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.
Mortimer P. Willoughby's Guide to Superhero Etiquette (12th Edition):
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)
Susan Jane Bigelow (Broken, Candlemark & Gleam)
Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles)
George R.R. Martin (A Clash of Kings, Bantam)
Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island)
Timothy Zahn (Star Wars: Allegiance, LucasBooks)
Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds, Angry Robot)
Stephen Zimmer (Crown of Vengeance - Fires of Eden Series), Seventh Star Press)
Random Amazon Review for a Computer:
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.