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Title: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on February 12, 2013, 12:57:24 AM
You can post a chunk of your work and this site will identify a famous author that you write like.

http://iwl.me/

I'm still trying to figure out how half the chapters of my completed fantasy novel were tagged with Jane Austen!
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on February 12, 2013, 01:29:54 AM
I copy/pasted my first chapter.

How the hell did I get Edgar Allen Poe?
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on February 12, 2013, 04:04:56 AM
I'd take E.A.Poe.  He wrote some great short stories.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 12, 2013, 04:39:29 AM
I've known about this for awhile,  it apparently works by analyzing such things as similar words (for example when I changed some names to Harry and Hermione in a selection I put in, it came up with Rowling while before it had come up with Joyce), among other things like number of words in sentences, the number of commas, semicolons, and whether the sentence is a direct speech or a quotation.

Anyway, I put in the two chapters I have in the Work To Be Critqued forum and I got Lovecraft for both, Lovecraft again for the first one by itself, Jonathan Swift for the second.   

Some of my other work came up with Margaret Atwood, Isaac Asmiov, William Gibson, Chuck Palahnik and the aforementioned James Joyce.   Though it seems my longer works come up Lovecraft almost all the time.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: ToffMyster on February 12, 2013, 04:37:47 PM
J.R.R Tolkien!! Well I'll be damned...
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on February 12, 2013, 08:47:09 PM
Everything I put in comes up with someone different - Tolkien, LeGuin, Gaiman, Harry Harrison, Anne Rice... and Gertrude Stein.  Huh?
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jian on February 13, 2013, 11:46:22 AM
I apparently write like Chuck Palahniuk. Now I'm obligated to read everything he's ever written and say he's an awesome writer.  :P

Gonna paste some of my other works where I changed up my writing.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jian on February 13, 2013, 11:51:10 AM
Hate to double post, but...

Pasted all of the works where I changed up my writing and I got these authors:

http://iwl.me/b/2b568272

http://iwl.me/b/8ccf5154

http://iwl.me/b/696f37bd

http://iwl.me/b/fe11a92f

http://iwl.me/b/cfe99843
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jeni on February 13, 2013, 01:12:15 PM
I had fun with this when someone else posted the link in another thread about a year ago - apparently I write like:

- Raymond Chandler
- Lovecraft
- Ursula LeGuin
- J K Rowling
- Arthur Clark

 :D
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Charlemagne on February 13, 2013, 06:49:58 PM
Apparently I write like Dan Brown and Cory Doctorow. Alright then.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Arry on February 13, 2013, 07:06:10 PM
I put a number of sections in. My main POV consistently got J. K. Rowling every single time.
My two other POVs did not. One got Dan Brown and Anne Rice (and J.K.Rowling), the other, what I think is my funnest POV got James Joyce ( a few times),  J.D. Salinger, Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare  :o .... no J.K.Rowling for that one.

The review I wrote got Mary Shelley.

Whatever the fluff all that means. Likely not much. :)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: blendyface on February 13, 2013, 08:11:17 PM
You can post a chunk of your work and this site will identify a famous author that you write like.

http://iwl.me/

I'm still trying to figure out how half the chapters of my completed fantasy novel were tagged with Jane Austen!

Depending on which story I use, I've gotten: Stephen King, Vladimir Nabokov, Dan Brown and H.P Lovecraft. Mr.Brown aside, that's nae bad...

edit: And Isaac Asimov? Never heard of him  :-X
edit2: YEEEEAAA. Just got David Foster Wallace for my most recent brainspew. Es muy excelente...
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Idlewilder on February 13, 2013, 08:14:22 PM
Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare 

Rather esteemed company there, Arry. So esteemed, I wouldn't have ever thought to see them in a sentence next to each other.  :D
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: xiagan on February 13, 2013, 08:34:02 PM
I guess they have a) a rather limited database of authors to compare with and b) not the option "your writing doesn't match any famous authors, sorry". ;)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Arry on February 13, 2013, 08:39:07 PM
Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare 

Rather esteemed company there, Arry. So esteemed, I wouldn't have ever thought to see them in a sentence next to each other.  :D
Ha! No kidding  ;D

I did find it interesting that the one POV consistently got the same answer ... with probably close to 10 tries
And that another POV never once got that answer, with almost as many tries. At least that means I must have some differences between the two.

"your writing doesn't match any famous authors, sorry". ;)
Maybe they default to J.K. Rowling for that ;)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: xiagan on February 13, 2013, 08:59:31 PM
I did find it interesting that the one POV consistently got the same answer ... with probably close to 10 tries
And that another POV never once got that answer, with almost as many tries. At least that means I must have some differences between the two.
That's probably the only value this thing has. ;)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Arry on February 13, 2013, 09:09:59 PM
I did find it interesting that the one POV consistently got the same answer ... with probably close to 10 tries
And that another POV never once got that answer, with almost as many tries. At least that means I must have some differences between the two.
That's probably the only value this thing has. ;)
Unless killing time counts as a value ... it's good for that too :)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 13, 2013, 09:19:42 PM
edit: And Isaac Asimov? Never heard of him  :-X

You're not serious, are you?

Anyway, as far as I know, the list of authors is basically this

Douglas Adams
Isaac Asimov
Mary Shelley
Margaret Atwood
Jane Austen
L. Frank Baum
Ray Bradbury
Dan Brown
Raymond Chandler
Lewis Carroll
James Fenimore Cooper
Daniel Defoe
Charles Dickens
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ian Fleming
Harry Harrison
Ernest Hemingway
James Joyce
Stephen King
Rudyard Kipling
Jack London
H. P. Lovecraft
Vladimir Nabokov
George Orwell
Chuck Palahniuk
Edgar Allan Poe
Mario Puzo
J. K. Rowling
J. D. Salinger
William Shakespeare
Iain Sinclair
Robert Louis Stevenson
Bram Stoker
Jonathan Swift
J. R. R. Tolkien
David Foster Wallace
Leo Tolstoy
Mark Twain
Kurt Vonnegut
Cory Doctorow
H. G. Wells
Oscar Wilde
PG Wodehouse
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Arry on February 13, 2013, 09:26:59 PM
I know I got Mary Shelley once.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 13, 2013, 09:54:04 PM
I know I got Mary Shelley once.

Ah quite right,  edited to reflect that


On topic, an old story of mine got David Foster Wallace
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Idlewilder on February 13, 2013, 10:17:17 PM
I know I got Mary Shelley once.

Ah quite right,  edited to reflect that


On topic, an old story of mine got David Foster Wallace

That's who I got - 3 times with 3 pieces.  ???
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on February 13, 2013, 11:47:38 PM
The mention of Raymond Chandler in an earlier post made me think to try one of my stories written in pastiche of noir detective fiction about Greek mythology.  Apparently, that was like James Joyce.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on February 13, 2013, 11:55:23 PM
I'm taking my crime fiction as Dupin-esque. 8)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on February 14, 2013, 02:18:42 AM
I apparently write like Chuck Palahniuk. Now I'm obligated to read everything he's ever written and say he's an awesome writer.  :P

Gonna paste some of my other works where I changed up my writing.

Much of it is strictly adult.  It could seriously be traumatizing.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 14, 2013, 02:45:21 AM
I apparently write like Chuck Palahniuk. Now I'm obligated to read everything he's ever written and say he's an awesome writer.  :P

Gonna paste some of my other works where I changed up my writing.

Much of it is strictly adult.  It could seriously be traumatizing.

Seriously Jian, I mean do what you want, but I'd suggest avoiding it for now.   I mean some of this guy's writings has literally made people faint when it was read to them.   
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: pornokitsch on February 14, 2013, 07:04:26 AM
Seriously Jian, I mean do what you want, but I'd suggest avoiding it for now.   I mean some of this guy's writings has literally made people faint when it was read to them.   

And vomit!

(Not me, but I was there for it... ick.)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jian on February 14, 2013, 09:07:16 AM
You can post a chunk of your work and this site will identify a famous author that you write like.

http://iwl.me/

I'm still trying to figure out how half the chapters of my completed fantasy novel were tagged with Jane Austen!

Depending on which story I use, I've gotten: Stephen King, Vladimir Nabokov, Dan Brown and H.P Lovecraft. Mr.Brown aside, that's nae bad...

edit: And Isaac Asimov? Never heard of him  :-X
edit2: YEEEEAAA. Just got David Foster Wallace for my most recent brainspew. Es muy excelente...

Oh, cool. My mom and I also got David Foster Wallace. And I started pasting my blog posts - I get H.P. Lovecraft, Cory Doctorow, and William Gibson, depending on how I wrote it.

Seriously Jian, I mean do what you want, but I'd suggest avoiding it for now.   I mean some of this guy's writings has literally made people faint when it was read to them.   

And vomit!

(Not me, but I was there for it... ick.)

Yikes, sounds brutal. I actually already read about two hundred pages into Lullaby, but I'll put it off for now, based on those words.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: pornokitsch on February 14, 2013, 10:53:18 AM
Yikes, sounds brutal. I actually already read about two hundred pages into Lullaby, but I'll put it off for now, based on those words.

He's actually very good - I think he's driven himself to get a little edgier with time. But his earlier stuff like Fight Club, or some of his essays - fantastic reads.

My blog posts have gotten everything from Chandler to (shudder) James Fenimore Cooper. I'd love to know how the algorithm works, as I'm starting to think it is just random.

(Although I did copy in an extract from an epic fantasy book I just read & disliked, and it came back as Dan Brown, which made me feel smug.)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jian on February 14, 2013, 12:26:26 PM
Yikes, sounds brutal. I actually already read about two hundred pages into Lullaby, but I'll put it off for now, based on those words.

He's actually very good - I think he's driven himself to get a little edgier with time. But his earlier stuff like Fight Club, or some of his essays - fantastic reads.

My blog posts have gotten everything from Chandler to (shudder) James Fenimore Cooper. I'd love to know how the algorithm works, as I'm starting to think it is just random.

(Although I did copy in an extract from an epic fantasy book I just read & disliked, and it came back as Dan Brown, which made me feel smug.)

Hey, I got two Dan Browns.  >:(

Just kidding. I actually have never read any of Dan Brown's books. So I don't know if he's even good or not.

For my Tv show review of Smash, I got Margaret Atwood. I asked my mom what books she wrote, and she's a "Chick Lit" author, apparently... Did anyone else get Wilde?

A friend of mine got James Joyce and Edgar Allan Poe, and from what I read of his excerpt, it seemed very Poe-ish. So, I don't think it's too random.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Idlewilder on February 14, 2013, 12:33:58 PM

Just kidding. I actually have never read any of Dan Brown's books. So I don't know if he's even good or not.


Erm...heard of The Da Vinci Code perhaps?
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jian on February 14, 2013, 01:01:10 PM

Just kidding. I actually have never read any of Dan Brown's books. So I don't know if he's even good or not.


Erm...heard of The Da Vinci Code perhaps?

Yeah. I watched the movie, and I was going to read the book, but I couldn't find my sister's copy. It still doesn't mean he's a great or average or bad writer because he has a movie, though. I think my Mom has the eBook, so I may give it a try once I'm done with my current TBR list.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 14, 2013, 01:14:02 PM
My blog posts have gotten everything from Chandler to (shudder) James Fenimore Cooper. I'd love to know how the algorithm works, as I'm starting to think it is just random.

I've known about this for awhile,  it apparently works by analyzing such things as similar words (for example when I changed some names to Harry and Hermione in a selection I put in, it came up with Rowling while before it had come up with Joyce), among other things like number of words in sentences, the number of commas, semicolons, and whether the sentence is a direct speech or a quotation.


Cory Doctorow tends to pop up a lot for blog posts, which makes sense when one considers it.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on February 14, 2013, 01:14:47 PM
My first Dan Brown venture was one of his lesser known books if I'm getting the author right. It's about a cyber attack on the Pentagon and US government. Really good book. Need to reread it.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 14, 2013, 01:49:11 PM
Dan Brown's alright,  my main beef with him is his tendency to boast about how historically accurate his novels are when they clearly aren't.    Case in point, the title of The Da Vinci Code.   However if you ignore that,  his books are decent for formulaic airport novels. 
Title: Who do you write like?
Post by: shep5377 on February 14, 2013, 02:41:22 PM
My first Dan Brown venture was one of his lesser known books if I'm getting the author right. It's about a cyber attack on the Pentagon and US government. Really good book. Need to reread it.

Digital Fortress? Yeah that was him.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on February 14, 2013, 06:31:52 PM
Dan Brown's alright,  my main beef with him is his tendency to boast about how historically accurate his novels are when they clearly aren't.    Case in point, the title of The Da Vinci Code.   However if you ignore that,  his books are decent for formulaic airport novels.

I've only ever seen the film of The Da Vinci Code, so I've no idea how many of the errors Dan Brown was responsible for, but the history in that was total crap.  And I'm not even talking about the controversial bits - they didn't even seem to know when the crusades took place.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on February 14, 2013, 06:42:53 PM
Dan Brown's alright,  my main beef with him is his tendency to boast about how historically accurate his novels are when they clearly aren't.    Case in point, the title of The Da Vinci Code.   However if you ignore that,  his books are decent for formulaic airport novels.

I've only ever seen the film of The Da Vinci Code, so I've no idea how many of the errors Dan Brown was responsible for, but the history in that was total crap.  And I'm not even talking about the controversial bits - they didn't even seem to know when the crusades took place.

This covers most of his mistakes, historical or otherwise http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DanBrowned/DanBrown


On topic


Curious, I put in some bits of Lovecraft, Shelley, Poe and Wilde to see if they matched up

Lovecraft, Wilde and Shelley matched but Poe got Lovecraft,  (the poetry sample I used for Poe ended up as Nabokov oddly enough)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 14, 2013, 08:49:21 PM
Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare 

Rather esteemed company there, Arry. So esteemed, I wouldn't have ever thought to see them in a sentence next to each other.  :D

You never read the Sandmen re-imaginings of Tempest or Midsummer Night's Dream?
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Idlewilder on February 14, 2013, 08:56:55 PM
Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare 

Rather esteemed company there, Arry. So esteemed, I wouldn't have ever thought to see them in a sentence next to each other.  :D

You never read the Sandmen re-imaginings of Tempest or Midsummer Night's Dream?

You know I haven't.  ;)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 14, 2013, 09:06:11 PM
Also Dan Brown is just in it for the moolah now; his last book was absolute garbage. 
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: pornokitsch on February 14, 2013, 10:30:10 PM
For my Tv show review of Smash, I got Margaret Atwood. I asked my mom what books she wrote, and she's a "Chick Lit" author, apparently... Did anyone else get Wilde?

Er... no. Margaret Atwood is not chick lit.

She's a literary writer who occasionally (reluctantly) dabbles in SF (she won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood

Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Elfy on February 15, 2013, 03:36:37 AM
For my Tv show review of Smash, I got Margaret Atwood. I asked my mom what books she wrote, and she's a "Chick Lit" author, apparently... Did anyone else get Wilde?

Er... no. Margaret Atwood is not chick lit.

She's a literary writer who occasionally (reluctantly) dabbles in SF (she won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood
I've always got the impression from what I've heard about interviews with Margaret Atwood if you accuse her of writing SF she'll hurt you. I wonder if she's really K.J Parker.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on February 15, 2013, 03:38:45 AM
My first Dan Brown venture was one of his lesser known books if I'm getting the author right. It's about a cyber attack on the Pentagon and US government. Really good book. Need to reread it.

Digital Fortress? Yeah that was him.

Yeah. Read it about four years ago. Don't know if it's still to my tastes, though.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on February 15, 2013, 03:54:15 AM
I cracked open pride and prejudice, and Austen had semicolons all over the pages.  I wonder if my much less frequent use of semicolons are getting me id'ed as Austen.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: pornokitsch on February 15, 2013, 05:20:23 PM
I've always got the impression from what I've heard about interviews with Margaret Atwood if you accuse her of writing SF she'll hurt you. I wonder if she's really K.J Parker.

Yeah, she's now... recanted that. Mostly because everyone was referring to Handmaid as SF anyway. But she's now written a book about SF and was really involved in the SF exhibit at the British Library. So we can forgive her.

Maybe.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: NinjaRaptor on February 17, 2013, 10:59:39 AM
I've played with the "I Write Like" program before, and I almost always get Rudyard Kipling. However, I suspect that's because a lot of my stories take place in exotic jungle or savanna settings, so the program automatically thinks The Jungle Book.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Sean Cunningham on February 23, 2013, 10:27:11 PM
James Joyce?

I studied engineering at university and have worked in IT for my professional career, so I'm not too familiar with famous authors outside science fiction and fantasy, but I have the nasty feeling James Joyce is famous for writing something nearly impossible to read.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Charlemagne on February 23, 2013, 11:43:42 PM
James Joyce?

I studied engineering at university and have worked in IT for my professional career, so I'm not too familiar with famous authors outside science fiction and fantasy, but I have the nasty feeling James Joyce is famous for writing something nearly impossible to read.

Yup. He practically pioneered the "stream of consciousness" way of writing, which is very difficult to read. On the other hand, he is also famous for being one of the most beautiful authors in terms of prose of all time. So a bit of a mixed bag here. At least you weren't William Faulkner.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on February 24, 2013, 06:44:40 AM
James Joyce?

I studied engineering at university and have worked in IT for my professional career, so I'm not too familiar with famous authors outside science fiction and fantasy, but I have the nasty feeling James Joyce is famous for writing something nearly impossible to read.

Finnegan's Wake is the book (almost) no one has finished reading.  His short stories are highly regarded . . . by even normal folks.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Sean Cunningham on February 24, 2013, 12:56:44 PM
So that could go either way then. 8)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Lor on February 24, 2013, 03:06:20 PM
James Joyce?

I studied engineering at university and have worked in IT for my professional career, so I'm not too familiar with famous authors outside science fiction and fantasy, but I have the nasty feeling James Joyce is famous for writing something nearly impossible to read.

I think it genuinely depends on your tolerance to older texts, as those tend to be the ones written in long-winded, flowery prose. As someone who loves this sort of thing, I would say it is definitely worth the effort; the Canterbury Tales is my favourite book of all time, and I've read the likes of The Divine Comedy, Ulysses, and the monolith that is the Genji Monogatari. They can be hard at times, but are so worth the effort.

That all being said, I did struggle with Finnegan's Wake, I will give it another go in the future though. I was enjoying it, but life got in the way of me dedicating time to it. Apparently I have Irish blood, that might have something to do with it :D

If you want to read this sort of thing, I'd recommend te Canterbury Tales as a good way in; they're very well told, ad often highly amusing.



I also do resent the implication that liking these sorts of things makes me a freak. I'm not saying I'm better or smarter than anyone for having read them, but I shouldn't be marginalised because of my tastes.

Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jian on February 24, 2013, 04:58:53 PM
James Joyce?

I studied engineering at university and have worked in IT for my professional career, so I'm not too familiar with famous authors outside science fiction and fantasy, but I have the nasty feeling James Joyce is famous for writing something nearly impossible to read.

I think it genuinely depends on your tolerance to older texts, as those tend to be the ones written in long-winded, flowery prose. As someone who loves this sort of thing, I would say it is definitely worth the effort; the Canterbury Tales is my favourite book of all time, and I've read the likes of The Divine Comedy, Ulysses, and the monolith that is the Genji Monogatari. They can be hard at times, but are so worth the effort.

That all being said, I did struggle with Finnegan's Wake, I will give it another go in the future though. I was enjoying it, but life got in the way of me dedicating time to it. Apparently I have Irish blood, that might have something to do with it :D

If you want to read this sort of thing, I'd recommend te Canterbury Tales as a good way in; they're very well told, ad often highly amusing.



I also do resent the implication that liking these sorts of things makes me a freak. I'm not saying I'm better or smarter than anyone for having read them, but I shouldn't be marginalised because of my tastes.

It doesn't really make you a freak. It just means you have different tastes as others.

It's also pretty fun when you meet a polar opposite in your tastes. It's like meeting the Evil Superman. Not implying that Pornokitsch is the equivalent of that, but... if the shoe fits...  ::)

Just kidding, of course!
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Lor on February 24, 2013, 06:03:45 PM
Jian, sweet, you seemed to have missed my point; I wasn't saying I am a freak for liking those sorts of books, I was saying there was an insinuation made in this thread that people like myself who hold the likes of Joyce in high regard are freaks, that's what I was objecting to.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on February 24, 2013, 06:06:45 PM
James Joyce?

I studied engineering at university and have worked in IT for my professional career, so I'm not too familiar with famous authors outside science fiction and fantasy, but I have the nasty feeling James Joyce is famous for writing something nearly impossible to read.

I think it genuinely depends on your tolerance to older texts, as those tend to be the ones written in long-winded, flowery prose. As someone who loves this sort of thing, I would say it is definitely worth the effort; the Canterbury Tales is my favourite book of all time, and I've read the likes of The Divine Comedy, Ulysses, and the monolith that is the Genji Monogatari. They can be hard at times, but are so worth the effort.

That all being said, I did struggle with Finnegan's Wake, I will give it another go in the future though. I was enjoying it, but life got in the way of me dedicating time to it. Apparently I have Irish blood, that might have something to do with it :D

If you want to read this sort of thing, I'd recommend te Canterbury Tales as a good way in; they're very well told, ad often highly amusing.



I also do resent the implication that liking these sorts of things makes me a freak. I'm not saying I'm better or smarter than anyone for having read them, but I shouldn't be marginalised because of my tastes.

I completely agree - a lot of people miss out on some great books because they're not written in the current fashionable style.  Not that the current style isn't a good one, but it's not the only way to write a good book.  Chrétien de Troyes, Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Icelandic Sagas and Wu Cheng-En's Monkey are others that are well worth the effort.

I have to admit I never finished Finnegans Wake (note the lack of apostrophe - that's supposed to be significant) but I enjoyed what I read.  I just stopped for a rest and never went back to it.  Must do someday.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Autumn2May on February 24, 2013, 06:32:27 PM
Jian, sweet, you seemed to have missed my point; I wasn't saying I am a freak for liking those sorts of books, I was saying there was an insinuation made in this thread that people like myself who hold the likes of Joyce in high regard are freaks, that's what I was objecting to.

I think what he meant was people who don't read fantasy and sci-fi ("the normals") have trouble with it too. Not that people who read Joyce aren't normal. :) It was more a hit on people who don't read genre than people who do. And I'm pretty sure it was a joke. :)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Lor on February 24, 2013, 06:36:48 PM
Jian, sweet, you seemed to have missed my point; I wasn't saying I am a freak for liking those sorts of books, I was saying there was an insinuation made in this thread that people like myself who hold the likes of Joyce in high regard are freaks, that's what I was objecting to.

I think what he meant was people who don't read fantasy and sci-fi ("the normals") have trouble with it too. Not that people who read Joyce aren't normal. :) It was more a hit on people who don't read genre than people who do. And I'm pretty sure it was a joke. :)

So how come Jef making offensive comments gets brushed off as a joke, but is questioning his opinion gets us told off? I'm sorry, but that is really not fair.

Furthermore, you're agreeing with him is really condescending; people who read sci fi and fantasy ARE normal, people saying they are not is just not on.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Autumn2May on February 24, 2013, 06:45:32 PM
Jian, sweet, you seemed to have missed my point; I wasn't saying I am a freak for liking those sorts of books, I was saying there was an insinuation made in this thread that people like myself who hold the likes of Joyce in high regard are freaks, that's what I was objecting to.

I think what he meant was people who don't read fantasy and sci-fi ("the normals") have trouble with it too. Not that people who read Joyce aren't normal. :) It was more a hit on people who don't read genre than people who do. And I'm pretty sure it was a joke. :)

So how come Jef making offensive comments gets brushed off as a joke, but is questioning his opinion gets us told off? I'm sorry, but that is really not fair.

Calling people who read mainstream lit instead of genre lit "normals" is an in-joke that multiple people make on this forum and all over the internet. It's part of the culture, and not meant as an insult in anyway. However if you have a problem with this or anything else anyone posts, please PM a mod to discuss it privately rather than derailing threads and we will take care of it.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Lor on February 24, 2013, 06:55:49 PM

I just think seperatig groups like that, even as an in-joke, does not help the situation in the slightest. Why marginalize people who get enough stick for their interests even further?

Also, as for who I write like, I didn't bother. I would get too hung up on making my work different and not concentrating what is actually important, like getting the damn stuff written!
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: pornokitsch on February 24, 2013, 07:47:20 PM
It's also pretty fun when you meet a polar opposite in your tastes. It's like meeting the Evil Superman. Not implying that Pornokitsch is the equivalent of that, but... if the shoe fits...  ::)


Waves kryptonite in Jian's direction
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on February 25, 2013, 05:14:41 AM
This is from my computer's dictionary: "normal: 1 conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected."
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 28, 2013, 10:39:11 PM
James Joyce is regarded by many to the greatest writer of the 20th century, so if your style is being compared to him it is a MASSIVE compliment.  But considering he was writing using Dublin slang of the early 20th century, used advertising jingles from the time to illustrate his characters' stream of consciousness and often describe bodily functions in quite frank detail, I wonder what on earth you have been writing!

And I think even if Ulysses or Finnegans Wake is a bit ambitious, try Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the best bildungsromans I have ever read.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Funky Scarecrow on February 28, 2013, 11:01:24 PM
I just input my Fantasy Faction Anthology submission from last year, an old story I've left lurking around online and a novelette which will never see the light of day for a giggle. According to its algorithm I write like David Foster Wallace, Mark Twain and Cory Doctorow respectively. High praise indeed, even if it's only from a computer program incapable of genuine textual analysis or aesthetic judgement.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jeni on March 01, 2013, 12:05:15 AM

And I think even if Ulysses or Finnegans Wake is a bit ambitious, try Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the best bildungsromans I have ever read.

I had to read Portrait of the Artist etc. for Uni. I remember quite liking it. Apart from that, I remember absolutely nothing. Not even the name of the main character.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nighteyes on March 01, 2013, 12:11:30 AM

And I think even if Ulysses or Finnegans Wake is a bit ambitious, try Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the best bildungsromans I have ever read.

I had to read Portrait of the Artist etc. for Uni. I remember quite liking it. Apart from that, I remember absolutely nothing. Not even the name of the main character.

Stephen Dedalus - the alter ego of James Joyce.  Recurs in Ulysses.   The surname is significant - Dedalus is a master craftsman who created wings for him and his son, Icarus, to fly. 
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jeni on March 01, 2013, 12:59:07 AM

And I think even if Ulysses or Finnegans Wake is a bit ambitious, try Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the best bildungsromans I have ever read.

I had to read Portrait of the Artist etc. for Uni. I remember quite liking it. Apart from that, I remember absolutely nothing. Not even the name of the main character.

Stephen Dedalus - the alter ego of James Joyce.  Recurs in Ulysses.   The surname is significant - Dedalus is a master craftsman who created wings for him and his son, Icarus, to fly.

Ah yes, The name Stephen Dedalus is familiar - as is the Dedalus myth, I think - weren't the wings held together with wax which melted as Dedalus flew too close to the sun?

I just had a quick google to see how much of the story was familiar, but I really don't remember much of it at all. I shall have to re-read it methinks.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: epicfantasyfreak on March 19, 2013, 10:03:52 AM
I put in the first section of my novel and got Arthur C. Clarke...

Interesting idea.  A nice way to waste a few seconds.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: FlemmingHansen on March 29, 2013, 08:50:39 PM
Margaret Atwood (First try)
Tried again and got Douglas Adams. I can live with that.  :P
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on March 30, 2013, 02:21:20 AM
Margaret Atwood (First try)
Tried again and got Douglas Adams. I can live with that.  :P

Purty good company!
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: AuthorSAHunt on April 13, 2013, 09:16:21 PM
The last time I did this, I got Mark Twain. Let's try my latest work.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: AuthorSAHunt on April 13, 2013, 09:17:53 PM
Hmmm, the latest chapter in Whirlwind's sequel gets me a William Gibson rating. Interesting.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Malik on April 14, 2013, 05:17:36 AM
It says Jack London.

I can live with that.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: EricaDakin on April 14, 2013, 08:55:31 AM
I get Harry Harrison.

Am I supposed to know who he is?  :o

Second sample gets me JK Rowling...

Then I put in one of my reviews and I got Lewis Carroll!

Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Tenfingers on April 14, 2013, 08:30:44 PM
Chuck Palahniuk, apparently. Can't complain!
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JonRock411 on April 15, 2013, 06:21:29 AM
I get Harry Harrison.

Am I supposed to know who he is?  :o

Second sample gets me JK Rowling...

Then I put in one of my reviews and I got Lewis Carroll!

Harry Harrison was a science-fiction writer known for his humorous works like the Stainless Steel Rat and Bill The Galactic Hero.  He also wrote the story Make Room, Make Room which was very loosely adapted into Soylent Green

My current work has gotten Kurt Vonnegut every single time.  That's...interesting to say the least.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: tenlegdragon on May 19, 2013, 12:00:36 AM
Novel 1 - about the werewolf -         Cory Doctorow
Novel 2 - fanfic on TVD -                 Rudyard Kipling
Novel 3 - sci-fi action -                    William Gibson

Never heard about Doctorow or Gibson but I'm taking Kipling as a compliment.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Jeni on May 19, 2013, 12:19:51 AM
Novel 1 - about the werewolf -         Cory Doctorow
Novel 2 - fanfic on TVD -                 Rudyard Kipling
Novel 3 - sci-fi action -                    William Gibson

Never heard about Doctorow or Gibson but I'm taking Kipling as a compliment.

Gibson and Doctorow are both award-winning sci-fi authors.  :)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: tenlegdragon on May 19, 2013, 12:31:29 AM
Novel 1 - about the werewolf -         Cory Doctorow
Novel 2 - fanfic on TVD -                 Rudyard Kipling
Novel 3 - sci-fi action -                    William Gibson

Never heard about Doctorow or Gibson but I'm taking Kipling as a compliment.

Gibson and Doctorow are both award-winning sci-fi authors.  :)

YAY!!!!!! Thanks!!!!! This bodes well 8)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Yuan François on July 08, 2013, 05:36:27 AM
http://iwl.me/b/a19b4b4
Arthur Clarke.
Im so ignorant. I had to google the name to figure out who it was.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 17, 2015, 05:13:37 AM
Close to Easter, so I thought, time to start resurrecting the dead threads!

Too soon? No matter. For those who don't want to hit the back button so many times, here's the link: http://iwl.me/

Got a good bit of fun out of it years ago, so I thought, "Why not with a new crowd?" Analyzed my latest short, the one I previously posted in the Writing Contest, and came out with Raymond Chandler. Don't mind if I do. Now time to try some newer works and come back in due time. Or hide if this simply blows over. Hopefully not the latter.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Henry Dale on March 17, 2015, 06:46:23 AM
The couple of people going through my work for the first time now compare me to Ursula Le Guin. A light and accessible writing style in a unique fashion.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JMack on March 17, 2015, 10:55:45 AM
I'm not sure at all who I write like, really. Five stories on F-F and some many aborted starts doesn't tell me much. Especially since the story contest encourages, for me, trying on different voices.

I think I'm aiming for CJ Cherryh or Lois McMaster Bujold. Very different writers, but ones I feel I have a shot at emulating. A mix of modern and classic feel, great characterization, exciting action, deep emotion.

At the moment, I ain't even in the ball park.   :P
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Raptori on March 17, 2015, 11:04:33 AM
I'm not sure at all who I write like, really. Five stories on F-F and some many aborted starts doesn't tell me much. Especially since the story contest encourages, for me, trying on different voices.

I think I'm aiming for CJ Cherryh or Lois McMaster Bujold. Very different writers, but ones I feel I have a shot at emulating. A mix of modern and classic feel, great characterization, exciting action, deep emotion.

At the moment, I ain't even in the ball park.   :P
I haven't read either of those  ;D

Definitely agree that the writing contest is great for trying out different things - for example, our Rogues entry was chosen in part because we wanted to practice writing some dialogue.

No idea who we sound like  (or will sound like), definitely needs a bit more before you can tell. Even then you probably can't work it out for yourself, it's something that other people are probably more able to see. I think I'd like to emulate Hobb (for characterisation and general quality) and Pullman (for understated lyricism where you can read the book without noticing the writing, then read it again and wonder how you missed the beauty). Sounds doable...  8)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nora on March 17, 2015, 11:04:54 AM
I'm not sure at all who I write like, really. Five stories on F-F and some many aborted starts doesn't tell me much. Especially since the story contest encourages, for me, trying on different voices.

I think I'm aiming for CJ Cherryh or Lois McMaster Bujold. Very different writers, but ones I feel I have a shot at emulating. A mix of modern and classic feel, great characterization, exciting action, deep emotion.

At the moment, I ain't even in the ball park.   :P

Try your text on this website : it'll analyze your work and say who you're supposedly writing like.

http://iwl.me

On my normal main work it told me Douglas Adams (and that's ok)
But I posted the short I just added to the March contest it told me I write like STEPHENIE MEYER and I'll be hanging off a beam, if you're looking for me.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Raptori on March 17, 2015, 11:12:09 AM
I'm not sure at all who I write like, really. Five stories on F-F and some many aborted starts doesn't tell me much. Especially since the story contest encourages, for me, trying on different voices.

I think I'm aiming for CJ Cherryh or Lois McMaster Bujold. Very different writers, but ones I feel I have a shot at emulating. A mix of modern and classic feel, great characterization, exciting action, deep emotion.

At the moment, I ain't even in the ball park.   :P

Try your text on this website : it'll analyze your work and say who you're supposedly writing like.

http://iwl.me (http://iwl.me)

On my normal main work it told me Douglas Adams (and that's ok)
But I posted the short I just added to the March contest it told me I write like STEPHENIE MEYER and I'll be hanging off a beam, if you're looking for me.
Awesome site. Let's see...

Current first scene of novel: Dan Brown
Scene sketch for start of different novel: Ray Bradbury
Sorry, Kid! (Rogues): J.D. Salinger
Choices (Fanfic - Sanderson): Rudyard Kipling (lol)
CU42 (Sci-Fi): Isaac Asimov
Beneath The Stars (Religion): Arthur Clarke

Those last two make me happy  ;D
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JMack on March 17, 2015, 11:13:07 AM
I'm not sure at all who I write like, really. Five stories on F-F and some many aborted starts doesn't tell me much. Especially since the story contest encourages, for me, trying on different voices.

I think I'm aiming for CJ Cherryh or Lois McMaster Bujold. Very different writers, but ones I feel I have a shot at emulating. A mix of modern and classic feel, great characterization, exciting action, deep emotion.

At the moment, I ain't even in the ball park.   :P

Try your text on this website : it'll analyze your work and say who you're supposedly writing like.

http://iwl.me

On my normal main work it told me Douglas Adams (and that's ok)
But I posted the short I just added to the March contest it told me I write like STEPHENIE MEYER and I'll be hanging off a beam, if you're looking for me.
Yes, but you'd be a rich corpse.  ;)

Meanwhile, when I paste my Rogues story into the analyzer, it says I write like Jane Austen.  ;D
And my Religion month story says I write like Dan Brown.  :P
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Henry Dale on March 17, 2015, 11:25:31 AM
Jonathan Swift here according to that site. That's ok I guess.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: JMack on March 17, 2015, 12:07:41 PM
It's mainly looking at content and words, rather than style.
But it is fun.  :)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Raptori on March 17, 2015, 12:13:31 PM
It's mainly looking at content and words, rather than style.
But it is fun.  :)
Yeah I wonder how it compares them. Sentence & paragraph average length & variance, maybe combined with word choice?  :-\
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Yora on March 17, 2015, 01:26:04 PM
I think it also uses only the first couple of lines you enter. If the first paragraph is the same, the rest you enter doesn't change it. Take a big text and change the begining, you get a different result.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Henry Dale on March 17, 2015, 01:37:46 PM
Entered a patch of random letters of total gibberish. Ernest Hemingway anyone  :P
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Arry on March 17, 2015, 01:55:51 PM
I put a number of sections in. My main POV consistently got J. K. Rowling every single time.
My two other POVs did not. One got Dan Brown and Anne Rice (and J.K.Rowling), the other, what I think is my funnest POV got James Joyce ( a few times),  J.D. Salinger, Neil Gaiman and William Shakespeare  :o .... no J.K.Rowling for that one.

The review I wrote got Mary Shelley.

Whatever the fluff all that means. Likely not much. :)

I put something more recent in (that has a bit different feel to it than my other ramblings) and got Kurt Vonnegut. Still convinced it means nothing, but is a fun waste of a couple minutes. :)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 17, 2015, 02:45:33 PM
Tried out a few more while I have a minute:

Prologue to a novel: Neil Gaiman
Epilogue to said novel: David Foster Wallace
Prologue to another novel: James Joyce
Last written chapter of a serialization: Harry Harrison
Religion short story: Dan Brown.  :-\ (I'm thinking religious connotations and hopefully leave it at that.)

I think I'll stick to my latest Chandler if that's alright with you.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on March 17, 2015, 03:09:19 PM
It seems I did a good job with my fan fiction contest submission, since based on that I write like J. R. R. Tolkien.  ;D
You can't take that away from me by saying that the IWL-analyzer only looks for similar words.  >:(
Or maybe you can.

For my science fiction contest submission: William Gibson
Sadly, I don't think I have read any of his books.  :-\
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on March 17, 2015, 05:06:23 PM
Yeeeessss, well....

I put in the first couple of pages of my current story, which is a kind of noir gaslight fantasy, and it told me I write like Margaret Mitchell. Underlines my general opinion of programs like that. There was one floating around a while back that was supposed to tell you if any passage had been written by a man or woman. I put in two scenes of my own - the one between two male characters was written by a man, the one between two females was written by a woman.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Saraband on March 17, 2015, 05:23:00 PM
I tried it with a few passages from my WIP, and some of my submissions for the Writing Contest. Arthur Clarke appeared a few times - and, shame on me, he's been in my TBR pile ever since I watched Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey , but I never read a single word from any of his works  :(

Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on March 18, 2015, 02:17:30 AM
since this thread resurfaced, I thought I'd try a piece from a more recent book.  I got Tolkien, though I don't know how - - it's all written first person for one thing.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Roxxsmom on March 20, 2015, 05:45:35 AM
I think this article sums up how, um, accurate this website is. When famous writers who are in their database don't even write like themselves....

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2010/jul/15/i-write-like-margaret-atwood (http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2010/jul/15/i-write-like-margaret-atwood)

 :o

Amazing how fun it is to play with anyway. Says the first chapter of the fantasy novel I'm querying is written like William Gibson.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Conan on March 24, 2015, 10:15:38 PM
I write like...4 samples from my novel.

1...Daniel Defoe
2...Anne Rice
3.. Ursula K. Le Guin
4...Dan Brown

?

Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Justan Henner on March 25, 2015, 01:19:12 AM
Apparently I write erotica (How did they know!). My religion submission for December's contest gave me Anne Rice.

The first chapter of my first book came back with Dan Brown. The very next came back with P.G. Wodehouse, never heard of him, but there's really not much comedy in that particular chapter, so I'm not sure about that haha. My proudest is a chapter which came back with Tolstoy. I think. It might be calling my writing archaic, in which case I might need to demand satisfaction (Perhaps in the form of said erotica).
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: ScarletBea on March 25, 2015, 12:41:49 PM
Apparently I write erotica (How did they know!). My religion submission for December's contest gave me Anne Rice.

I hope you're not linking the 2!
Anne Rice is much better known (and I assume that's the result) for her vampire books, Lestat is my one and only vampire (well, Marius and Pandora too, hehe), forget twilight and the like...

You're probably too young to know ;D
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Justan Henner on March 25, 2015, 01:36:18 PM
Apparently I write erotica (How did they know!). My religion submission for December's contest gave me Anne Rice.

I hope you're not linking the 2!
Anne Rice is much better known (and I assume that's the result) for her vampire books, Lestat is my one and only vampire (well, Marius and Pandora too, hehe), forget twilight and the like...

You're probably too young to know ;D

Probably, I just saw that she had written erotica on the wikipedia page, and thought it was out of place for the piece I had written haha.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Elfy on March 25, 2015, 11:23:55 PM
Apparently I write erotica (How did they know!). My religion submission for December's contest gave me Anne Rice.

I hope you're not linking the 2!
Anne Rice is much better known (and I assume that's the result) for her vampire books, Lestat is my one and only vampire (well, Marius and Pandora too, hehe), forget twilight and the like...

You're probably too young to know ;D
She did quite a lot of erotica under various pen names, Charlotte Rampling is one of them. They republished the Beauty series (rather like if the Marquis De Sade had actually written Sleeping Beauty) under her name when 50 Shades took off commercially.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: ScarletBea on March 26, 2015, 07:56:03 AM
I know, but that's not her main body of work, and I doubted that 'style site' was using that for comparison, hehe

(and I think it's Charlotte 'something else' - Charlotte Rampling is an actress, recently returned on Broadchurch ;D)
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Justan Henner on March 26, 2015, 03:05:39 PM
I know, but that's not her main body of work, and I doubted that 'style site' was using that for comparison, hehe

(and I think it's Charlotte 'something else' - Charlotte Rampling is an actress, recently returned on Broadchurch ;D)

You never know. At this point I just assume every website is a front for some sort of porn. Still haven't found the link to FF's trove, but I'm guessing it's some weird stuff.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: jefGoelz on March 26, 2015, 10:04:22 PM


Probably, I just saw that she had written erotica on the wikipedia page, and thought it was out of place for the piece I had written haha.
You had never heard of Anne Rice?
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Elfy on March 26, 2015, 10:32:26 PM
I know, but that's not her main body of work, and I doubted that 'style site' was using that for comparison, hehe

(and I think it's Charlotte 'something else' - Charlotte Rampling is an actress, recently returned on Broadchurch ;D)
I checked, it's Anne Rampling. The other one is A.N Roquelaure, and that was what she originally wrote Exit to Eden under, which was later made into a film.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Justan Henner on March 27, 2015, 04:01:16 AM


Probably, I just saw that she had written erotica on the wikipedia page, and thought it was out of place for the piece I had written haha.
You had never heard of Anne Rice?

Never. (Well, maybe? Probably?) I've read a lot of books without even noticing the author's name. For other than the names I've read over and over, it's not since the last few years that I really started paying attention to them.

EDIT: In fact, even some of the books I have read multiple times, I don't know the author's name at all. If it weren't sitting next to me on the bookshelf, I wouldn't have known who wrote Golden Compass despite having read the whole series twice. I usually have to look these things up by title if I read it past a certain date.
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: Elfy on March 27, 2015, 05:44:43 AM


Probably, I just saw that she had written erotica on the wikipedia page, and thought it was out of place for the piece I had written haha.
You had never heard of Anne Rice?

Never. (Well, maybe? Probably?) I've read a lot of books without even noticing the author's name. For other than the names I've read over and over, it's not since the last few years that I really started paying attention to them.

EDIT: In fact, even some of the books I have read multiple times, I don't know the author's name at all. If it weren't sitting next to me on the bookshelf, I wouldn't have known who wrote Golden Compass despite having read the whole series twice. I usually have to look these things up by title if I read it past a certain date.
Yeah. I get that sometimes, too. I have to remember certain authors names when I got to the bookshop just so I can keep an eye out for them. It really doesn't help to not spot something and then ask the person at the counter 'Do you have that book with the elves (or insert fantasy trope of choice) in it?'
Title: Re: Who do you write like?
Post by: SarahW on April 05, 2015, 07:34:11 PM
When I put two of my short stories in I Write Like, most commonly I would get William Gibson or H.P. Lovecraft.

Always wanted to try reading/writing Cthulhu Punk.