Whom do you write like?

Avatar preferredHave you ever wondered whom you write like? Xensen has this nifty “I write like” engine, where you insert your text and it analyses which author you are closest to. Either take it with a grain of salt or believe it, as you will.

I put in various fragments of Dark Logic and it came out like this, in order of frequency:

James Joyce, Dan Brown, Vladimir Nabokov, H. P. Lovecraft, Anne Rice, Mario Puzo, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. K. Rowling, David Foster Wallace, James Fenimore Cooper, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Mitchell, Ernest Hemingway

The short stories so far came out as:

David Foster Wallace, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, Dan Brown and Edgar Allan Poe

9 comments for “Whom do you write like?

  1. August 28, 2010 at 12:55

    a rather large grain of salt methinks.

    I put in my last six longish blog posts and they came out as

    David Foster Wallace
    Cory Doctorow
    Kurt Vonneget
    James Joyce
    James Joyce
    William Shakespeare

    I think I’l quit while I’m ahead. However imagine the horror if it came out as I Write Like … Polly Toynbee or Julie Birchill et. al.

  2. QM
    August 28, 2010 at 13:06

    Apparently I write like David Foster Wallace, to which I immediately thought, who?

    My one short story I’ve had published (online) had me writing like Stephen King, which is ok I guess though I’ve only ever read book 1 of the Dark Tower series.

  3. August 28, 2010 at 13:07

    With horror scenarios like that, PC, perhaps you write like Stephen King.

    QM – any chance of a copy of that?

  4. August 28, 2010 at 13:10

    I got Nabokov.

  5. QM
    August 28, 2010 at 13:23

    I emailed it to you.

  6. August 28, 2010 at 17:11

    I got David Foster Wallace and had to look him up, too!

  7. August 28, 2010 at 22:34

    Hmm I write like Arthur C Clarke. Not too shabby but a pinch of salt is definitely required: I enters a MacGonagall poem into the analyser and it came out with James Joyce!

  8. August 29, 2010 at 01:22

    Now I get Lovecraft.

    By the way James, what’s this ‘whom do you write like?’? Surely this is not a whom but a who?

  9. AsYouLikeIt
    September 1, 2010 at 06:46

    Dickens, Margaret Atwood and Joyce….I’ll leave it at that

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