I write like... whom?

I write like... whom?
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A good friend directed me to a fun web site, I Write Like (iwl.me). I thought it would be fun to see how they analyzed my writing, so I’ve tried some different texts in its “analyzer” box.

I thought it would be fun — I found out it’s funny!

For instance, I put in the text of “When Margaret met Louis,” my imaginary visit with Robert Louis Stevenson — and (ta da!) it said I write like Robert Louis Stevenson. (Told you he was here.)

I put in my post “The Gift of Silence,” with a quotation from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mentioning Holmes and Watson in it — and  it said I write like Arthur Conan Doyle. (Whee!)

With that endorsement (?) in mind, I looked up a typed draft of Daisy MacDonald and Mike Hossa’s adventures late in my unfinished detective story. I plugged in that draft — and found out that I wrote like P.G. Wodehouse. I love Wodehouse’s witty banter, which I suppose my characters Daisy MacDonald and Mike Hossa are approaching in this scene.

Also, Wodehouse’s stories often feature damsels in distress; Daisy falls in a snowdrift in this scene. Wodehouse’s “heroes” often have trouble rescuing their troubled ladies, and Mike has trouble in this scene. So, OK, it’s like Wodehouse… but I’m glad I’m still working on this part.

After all, Daisy and Mike’s story is a detective story. Chapter 1, the discovery of the murder, was worth testing. The “analyzer” said I write like H.P. Lovecraft. One of the related titles shown after the author’s name (which I needed to check, in this instance) was “The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre.” Oh, fine… I write like someone I don’t think I would read!

Chapters 4 and 5 turn out to be rated as like P.G. Wodehouse, too.

Oh, Seriously!

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  • Ha, ha, it is a fun website. What a marvelous post!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks so much!

  • I tried it, Margaret. I made up a simple narrative about two strangers crossing paths in a park. It said I write like a king. Stephen King, of all people. Maybe I wrote too much.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Too much, Aquinas -- you? I doubt it! If you write like Stephen King, I write like P.G. Wodehouse. (Oops.)

  • I did it three times, once I was David Foster Wallace, the next time Stephen King and finally, Cory Doctorow.

    All men.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Hmmm... you must not have used a quilt-related post, right, Kathy?

  • I went back one more time and got Margaret Atwood with this which I made up on the spot, bound and determined to get a woman.
    I got Margaret Atwood. She would NOT be pleased.


    I love my boyfriend, he is the best boyfriend ever. He is so cute!

    All of my girlfriends love him also. Because he is so cute, he opens the car doors for me and is very gallant.

    When we dance, he leads of course. He always tells me I am beautiful and that he loves me.

    I put on lots of make up before we go out. I love being a girly girl!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    I got William Gibson and Leo Tolstoy, ha ha ha...
    I'm going to try passages from Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf and see what happens...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    This is a clever test. Even the names of the writers seemed to affect the results I got.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Oh, maybe she would be pleased after all. You know how we Margarets are!

  • Virginia Woolf (i used a section from Orlando) writes like Jane Austen!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Wow. Jane would be shocked!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Well, that was a passage from Orlando--there was a butler, and witty banter...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Hmmm.... witty banter, and it didn't come up writing like us? Oh well, we're new there!

  • First it is" I write like who," because the verb after it is implied.

    Second, somehow it said I write like Dan Brown but when I click on Books by, it came up with nothing.

    I know like who I write, but I am sure it is nobody in their database. Picking up various bits of legal and political writing (such as 4zen, Bernie Sanders, or jnorto on A Quark, as well as other sources) apparently all of it is science fiction , repeatedly Cory Doctorow and Dan Brown, no matter who wrote it.

    The only thing that checked out is when I substituted someone's else name for RL Stevenson in your RLS piece, it sill came up with RLS.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack -- especially for the name change in the RLS post. I'm glad the "analyzer" (analyst -- sigh) still thought it read like Louis himself.
    As for the headline, we'll have to disagree about the implied verb. Thanks for your concern.

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