Monday, June 25, 2012

Analyze Your Writing Style

I was having fun with the I Write Like tool. I took random passages from several of my novels and plugged them into the analyzer to see what would happen.

Here's what the tool found.

The Franchise:

I write like
Arthur Clarke

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Seven:

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I, Crimsonstreak:

I write like
William Gibson

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Sheridan's Hammer:

I write like
Vladimir Nabokov

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



17th Parallel:

I write like
Charles Dickens

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Mortimer P. Willoughby's Guide to Superhero Etiquette (12th Edition):

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



I don't know the metrics involved here and obviously the analysis can't include things like tone and symbolism, but it's an interesting exercise. It's not exact, of course. Different sections of The Franchise returned different results (Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, and Charles Dickens--although the Clarke analysis was remarkably consistent). The program isn't suggesting my writing is up to the level of those great authors--it's simply saying there's an echo of their style and word choice reflected in my prose.

A fun exercise nonetheless.

I took a few sections of text from some of the authors I've recently read...here's what the program came up with:

Adam Christopher (Empire State, Angry Robot)

I write like
Raymond Chandler

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Susan Jane Bigelow (Broken, Candlemark & Gleam)

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles)

I write like
George Orwell

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



George R.R. Martin (A Clash of Kings, Bantam)

I write like
William Shakespeare

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island)

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Timothy Zahn (Star Wars: Allegiance, LucasBooks)

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)

I write like
Jane Austen

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds, Angry Robot)

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Stephen Zimmer (Crown of Vengeance - Fires of Eden Series), Seventh Star Press)

I write like
L. Frank Baum

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



Random Amazon Review for a Computer:

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!



So...um...not an exact science, right?

Which author do you write like?

Click here to find out (it's a simple copy & paste of your text) & drop your answer in the comments.

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