Saturday, 17 July 2010

I Write Like

You know you want to...

Put some of your writing on this website and see in whose style you write. It's designed by software developers Coding Robots, lets you paste in a section of your prose and analyses your vocabulary, sentence-length and punctuation. It then compares this to a list of 40 famous writers, and comes up with the closest comparison to your style.

It's been so popular that Margaret Atwood, one of the authors included in the site's database, was prompted to try it out. Unfortunately, Atwood revealed, she writes like ... Stephen King. A second attempt told her she wrote like James Joyce. The site's creator is now promising to "train the database" with more of her works so it'll be able to recognise her in the future.

This blog is written in the style of David Foster Wallace.
(I confess I've never read him)

My Poetry Collection (currently out for consideration) is in the same style. (Who'd athunk it?)

My novel, I'm gutted to tell you, comes out as Stephen King. Really? Hm.

You?

13 comments:

Jessica Maybury said...

ah now, King is a legend

eimearryan said...

There's no shame in writing like SK! It certainly bodes well for the page-turnability of your novel. :)

Emerging Writer said...

I dunno though. I've read very little except for his brilliant On Writing book and I'm not sure it's a suitable style for my book. But whatever. Could be worse. Could be Enid Blyton.

Niamh B said...

I'm chuck palahniuk for fiction and poetry, my blog is james joyce! forgive me for doubting the truth of these assertions! lol

Emerging Writer said...

I can like, so totally see that, Niamh. Your blog IS James Joyce. You should get a grant. You should get your own day.

dublindave said...

That was fun - I got David Foster Wallace for a short story, Vladimir Nabakov for poetry and (worryingly) H. P. Lovecraft for the blog.

Words A Day said...

I write like david foster wallace, who's he!!! Will i resist the tempation to keep trying till i hit atwood? No. Would have been delighted to get King. There's one for your submissions to publishers!

Words A Day said...

Yes! Got an Atwood for my novel! That link is addictive...what are you trying to do to us!!!

Emerging Writer said...

OK so what should I read by David Foster Wallace?
(At least I can't be accused of trying to ape his style!)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Apparently I write like................A ten year old.

Emerging Writer said...

So Dan Brown is it, TFE?

Maxine Beneba Clarke said...

Am off to try it now, sounds like just the kind of dubious fun I need to procrastinate with right now.

Máire T. Robinson said...

I got H.P Lovecraft. Is that even a real person? It sounds like a Mills and Boon pen name. I was hoping for Atwood. Then again, I'm sure Atwood was also hoping for Atwood!