Sunday, July 18, 2010

I write like ..

All you have to do is paste in a blog post and hey presto. I'm sure I don't write like DFL - not enough footnotes for a start.

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


~profgrrrrl~ said...

I tried it for 3 posts and got 3 different responses: J K Rowling, Stephen King, and someone I didn't recognize and now forget.

Anonymous said...

I had the same experience. My post about reading, including mention of Nabakov, came up with me writing like Nabokov. The one about technology was like Cory Doctorow, and one about my vacation was supposedly like Stephen King! I then tried it with part of a chapter of a novel I am writing, and it came up Jack London!

Obviously we don't these tests to really find out whose writing is most like ours, but I would be curious to learn how they set this up. It is obviously partly theme/vocabulary but I wonder what else is involved.

Oh well... It is fun no matter what!

Lesley said...

I think it must be a pretty crude algorithm!

Anonymous said...

I got James Joyce. Can't be very clever can it? I suspect that it's all to do with getting you to buy the Course. How cynical is that?

Can't be bothered to sign in so will appear as Anonymous but I'm another Lesley.

Anonymous said...

According to this, I’m variously:

Dan Brown ( no-no-no! )
Cory Doctorow ( never heard of this author but might check them out )
James Joyce ( that must’ve been the exerpt with a lot of swearing)
Leo Tolstoy ( that must’ve been the verrrrrry long extract )
Margaret Atwood ( quite pleased about that one )
David Foster Wallace ( someone else I haven’t met )
And Stephen King ( I don't think I’ve ever read on of his books - but he certainly sells plenty )

meredic said...

oooh ....scurries off

meredic said...

sheesh! I gave it 200 pages and it broke.
I guess I write like me....

BeefKing said...

Ok you got David Foster Wallace. So I tried some of my lucid prose, and guess what: David Foster Wallace. Now I'm suspicious. So I plugged in an excerpt from that very hilarious story "A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again" buy David Foster Wallace, and guess who he writes like?

Stephen King.