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Posted By: SkyHawk I Write Like... - 07/20/10 09:39 PM
More fun stuff for our talented group of RR writers.

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Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.

Any text in English will do: your latest blog post, journal entry, comment, chapter of your unfinished book, etc. For reliable results paste at least a few paragraphs (not tweets).
Analyze your writing here.
Posted By: SkyHawk Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 09:45 PM
I found some stuff I wrote last year and pasted it in.

I write like:
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Posted By: Mellowicious Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 09:51 PM
Okay. It says I write like David Foster Wallace. I wish the site said something more than just the name. All I can think of is that both of us tend to write (or tended, in his case) at length!

Oh, dear. Does this mean I need to take another shot at Infinite Jest? But it's so LONG!

I believe that's Joyce, Sky, isn't it? Good grief, it could almost be Johnny Depp in that portrait.

(hmm...apparently I blog like David Foster Wallace, but I email like Nabokov...strange)
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:05 PM
Cory Doctorow?
I've never heard of him.
A 39 year old Canadian blogger.
Posted By: Mellowicious Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:16 PM
Well, you'd better read him then, hmm? grin
Posted By: Jeffro Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:16 PM
Hmmm.. I, apparently, write like Stephen King, James Joyce and Raymond Chandler. (Raymond Chandler in one paragraph and then James Joyce in the second paragraph of the same post). I just popped in another old post of mine and - on that day - I was Kurt Vonnegut. Sweet. Not sure we should put a lot of faith in this particular 'test'.

I just entered a paragraph from Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" and it correctly picked Kurt Vonnegut as the author. I entered an HP Lovecraft paragraph and it correctly identified that - then I tried James Joyce and it got it right again. So, perhaps I'm wildly inconsistent in my writing.
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:20 PM
Oops. I'm fickle.
The first time I used a post from RR.

I tried it again using an email I wrote to a friend (you, Mellow) and now I come up with Vladimir Nabokov author of Lolita.
His wiki mentions use of many descriptive details and a preference for actualism over realism and "Nabokov's English combines aching lyricism with dispassionate precision in a way that seems to render every human emotion in all its intensity but never with an ounce of schmaltz or soggy language".
Posted By: Mellowicious Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:23 PM
Well, I have yet to know you to be schmaltzy about anything except, possibly, food. Soggy? Maybe...but not when you remember to use beer mats.
Posted By: NW Ponderer Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:32 PM
I need to wait to get home - I can't put some of the things I write on an official computer... heh.
Posted By: pondering_it_all Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 10:55 PM
I submitted a few paragraphs from a technical document I wrote for work. Apparently, I write like Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code, etc.).

I have published non-fiction. Maybe I should take my wife's advice and start writing speculative fiction.
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/20/10 11:21 PM
LOL, NWP.
I can't wait to see what you get.

Mellow, you pickin on me?

I did it twice more...my actual writings.
Margret Mitchell (duh) and Stephen King!
This is fun!
Posted By: itstarted Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 01:16 AM
I am totally spooked... Uneasy... Am going to make a Martini, and come back and finish this. I think I'll leave the lights on tonight...

I write like H. P. Lovecraft
HERE...
I didn't know who this was... Will come back and explain after the martini.


Posted By: itstarted Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 02:22 AM
Pastor AG would really appreciate this:
Coincidence? I think not!

From Wikipedia:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

First of all, I even look a little like Lovecraft... My mama had an ugly child, she didn't have a stupid child. smile

Born Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Died March 15, 1937
Providence, Rhode Island


He died about the same time I was born (late 1936). I was born in Pawtucket three miles away.

Alma mater Hope High School, Providence

My bride graduated Hope

His parents married, the first marriage for both, when they were in their thirties, unusually late in life given the time period.

Mine too...

The elder Lovecraft was taken back to Providence and placed in Butler Hospital

My great Aunt Nellie Spent time in Butler (Mental Hospital)

His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical

smile ask Ardy!!! LOL

Lovecraft was a prodigy, reciting poetry at the age of three and writing complete poems by six. His grandfather encouraged his reading, providing him with classics such as The Arabian Nights

Don't know about the prodigy part, but I could recite poetry, and learned to write at age 5... One of my all time favorites... Arabian Nights

Lovecraft was frequently ill as a child, at least some of which was certainly psychosomatic, although he attributed his various ailments to physical causes only.

I was a sicky... if there was a bug, I caught it... Dr. Doll came to our house on a regular basis... Allergies, ear aches, colds, mumps, whooping cough, poison ivy, measles... had them all.

Mismanagement of his grandfather's estate left his family in such a poor financial situation they were forced to move into much smaller accommodations at 598 (now a duplex at 598-600) Angell Street.

My dad lived on Angell St. before he got married.

This failure to complete his education (he wished to study at Brown University) was a source of disappointment and shame even late into his life.

I was accepted and came within an hour of attending Brown (went to Bowdoin instead)...

Back in Providence, Lovecraft lived in a "spacious brown Victorian wooden house" at 10 Barnes Street until 1933.

I studied in the summer at Brown... on Barnes Street..

In 1936, Lovecraft was diagnosed with cancer of the intestine

In 1989, I had colon cancer... cured with surgery

Lovecraft was listed along with his parents on the Phillips family monument. That was not enough for his fans, so in 1977 a group of them raised the money to buy him a headstone of his own in Swan Point cemetery, on which they had inscribed Lovecraft's name, the dates of his birth and death, and the phrase "I AM PROVIDENCE", a line from one of his personal letters.

Most of my family and all of my bride's family are interred at Swan Point.

Lovecraft's fiction has been grouped into three categories by some critics. While Lovecraft did not refer to these categories himself, he did once write, "There are my 'Poe' pieces and my 'Dunsany pieces' � but alas � where are my Lovecraft pieces?"

Sounds Hokey, but my favorite author has always been Poe... I once memorized for a show, the entire "Tell Tale Heart"

Much of Lovecraft's work was directly inspired by his night terrors

We used to call them nightmares... my own private hell, 'til about age 15.

His prose is somewhat antiquarian. Often he employed archaic vocabulary or spelling which had already by his time been replaced by contemporary coinages

Sobeit, thus so have I also been therewith accused.

Though little known to his fan base, Lovecraft was familiar with the work of the German conservative-revolutionary theorist Oswald Spengler

Spengler fascinated me

In a letter to James F. Morton in 1923, Lovecraft specifically points to Einstein's theory on relativity as throwing the world into chaos and making the cosmos a jest

See my current signature

Lovecraft considered himself a man best suited to the early 18th century. His writing style, especially in his many letters, owes much to Augustan British writers of the Enlightenment like Joseph Addison and Jonathan Swift

Bingo... on Swift... third on my historical favorites

Although Lovecraft is known mostly for his works of weird fiction, the bulk of his writing consists of voluminous letters about a variety of topics, from weird fiction and art criticism to politics and history.

Don't know about voluminous, but.... smile

From Wiki:
Historical locations
Pascoag, Rhode Island::: Lifeguarded there
Chepachet, Rhode :::Summer camped there
Gainesville, Florida ::: trained swimming U of F
Binger in Caddo County, Oklahoma::: No
Copp's Hill, Boston, Massachusetts::: lived Back Bay 1 mile
Pawtuxet (now Cranston, Rhode Island):::
Newburyport, Massachusetts::: best friend lives there
Ipswich, Massachusetts::: Lived in Falmouth
Dunedin, New Zealand::: miss
Bolton, Massachusetts:::no
Salem, Massachusetts::: niece is a witch
Brattleboro, Vermont::: One of my stores...
Albany, New York::: lived and worked there 7 years
New York City, New York:::worked there hated it.

The martini helped. blush

Now, I have to go and read his books. frown
Posted By: Irked Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 03:09 AM
6 different texts, 5 different writers. Who knew one could be so diverse?
Posted By: pdx rick Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 04:30 AM
"Supposedly" I write like this guy:

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Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Hmm

Posted By: pdx rick Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 04:31 AM
(can't wait to see Schlacky's results!)
Posted By: pdx rick Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 04:32 AM
Originally Posted by Mellowicious
...All I can think of is that both of us tend to write (or tended, in his case) at length!

gobsmacked
Posted By: Ardy Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 04:32 AM
Supposedly I write like George Orwell

Just to check the accuracy of this information, I went and found some Orwell text to be evaluated. It turns out that Orwell writes like Ian Flemming.
Posted By: Garden Toad Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by Ardy
Supposedly I write like George Orwell

Just to check the accuracy of this information, I went and found some Orwell text to be evaluated. It turns out that Orwell writes like Ian Flemming.

LOL Typical internet test!

I tried 5 different texts from posts here, a garden forum and emails. It gave me 5 different authors. :rolleyes

My daughter writes a lot so I had her try it several times and she got a different one each time too.
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 07:18 PM
Originally Posted by itstarted
Pastor AG would really appreciate this:
Coincidence? I think not!

From Wikipedia:

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The martini helped. blush

Now, I have to go and read his books. frown
Poor Bob.
That is too weird.
Posted By: humphreysmar Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 07:47 PM
David Foster WalLace, H P Lovecraft, Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King. 4 different samples.

Years ago Opinionated Alien linked a site where an analysis told whether the sample was written by a man or woman. Man for every sample I submitted.
Posted By: 2wins Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 07:59 PM
yep. like you martha i submitted multiples and got multiple answers. wallace was one.
Posted By: numan Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 11:20 PM
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I've never been so insulted in my life!! [Linked Image]

The computer told me that I write like the author of the Da Vinci Code[Linked Image] [Linked Image] !!!

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Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/21/10 11:54 PM
Originally Posted by numan
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I've never been so insulted in my life!! [Linked Image]

The computer told me that I write like the author of the Da Vinci Code[Linked Image] [Linked Image] !!!

[Linked Image]
ROTFMOL
I love it, numan!

Hey....off topic...
What's with that period/dot (.) you start your posts with?
Is that some kind of "flare"?
I dunno. Maybe that's what tipped it toward that author or something. Hmm
Posted By: Mellowicious Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 12:02 AM
Wow, numan. I'm kind of impressed that you admitted it!
Posted By: pdx rick Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 12:37 AM
Originally Posted by Mellowicious
Wow, numan. I'm kind of impressed that you admitted it!
ROTFMOL
Posted By: Almost Naomi Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 12:44 AM
Dan Brown here, too.

Hell, numan...I'd take a DaVinci Code success, given the opportunity.

Okay...how about submitting what y'all wrote? Only if it's suitable for public viewingl, of course. grin Here's mine (excuse the spacing...or lack thereof...didn't feel like playing around with it.)...


�How�s this?� She�d found an old black and white movie.
�Great!� Bob said. �Thanks!�
He settled back in his chair again, stretched his legs out in front and laced his fingers behind his head. I was happy for him. And it took the pressure off me. I didn�t have to make small talk or pretend to be reading something I didn�t give a rat�s ass about. I put the magazine aside and closed my eyes. Having his company felt sort of nice now.
�We�ll return to Judy Garland and George Murphy in Little Nellie Kelly in just a moment, after these words from our sponsor.� The announcer�s voice drifted around in the background.
Little Nellie Kelly? Jeezuz�
Soon I was dozing off, half-waking during contractions, but comfortable enough.
�Wow, Tat! Look at this!� Bob�s shout startled me fully awake.
�What? What�s the matter?�
�Judy Garland.�
�Yeah? What about her?�
�She�s having a baby. Just like you!�
�Really?�
�Uh-huh.�
Nurse Nancy, having heard Bob�s exclamation, zoomed into the room.
�What happened? Everything okay in here?�
�Yeah, we�re fine,� I said. �Judy Garland�s having a baby, too.�
�Really? Well, isn�t that nice?� She settled herself behind Bob�s chair to watch.
It was a cozy few minutes, just the three of us and the TV.
And then... BAM! Judy dies. Right there in front of us. In childbirth.
�Holy sh*t,� I said quietly.
I looked over at Bob and Nursie. He was staring straight ahead, a flabbergasted expression on his puss. She looked as if her face might detonate any minute. It had turned a deep, beet-red. The color burned itself all the way up into her Nancy-Doodle curls. She stood there, frozen in time, as if Marlin Perkins had shot her a good one with a stun gun.

Posted By: numan Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
Wow, numan. I'm kind of impressed that you admitted it!
It's all nonsense anyway, of course!

[It had better be!] � � [Linked Image]
Posted By: numan Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by olyve
Hey....off topic...
What's with that period/dot (.) you start your posts with?
No great significance. It just offends my delicate �sthetic sensibilities when a line starts right at the top of the box. The apostrophe gives a clear line above the first written line.
[Linked Image]
Posted By: Mellowicious Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 01:35 AM
AN - you want me to remember today what I fed to a website yesterday?

HAH! Dream on, my friend!
Posted By: Ken Condon Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 01:36 AM
Wow numan. That portrait is exactly as I pictured you to be. Who took the photograph?
Posted By: SkyHawk Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 02:48 AM
Originally Posted by Ken Hill
Wow numan. That portrait is exactly as I pictured you to be. Who took the photograph?
Me too!! Great likeness, Lil enn!
Posted By: Greger Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 03:39 AM
Hrrrrm. I am at least temporarily back online; the bailing wire and duct tape seem to be holding things together. It rattles, it shakes. It occasionally shudders and sighs. Imagine, if you will, a Frankensteinian scenario with cables running will'e nill'e to things stitched together and strapped onto tables and then to spinning and whirling thingmabobs and doodads attractive to lightning.
In the aftermath, sparks flyings and more smoke than you can imagine; acrid, ozone laden and nerve jangling. The monster sallies forth. Mindless but alive.


While I am fully aware that I write like an uneducated, former construction worker, when the above is pasted into the linked website it says that Stephen King writes like me.
Posted By: NW Ponderer Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 03:47 AM
Apparently, Arthur C. Clarke... a lot. I copied nearly a chapter of a story I've written, and it came up Clarke 3 out of 4 times. Vladimir Nabokov was the other one....

Let me try another story.
Posted By: NW Ponderer Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 03:48 AM
Hmmm... now, Dan Brown....
Posted By: NW Ponderer Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 03:51 AM
Apparently I essay like Cory Doctorow and H.P. Lovecraft...
Posted By: Slipped Mickey Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 04:15 AM
It said that my prose is like, "Sudoku on acid, but with greater command of subject, not to mention punctuation."

Not bad, I'm pleased with that.
Posted By: numan Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 08:27 AM
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This is more like it!

I put in a larger sample of my more high-falutin' writing and it spit out that I write like Arthur C. Clarke! � � [Linked Image]

However, in line with my sceptical Clarkian persona, I still say the whole thing is nonsense!
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 11:15 AM
Originally Posted by numan
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Originally Posted by olyve
Hey....off topic...
What's with that period/dot (.) you start your posts with?
No great significance. It just offends my delicate �sthetic sensibilities when a line starts right at the top of the box. The apostrophe gives a clear line above the first written line.
[Linked Image]
Oh.
Thanks for the explain.
Yeah I guess it does look more like an apostrophe rather than a dot.
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/22/10 11:19 AM
Originally Posted by NW Ponderer
Apparently I essay like Cory Doctorow and H.P. Lovecraft...
Wow, NW, I'm mostly Doctorow too but heavy on....
Originally Posted by NW Ponderer
Vladimir Nabokov was the other one...
too when I'm writing more casually, flippantly.
Posted By: itstarted Re: I Write Like... - 07/27/10 07:35 PM
I Write Like
How it works.
Posted By: olyve Re: I Write Like... - 07/27/10 10:37 PM
Oh thanks, It.
That was really interesting.
I especially liked this ...
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Really, what's the point of "I Write Like"? Does it have a useful application or is it just for fun?

I didn't think that there was a big point in it before launching. However, I've been proved wrong: it helps people discover and re-discover writers. There are so many comments like "I write like Ernest Hemingway. I have to read more of his books," or "I write like Chuck Palahniuk. Who? Never heard of him, will read," or "I write like Edgar Allan Poe. Never read anything by him, but now I think I will." It is amazing that this tool can be used for education, so I plan to add information about writers and their books in one of the next versions.
Posted By: SkyHawk Re: I Write Like... - 07/27/10 10:52 PM
... and isn't if fun to just dream a bit?...

That is the purpose of these "fun" polls. .. to open a window of possibility.
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