Sunday, July 18, 2010

Who'da Thunk It?



According to a web site which analyzes your writing and compares it to other authors, I write like:


I write like
Dan Brown

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




Who'da thunk it?! (hahahaha)

I tried it with a sample of my recent WIP, the one I worked on steadily from November until recently. Trying it again with another section of text from the same WIP, I got these results:


I write like
Ian Fleming

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Trying it again with an excerpt from JACK & JILL: THE UNTOLD STORY, which I worked on a couple of years ago (and have been toying with recently), I got these results:


I write like
J. K. Rowling

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And, using a sample from my children's fiction (Middle Grade, ages 8-12):


I write like
Ursula K. Le Guin

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




Finally, using a sample from THE REFLECTING STONE, the first novel I worked on about four years ago....



I write like
William Shakespeare

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Hahahaha!

So what have I done to my writing over the past four years that it would plunge from the heights of Sheakespeare to, well, uh, nevermind.

At least it's good for a laugh,

Adrian

2 comments:

Yacota Shayne said...

I tried this same analysis with a few different pieces of my writing and found the results to be surprising. I haven't read any of the writers I supposedly write like.

Adrian Swift said...

Yacota, thanks for sharing your comment! I think they're just basing it on word length, sentence length, and frequency of various types of vocabulary, but who knows. It's just for fun, I guess, but it gets one thinking -- whose work does my work resemble?