Conundrum

14 March, 2011
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Or indictment. Heh.

Last night, I ran across the site I Write Like. Bizarre title for a writing site, but…anyway. It’s supposed to tell you whose style your writing resembles most. So I thought, hey, this sounds like fun; I’m curious, so I’ll give it a go.

I collected ten blog posts from the archives, basically at random (I looked for length, not subject matter). According to the results I received, I’m either quite the eclectic writer, or my every post is a schizophrenic shot in the dark. Think Jackson Pollock with a pen. So who do I “sound like” when I write? The results from their script’s analysis of ten different posts indicate that I Write Like:

  1. Dan Brown
  2. Cory Doctorow
  3. H.P. Lovecraft (twice)
  4. Douglas Adams
  5. David Foster Wallace (twice)
  6. J.D. Salinger
  7. Stephenie Meyer
  8. And on the last try: Stephen King (yay)

But then I got to thinking, I cannot possibly resemble all these famous people — two of whom I’ve never even read. They’re just randomly selecting names. So I tried something different. While glancing around my desk, at Facebook, at a couple of websites I had open in tabs, and about the parlor in general, I simply typed whatever words caught my eye:

Donkey cat whistle black finale charming sugar brother charlie watch eraser earrings

The result? James Joyce.

HahAAhaaa

So much for thinking I’m a writer, ja? Pshh….

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Suzanne
14 March, 2011 9:58 am

Seems like I did that once, too, and got Dean Koontz. HA.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Whoa, I guess I wasn’t Koontzy enough to get Dean! Still…I think it’s a hoax. Don’t you?

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Suzanne Reply:

Oh no I took it seriously and am now attempting to write a weird horror novel set in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Here’s what I have so far….

Good, huh??

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Rat Fink Reply:

Smartapple.

Rae
Rae
14 March, 2011 6:55 pm

James Joyce would be fitting for that sentence. At least, that’s the sentence I hear when I read his stuff.

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Rat Fink Reply:

That mood of thine/Is his, if thou but scan it well,/Who a mad tale bequeaths to us/At ghosting hour conjurable –/And all for some strange name he read/In Purchas or in Holinshed.

Yep. :-)

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PKPudlin
14 March, 2011 8:40 pm

I couldn’t find the ‘I Write Like’ site, but I did find a ‘I Smell Like’ site. It was pretty embarrassing, gotta tell ya.

*sigh*

Happy Pi day
PK

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Rat Fink Reply:

And you are a nut. And I love you!

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Suzanne Reply:

HAAAA so what did you smell like? :)

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