I Write Like Who? Say What?


Omnivoracious has a link to “I Write Like“, which is a text analyzer site where you cut and paste in your own text, and the site tells you which famous author your writing resembles.

Hunh. I decided to take it out for a whirl. The first bit of text that I cut and pasted told me that I wrote like Kurt Vonnegut. The second bit of text that I cut and pasted told me that I wrote like Dan Brown. The third and fourth bits of text that I cut and pasted told me that I wrote like other male authors.

I write like
Dan Brown

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

I suppose that I don’t use enough flowery adjectives to rate as a female. Should I get a DNA test? I thought giving birth was pretty powerful proof of being a genetic female, but could I be wrong?

So take the text test and find your writing style (and gender). If any of y’all get Elizabeth Peters or Janet Evanovich, I’m going to be pissed.

15 Responses

  1. First it said I write like Chuck Palahniuk, whoever that is.
    Then Dan Brown and no clue who he is either.
    Last try was David Foster Wallace. Who?

    I don’t know who Elizabeth Peters or Janet Evanovich are either.

    So I remain clueless who all these people are that we should or should not have the same writing styles.

    • Could be worse, n2l. It could say that you wrote like Jane Austen.

    • Oh, dear. Dan Brown is a favorite author of SwampMan. I opened the book that SwampMan was reading, read the premise, and said “bullshit!” Then I kinda pissed poor old SwampMan off by enumerating the reasons that the plot could not happen. He said “It’s a damn BOOK where you’re SUPPOSED to suspend reason and just ENJOY it, damnit!”

      Maybe it means that I’m a bullshitter.

      I can live with that.

  2. Maybe the varying results mean that we’re schizophrenic and we’re hearing different voices in our heads.

  3. I’ve always written like me, but they don’t have a database for that, I suppose.

    /Not being a rich and (in)famous writer. Maybe that whole writing like me thing is why.

  4. Who knows what the dealio is with this program. I got an impression that it was fishing for new talent.

  5. I have 10 books on the floor beside my Lazy Chair. Nine of them are how to, as in (2) pressure cooker recipe books, pickling recipes, drying food recipes, painting floor cloth instructions, how to decorative concrete book, ASL book, mixed genre food preservation, once a month cooking, and a novel.

    • I could write a book about “how to make concrete dog water dishes the German Shepherd won’t destroy and how to keep the chickens outta the wet concrete until it sets” but somehow I don’t think there’d be much of a market for it.

      I could write one about “turn your front yard into a meadow and let your sheep do the landscaping”, too, but again, I sense a distinct lack of buyer interest from the general public.

      Well, snap. I thought I hit the reply key to n2l’s bummer talent comment above. I thought wrong.

  6. David Foster Wallace

  7. heh. I just figure if I put the words, “nuke gingrich is david foster wallace” on the internets, then the search engines will tell any stalkers that piece of info.

    now, we all know it’s not true.

    nuke gingrich is actually Dean Koontz

  8. Hunh. SwampWoman is actually……actually…….dang. Can’t think of anybody I want to harass like that. Well, yeah, I can, but the people that I really don’t like know who really doesn’t like ’em, and I write exactly like I speak.

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