Sunday, July 08, 2012

Who Do You Write Like?

by Donna K. Weaver

I'm a voracious reader and have been since I was a little girl. I love multiple genres and I can see now as I consider the titles of the books I devoured that that love began way back. Since we tend to do what we know, those authors must have impacted me my writing style.

Ever wondered who you write like? There's a fun website you can check out here. All you have to do is copy a paste a piece of your writing, and it well tell you who your style is like.

Go ahead. Do it. It'll only take a minute.

You done? Who do you write like?

When I first input my writing at this site a year or two ago, I did a section each from two different books. One was in first person and the other in third. I got two different results. For the first person, it was the same as the female later on in this post. Here's who the third person was:
Jo Rowling (source)

This time, I tried three different sections from the same book (first person narrative). Got three different writers:

Ray Bradbury (source)

Stephanie Meyer (source)
Stephen King (source)



Okay, on the bright side that's quite the wide assortment, wouldn't you say? And I confess to not having read a lot of Bradbury's stuff, so I can't say how much he could have influenced me.

But even if it really just shows a flaw in the software, it does beg an important question: does it really matter anyway who you write like as you work to find your personal style and voice?


Britney Gulbrandsen said...

Hahaha this just made me laugh. Funny stuff!

Goddess of Mintaka said...

Just to see what it would do, I put in TEN different pieces of my work...and got ten different authors, everyone from Margaret Mitchell and Ernest Hemmingway to Stephen King, Tolkien and Isaac Asimov. The styles between the pieces varied a little, but not THAT much, I thought. Maybe it just goes to show that we're not really like any one writer.

C. Michelle Jefferies said...

I can handle writing like Dan Brown. :) If only I can become as successful. :)