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July 13, 2010

I Write Like ...

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

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

Ever wondered which famous author you most write like? Well, I bet you are now.

Luckily, there's a Web site that can tell you. Just paste a few paragraphs of your own writing into the box, and I Write Like will analyze your word choice and writing style to determine who you most write like.

The site is pretty bare -- no images and not even an explanation or excerpt of the author's work to give you a better idea of how you're alike. But I'm going to take a comparison to H.P. Lovecraft as a compliment, thanks very much.

Other available authors include Chuck Palahniuk, Vladimir Nabokov, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, who is Dave's writing twin, according to the site.

So who do you write like?

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Posted by Nancy Knight at 1:30 PM | | Comments (6)


I know Ray Bradbury referred to 'fine big-worded Lovecraft' and I still get a shudder from 'The Dunwich Horror' under the right conditions, but do you really want to be known for writing like him? The fine big words seem to be the same archaisms over and over; the ideal title for a Lovecraft parody (offered here open-source) would be 'That Eldritch Foetor.'

Pretty nice. I did an excerpt from my Water History book and it said I write like James Joyce. Then I wrote in from my Fluorine Dreams book and it said I write like Stephen King. Which got me wondering...If King analyzes his writing style, would it say he writes like himself?

I put in a few paragraphs of a blog post and was told I write like Dan Brown. Now if I could only SELL like him!

I fed the Gettysburg Address to this and got HP Lovecraft! Lincoln, Lovecraft, Lovecraft, Lincoln. Hmnnnn....I'm going to snicker about this for awhile.

I got Stephenie Meyer a few times which really got me mad, but then again I was putting in m fanfiction based off of Twilight. Then I think I got Dan Brown from soemthing else. Then I took a comment off of here that I made and it said I write like David Foster Wallace, the author of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I've never read his work.

I posted a sentence or two from something I had written on a site I frequent. It said I write like Charles Dickens. Even if this is just for fun, that was a delightful thought. Dickens? Really? Hahahaaa. Awesome!

By the way, I love this blog.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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