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Anacry
06-11-2011, 04:19 AM
Has anybody every read your stuff and immediately jumped into a "Hey, you're writing sounds like Dickens!" Or Shakespeare. Or Bruce Coville. Or some other already-established writer?

I've had it happen to me, I get a lot of "You're writing sounds like Terry Gilliam!" for my comedy stuff and I just wanted to know who people say you sound like?

Or has that never happened to you?

thothguard51
06-11-2011, 05:00 AM
Several of my Beta's say my style resembles and early Robert Jordan.

Me, I am not sure who I write like as I try to just write what feels right...

TerraAnn
06-11-2011, 06:04 AM
My gram thinks I write like Nora Roberts sometimes. Which would make sense, consdering basically all I read is Nora Roberts, lol. But I also read other books. I think my writing is different, but it definately has aspects where it's the same style as Nora Roberts.

Sarah Madara
06-11-2011, 06:26 AM
I'm sure this has been posted before, but if you haven't been you have to try http://iwl.me/.

I've gotten everything from Hemingway to Hawthorne to Palahniuk, depending on the sample. I think it's all bunk but it's still fun.

As to actually writing like anyone, I have no clue. I haven't shared with enough people to earn a comparison :)

backslashbaby
06-11-2011, 06:29 AM
I have gotten comments that I am embarrassed to admit thrill me to no end :) I won't say who the authors are, though. Then I'd have to really live up to it! That could present a problem ;)

I haven't even read two of them, so that makes me even more giddy :D

KellyAssauer
06-11-2011, 07:17 AM
Once upon a time in attempts to write long, long, ago...

I used to write like who I was reading, it took me about a year to knock that off! =) Now, I write like me.

Cliff Face
06-11-2011, 08:49 AM
I probably write like Douglas Adams just a little bit. He's my favourite author.

But I've never had someone tell me, "Oh, you write just like..."

Then again, I don't really share my writing with people.

Anacry
06-11-2011, 09:05 AM
Shaaame. If you write like Douglas Adams, I'd love to read your work! I love his work.

Cliff Face
06-11-2011, 11:10 AM
Well, it's mostly just my first book series that is Adams-esque. Well, it's comedic urban fantasy, not sci-fi, but still...

And I'm not sure how much like his writing it is. Perhaps just a similar sense of humour?

DeleyanLee
06-11-2011, 04:46 PM
Anne McCaffrey and Katherine Kurtz, but that was a while ago. I never understood it, especially since I've never read Kurtz.

Anninyn
06-11-2011, 05:31 PM
I'm sure this has been posted before, but if you haven't been you have to try http://iwl.me/.

I've gotten everything from Hemingway to Hawthorne to Palahniuk, depending on the sample. I think it's all bunk but it's still fun.

As to actually writing like anyone, I have no clue. I haven't shared with enough people to earn a comparison :)
It just told me I write like Dan Brown. Considering I;ve read very little of Brown's work, and I hated what I did read, I sincerely hope not.

areteus
06-11-2011, 05:36 PM
One of my crits I got back for one of my pieces started with the statement: this reads exactly like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams. However, I think it was because I was attempting comedy and was using the 'dry British wit' style of comedy.

I am still waiting for the judges to rule on my sentence for that trangression. Anyone know what the current prison term is for 'Attempted comedy'?

Adam
06-11-2011, 05:53 PM
I've had a Terry Pratchett and a Douglas Adams. I believe neither, but it's nice to hear regardless. :)

areteus
06-11-2011, 07:23 PM
Yeah, never beleived it either... was flattered but not convinced :)

scarletpeaches
06-11-2011, 07:31 PM
I've been compared to two authors that I can think of; one was Douglas Adams, after I wrote a complaint letter. Yes, really. An employee phoned me up to discuss the matter and said my letter was so funny that he called over his colleagues to read my email too; apparently he was crying with laughter and said, "This woman's got to be a writer."

The other author I've been compared to is someone so stupendously brilliant I don't even feel worthy to repeat their name for fear of people going, "Oh yeah, right, Scarlett. Piss off, there's a good lass."

brainstorm77
06-11-2011, 08:42 PM
Nails scraping the chalkboard.

Anacry
06-12-2011, 12:28 AM
I'm sure this has been posted before, but if you haven't been you have to try http://iwl.me/.

I've gotten everything from Hemingway to Hawthorne to Palahniuk, depending on the sample. I think it's all bunk but it's still fun.

As to actually writing like anyone, I have no clue. I haven't shared with enough people to earn a comparison :)

I tried it.
I got Issac Asimov, JRR Tolkien and Jack London.
See a running theme here? Lol.

entropic island
06-12-2011, 12:48 AM
I got "You write Douglas Adams" so often I had to adjust my style. (Not that I don't love Adams, but - I want to be Aidan, not Adams.)

areteus
06-12-2011, 01:14 AM
Well, according to the above site, I write like William Shakespeare...

http://iwl.me/s/f0797b6c

That's based on the opening scene from my first published short story. I suppose it means I am cryptic and have a tendency to insert really wierd word combinations into the middle of what should be logical sequences (seriously, my wife did a Shakespeare reading at a friend's wedding recently... it was a real tongue twister with nonsensical words in the middle of it... like compass sickle come...)

Xelebes
06-12-2011, 03:10 AM
Nobody has compared my writing to anybody's writing yet. Hmm. *shrug*