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.
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