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Offline JmBzTopic starter

Who do you write like?
« on: January 27, 2016, 12:48:03 PM »
The title says it all, really. There is a site called I Write Like, where you copy and paste text that you have written and see which authors' style your writing has the most resemblance to.

So, go on the site, paste some of your writing from here or elsewhere, and see who you write like.

For me, the most common results that I get from mine are H.P. Lovecraft, David Foster Wallace, and Anne Rice (which is kinda weird, imo, because I've never read any of her books 0_o)

I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong section...

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2016, 01:54:53 PM »
My result came up as James Joyce

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2016, 07:31:04 PM »
William Gibson and Arthur C. Clarke.

Offline Blythe

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2016, 07:37:49 PM »
Dan Brown, apparently.

I remember trying this a long time ago, but I don't think I got Dan Brown. Huh. My writing style must be changing.

Offline Cassandra LeMay

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2016, 03:48:49 AM »
It seems the posts I write for my system games, where I try to set the scene and advance the plot by (more or less) just telling things as they are, are closest to Arthur C. Clarke.

When I deal more with character interaction and the "actual roleplaying" the analysis comes up with Edgar Allan Poe instead.

Offline Valerian

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2016, 09:10:22 AM »
After testing six samples of my writing (some from stories here, some from my movie reviews), I've gotten Dan Brown, Stephen King, David Foster Wallace (twice), Cory Doctorow, and... wait for it... Mary Shelley.  ::)

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2016, 09:22:14 AM »
I too tried four pieces from four different stories here.

Isaac Asimov (twice)
Dan Brown

And here's where I was surprise:

William Shakespear.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2016, 01:17:11 PM »
Apparently...

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2016, 03:17:27 PM »
Out of samples from 12 different stories, I got: James Joyce, Chuck Palahniuk, William Gibson x2, Anne Rice x2, Cory Doctorow x2, Margaret Atwood, Gertrude Stein, Dan Brown x2

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2016, 04:42:50 PM »
Arthur Clarke x 5.
Really?  I've always seen him as a master of simile and metaphor, which I rarely use in my writing.  Perhaps it is a different facet of his style.

Dan Brown x 2.
Never read Dan Brown, either.

William Gibson.
This came from a science fiction short story I wrote.

Vladimir Nabokov.
From a fantasy story about elves.

Edgar Allen Poe.
It was a dark science fiction story the sample was from.

L. Frank Baum.
This was based on my first published short story.  I read almost all of the Wizard of Oz series, and I don't get this.

Douglas Adams.
Yes. Well, based on a significant chunk of the novel I am writing.

David Foster Wallace x 2.
A fantasy short and a modern slice-of-life short. Hm.

Jack London.
A counterfactual history short.

Anne Rice x 2.
Well, at least one sample was from a vampire story I took it from.  The other was modern-day erotic fiction.

H.P. Lovecraft.
From some Harry Potter fanfic I wrote here on E.


Best I can say is I have a broad style of writing.

Offline CaptainNexus616

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2016, 08:31:15 PM »
I got Dan Brown as well....this guy certainly is popping up a lot.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2016, 08:33:12 PM »
Interesting.  Anne Rice and Stephen King.  ;D

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2016, 08:52:27 PM »
I primarily tried it so many times hoping I would have one of my samples compared to Isaac Asimov, one of my favorites.  Sigh.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2016, 08:59:40 PM »
I analysed my last two posts I wrote with Formless in this story thread, and it said I write like James Joyce both times.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2016, 09:28:26 PM »
I tried a couple of posts from the same stories and they always came up the same, so mine must vary based on the story I think.

Offline Dhi

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2016, 01:41:04 PM »
Certainly coming as no surprise at all to anyone who knows me well, James Joyce.

How does one get H.P. Lovecraft? I'd like to see the post that gets that match, and then an 18th century dictionary with which to understand it.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2016, 02:46:58 PM »
I managed to get Lovecraft. 

The text that netted that result
Long have I slumbered.  It is the way of things, after all, that we wake, we tend to our duties, and sleep again.  Yes, even among my kind there is a time for rest.  It is not surprising that I, who woke first, would also be first to sleep.  Indeed, I had done so many times, slept and woke again as I was needed.  I was not the only one, of course, and as I slept, another would keep watch.  As we were many, there always seemed to be one who could step in.

But now, I have woken to a world that is eerily silent.  I do not hear Tharm in his workshop, or little Vala's laughter from the meadows.  I do not smell Kana's pot boiling on the fire, or the scent of green growing things in Neser's gardens. 

I am alone.

I have been alone before, although those days were long and long ago.  But even then, there had been sounds.  Smells.  Life.

The world I have awakened to shows no sign of even the faintest green.  The ground is dry and barren.  Dead grass crumbles under my feet, and the twisted skeletons of trees claw at the sky.  The water in the lakes is murky and brown, not reflecting the sky above.  Even the stones have died, breaking easily under my hands giant boulders reduced to a few palm-sized stones.

As the sun moves uncaringly across the sky, I feel a chill.  It will be night soon, and I have no food, no shelter if the land is this inhospitable during the day, there is little hope that it will improve under the cold light of the moon.  And while the boulders yield readily to my touch, the dry earth is unmoved by my frantic pounding. 

I wish that Tharm was here.  He would be able to turn these bits and pieces into something that would help.  I try to remember the times I stood in the doorway of his workshop, watching him craft some new toy or trinket.  He had blueprints for so many things something that would break this ground was all I needed for now.  With only my two hands to work with, I fumble with the bits of wood I had been able to pull from a scorched tree trunk.  What calamity had turned it into mostly ash and charcoal?  It certainly isn't feasible building material in any sense.

A stick.  A bit of charred wood.  A light.  Enough to see by as I sketch a pattern on another piece of wood.  Stones like so.  A crude axe to collect the dead trees faster, and a pick to help me make a den in the hard earth.

And all too soon night.  As I take shelter, with nothing but a flickering torch for light and heat, the world outside my hole takes on a hellish parody of life.  The restless shades of humanity growl and gibber in the darkness.  I hear other noises, too nothing wholesome, though.  Snarls, howls, hissing, scuttling the most innocuous sound is the squeaking of bats.  Everything else proclaims its triumph over life until the sun begins to rise.

In so much, the light is still my ally.  I hear the triumphant dead disintegrating under those purifying rays, leaving only bits and pieces behind.


And Arthur Clarke
With this snippet
Drowning.  The world has drowned, and I am drowning along with it.  Outside my door, I see the skeletons of trees, clawing towards a surface that may not even exist.  Supplies are limited.  No one could have expected this not in our world of peaceful advancement.  Five small houseplants and some grass are all that live in here besides me.  I have a fishing rod, but my hook floats free to the length of the line.  No chance of catching anything that way.  There is a bed here.  I could sleep until the inevitable.  Eventually hunger will claim me or madness.

But can I abandon hope so soon?  What if life has survived elsewhere?  This may not be the only house that was sealed against the flood.  Perhaps madness has already claimed me, to think that I could survive maybe even flourish.  The fact remains that I still breathe.  Defeat will not truly come until I am gasping on the floor.  I will need food and I will need tools.  Burrowing through the mud with my bare hands will only get me so far, but all I really need to do is get to some of those dead trees.  A few logs will give me enough materials to get some crude tools, and the tunnel I create to it could then be re-flooded to allow me to lure fish into an area where I can catch them.  Raw fish won't be that filling, but they will keep me going.

I can reach some dirt here by the door without leaving my air pocket.  I'll dig up as much as I can and use that to build an extension to my shelter.  Just a way to trap the air and something to keep my head above water.  That will make it easier to collect more dirt as I go.  Strange how I've gone from a world of stone, iron and glass to building with mere dirt.  Ah, but I can replace these crude walls later.  Make them more permanent.  The dirt can serve to create the space without having to waste too much energy or materials if I need to change it.
*****
I will need room to nurture my small plants into something more useful, though.  Far more space than I have in this small house.  A temporary cavern will have to suffice.  Something just large enough for a tree.  My crude tools will last long enough to let me construct sturdier ones, and I can use the stronger ones to hollow out a greenhouse of sorts.  My tiny plants will grow and provide me with oxygen and wood for making more tools maybe even structures.  Wood directly in contact with water wouldn't be sensible, but logs and planks could serve as scaffolding as I build something more substantial.

Something more substantial.  Yes.  Even under the weight of an ocean, I still have access to all the raw materials that we had when the world was above the waves.  There is no reason that I cannot recreate a glorious city down here!  Farms, storehouses, all the infrastructure that we had at our disposal before the cataclysm that destroyed Atlantis!
« Last Edit: January 29, 2016, 02:49:31 PM by Oniya »

Offline Dhi

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2016, 04:16:09 PM »
Granted it's in first person and a few of the sentences are front loaded in his freefalling, tractless sense of prose, but not a single squamous, ululating, or even cyclopean among these words.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2016, 10:22:43 PM »
My sample had nary an allusion to madness:

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Ric Stonebridge, as blokes went, was fairly happy in his own skin.  Dressing up wasn't something he felt he needed to do to be someone he wasn't.  All Hallow's Eve, though...that was something else.  He was all about having fun, when it was time to let loose and have fun.  If Anneliese was going to be there, then all the better!

He hadn't been able to escort her there--he'd had to finish some potions work that had more to do with his family curse than any coursework--but he knew his Gabi would understand.  And besides, he would be surprised when he arrived and saw what she'd gotten as a costume.

She would be surprised by his as well.  Being nothing even close to a player of musical instruments, he'd decked himself out in typical rocker style, complete with electric guitar--which he had managed to borrow from Bryn Addington.  At the moment, he had it strapped over his shoulder and against his back, but the spiked wristband kept poking him...how did anyone really wear one of the things on stage?  Then again, if he'd gone dressed as someone in his favorite band--The Red Hot Chili Peppers--either no one would have recognized him as wearing a costume at all...or he would have been thrown out of the place for exposing himself more than was acceptable.

He'd received Anne's note and found her fairly quickly, despite the numbers of people--it certainly paid to be tall when looking for someone, and it didn't hurt that his Anne was the loveliest girl in the place by far.  He came up behind her, placing his hands on her slender waist and hugging her warmly.  "A unicorn?  The purest of the pure--you're spot on with that, love."


Seems about as non-Lovecraftian as a segment can be.  At least, I don't consider references to The Red Hot Chili Peppers as very Lovecraftian.  Maybe some people do :P

Offline Dhi

Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2016, 10:50:54 PM »
It... contains the words family curse? I have no clue, the only time Lovecraft wrote about slender waists it was those of emaciated ghouls gibbering for flesh.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2016, 04:45:40 PM »
Maybe it knew I left out the shoggoth that was chaperoning them.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2016, 06:24:25 PM »
This is a really fun idea. ;P

I got;
Chuck Palahniuk
Cory Doctorow

I used several samples, just got those two mainly. I have no idea who they are. xD

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2016, 06:37:52 PM »
This is a really fun idea. ;P

I got;
Chuck Palahniuk
Cory Doctorow

I used several samples, just got those two mainly. I have no idea who they are. xD

Palahniuk wrote 'Fight Club'
Doctorow seems to be more on the YA side of things - had a best seller in 2008 with 'Little Brother'.

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2016, 06:42:40 PM »
Palahniuk wrote 'Fight Club'
Doctorow seems to be more on the YA side of things - had a best seller in 2008 with 'Little Brother'.

Ohh that's pretty cool.
Thanks for the info!

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Re: Who do you write like?
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2016, 12:39:56 AM »
Roughly in order, for four samples, I apparently write like Rudyard Kipling, David Foster Wallace, J. R. R. Tolkien and Anne Rice.

... at least I'm familiar with three of those. Although .. Anne Rice? Really?