Sunday, July 18, 2010

I WRITE LIKE…

In my travels, I happened to stumble across a website called I Write Like. The deal is that you paste in a paragraph or so of your work, and it tells you what other writer your writing most resembles. Thus I took a paragraph from Renquist V – my current work in progress – and did as instructed. The analysis told me I wrote like J.K. Rawling. Less than satisfied, I tried again, pasting in the very next graph from the very same page. This time I was informed I wrote like Vladimir Nabokov. At no time did it tell me I wrote like me so I guess I’m not important enough to be fed to the algorithm. Thus I gave up. But don’t let that stop you clicking here to try it yourself.

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10 comments:

Pretentious said...

I filled in the box with a standard statement of mine "I write like I think and speak, in glorious stream of consciousness." I tried the analysis twice and was told I wrote like Bram Stoker and then like Mary Shelley. Maybe the trick is to keep the clip very short. In any event I best quit while I'm ahead.

Fred said...

I took a post of mine about Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." After pasting the first half of the blog post, I was told I write like Kurt Vonnegut, but when I posted the second half, I was told that I write like Charles Dickens.

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some girl said...

i got james joyce. totally absurd! that algorithm is borked fer shur, maaaan.

Anonymous said...

And don't even think about Finnegan's wake.

Graeme K Talboys said...

I got James Joyce and Dan Brown for the same piece. My brain imploded trying to work that out. Mind you, it was already fragile.

Fred said...

I think the evidence is fairly clear. Whatever it's doing, it isn't doing what it claims to be doing.

Anonymous said...

I copied & pasted "BLAH PLAPLA BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BRRRRRRRAUUUUGGGGH! YYYYEUUUGGGGHHHHAAAAAAAAA!! BLAH BLAH PLAPLA BLAH BLAH!" & it said I write like Chuck Palahniuk...

WV = reinival

Peter said...

The program said my writing samples demonstrated I wrote like David Foster Wallace. Wow.

Miq-Tak said...

I got Daniel Defoe. Must be all my subclauses.