Who do you write like? Find out!

June 17, 2013 § 9 Comments

typewriterA008blog-754097Joe Hill gets a hat tip for tweeting a link to I Write Like, a website that allows you to paste in a few paragraphs (or more) of something you write to get an analysis of whose style your work is most similar to. I did it for the first chapter of my space opera in progress, and got this:

I write like
Ian Fleming

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Which is cool, I guess. I mean, I like James Bond as much as the next guy. Maybe a little more. But I thought I’d try it again, this time with the entire text of my most recently published story, “Lightning” (blatant self-promotion: you can find it in the Cincinnati Writers Project Anthology 4: A Few Good Words). This time, I got:

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Also cool. I mean, I liked the movie version of Fight Club, but I’ve never read the book. Or anything else by Palahniuk. But “Lightning” isn’t my normal style. It was an experiment, and I like the result, but it’s not the type of writing I plan to make a career out of.

Try it with your own work and post who you write like in the comments!

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§ 9 Responses to Who do you write like? Find out!

  • I apparently write like Bram Stoker and Jane Austen. What an eye-opener, haha. Thanks for sharing! I had a spot of fun there 🙂

    • Two very recognizable names! I would question the accuracy of the thing, but it told Joe Hill that he writes like Stephen King — much to Hill’s chagrin. It seems he’s tired of being compared to his dad (and understandably so, although I wouldn’t mind the comparison).

      • I’d say such a thing can never be 100% accurate for obvious reasons, but I still enjoyed it. Haha, Hill’s experience is amazing! I wouldn’t mind being compared to King either 😉 I’m afraid I don’t recognise the names you got. I’m just so pleased I actually recognise mines ones!

  • […] through the reader, I noticed that Kicking the Pants had posted about a website – I Write Like – that tells you which author your style is […]

  • stevebrowne says:

    David,
    Cool site. I tried it on a very short story I just finished and it came back as J.D. Salinger. Now I am not even saying that I am anywhere near Mr. Salinger who authored The Catcher in the Rye, in terms of talent, it is interesting and a morale boost.
    Thanks for the post.

  • L.P. Mergle says:

    I can’t help trying to find out how things like these work so I took one of my short stories and checked chunks of it at a time. I got Dan Brown, Ursula le Guin, Ursula Le Guin (again), Arthur Clarke, Neil Gaiman (Woohoo!), H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Clarke (again), Dan Brown a couple of times and Margaret Atwood.

  • Shannon says:

    I also wonder about the accuracy of the algorithm…I got James Joyce, holy cow! It does certainly make me feel (although not entirely believe) as though the world has missed out on a classic author, since I have never attempted to be published. …Ok, so something is up, with this ^ I got H.P. Lovecraft. James Joyce/H.P. Lovecraft? Really? Could they even be compared? However, I just analyzed the remainder of this text, including everything I wrote before the first “….” still says H.P. Lovecraft. This could go on all night!

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