And I got James Joyce for the 10k short story that almost made it into the AW Spec Fic anthology.

I haven't read either of these writers.

Ergodic Mage
06-03-2012, 08:40 AM
I got Kurt Vonnegut. I've never read him so I don't know if that's good or bad.
It's better than Kilgore Trout. Though I did hear he has a fan.

I want Tolkien!
I love reading Tolkien but I attempt (someday I'll succeed) writing to the personal level. Reading Tolkien's work moves me on an epic scale, I want to move readers on the character scale.

Susan Littlefield
06-03-2012, 09:00 AM
This has definitely been around the boards a few times, but that doesn't matter. It's really a fun little "game," if you don't take it too seriously. I did excerpts from two novels in progress and the entirety of three of my published short stories, and part of another published short story, and I apparently write like seven different authors. Ha, how versatile can one be? :D

Death Wizard
06-03-2012, 09:04 AM
It'd be interesting to post two or three grafs from a King novel and see if it spat out Nicholas Sparks.

Susan Littlefield
06-03-2012, 09:56 AM
It'd be interesting to post two or three grafs from a King novel and see if it spat out Nicholas Sparks.

I just learned that Jack London and Oscar Wilde did not write like themselves. They wrote like other authors. :D

lorna_w
06-03-2012, 05:36 PM
If David Foster Wallace and Cory Doctorow had a love child, that would apparently be me.

Both male POVs from WIP, so this is a good thing. Teen character was Doctorow, so...also seems good to me.

Female POV, I got Margaret Mitchell, too.

I'll take all these, not because I think I write like those people in the least but because it suggests to me the voices might be right-er than I had hoped.

Edit: I threw my own journal in, and got J.D. Salinger. Huh. Does this mean I write like a whiny adolescent? Or something else...?

Disa
06-03-2012, 06:44 PM
Hmm. When I put short snippits from various short stories I got James Joyce. When I put the entire story I got David Foster Wallace on one and Cory Doctorow on the other.

kayleamay
06-05-2012, 03:07 AM
Apparently, I write fiction like Chuck Palahniuk but a blurb from my diary came back H.P. Lovecraft. That second one made me laugh.

Death Wizard
06-05-2012, 05:41 AM
Apparently, I write fiction like Chuck Palahniuk but a blurb from my diary came back H.P. Lovecraft. That second one made me laugh.

You've always been a fighter.

jr0127
06-12-2012, 10:16 AM
Oddly enough, I got Stephen King and Cory Doctorow.

randi.lee
07-06-2012, 08:04 PM
Found this website where you can copy and paste some of your writing into a text box and the site will tell you what famous person you write like (http://iwl.me/)!

I know it isn't the most accurate thing in the world, but it's still fun to give it a try! :)

I write like Steven King. What did it come up with for you?

Thump
07-06-2012, 08:09 PM
The link doesn't work for me :( Also, in your sig, it should be "Allons-y!"

cray
07-06-2012, 08:17 PM
there's a thread or two like this around here already,....


http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246395&highlight=write


there's a working link in there, i think.

randi.lee
07-06-2012, 08:23 PM
The link doesn't work for me :( Also, in your sig, it should be "Allons-y!"

Fixed the link! And thanks! Typos are my weakest link...

randi.lee
07-06-2012, 08:24 PM
there's a thread or two like this around here already,....


http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246395&highlight=write


there's a working link in there, i think.

Thanks for sharing the link, didn't know about this one!

randi.lee
07-06-2012, 08:50 PM
Woops! Started a new one of these without thinking to look if a thread like this already existed :)

I write like Stephen King, apparently. I'm not sure if this is valid, though--haven't read one of his works in years!

cray
07-06-2012, 08:53 PM
here's another one just in case: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185770&highlight=write


:D

shyne
07-06-2012, 09:48 PM
I write like someone whose been possessed by a retarded ghost.

Youko Alicia
07-07-2012, 08:13 AM
Well...on one piece I write like William Shakespeare. On three others I got Chuck Palahniuk. I also had five Stephen King's. And a Cory Doctorow. Hm...

shakeysix
07-07-2012, 08:40 AM
Raymond Chandler!! My hero!!!!! --s6

clevername37
01-06-2013, 07:52 AM
I entered different sections of my book, twice each, to test the test. Every time it came back with JD Salinger. Guess I'll have to find out who he or she is.

Liralen
01-06-2013, 08:29 AM
Stephen King

James Joyce

Anne Rice

J. D. Salinger

David Foster Wallace

. . . from different sections of the WiP

From a couple of stanzas of one of the poems, Nabokov.

Mary Shelley on another.


Okay. Maybe I just write like me?