I don’t take I Write Like too seriously. This website–which analyses a person’s writing style and then matches it to a famous author–hangs out with all those websites in which a person can take a test to see if he is a narcissist or whether or not his physical symptoms indicate he has leprosy or some other disease. I Write Like is just for funsies.
Here are some of the authors I’ve been matched with over the last couple of years:
- Isaac Asimov–I have only read one of Asimov’s books, Foundation. I’ve been told my writing is sparse like Hemingway’s or Asimov’s so this doesn’t surprise me. When I write a rough draft, I usually skimp on too much description and detail and focus on actions and dialogue. Then I go back and add some details in revising.
- Cory Doctorow–Again, I have only read one of Doctorow’s books, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Doctorow is a science fiction author who offers his books to be downloaded for free from his website.
- Dan Brown–Once again, only one book by this author have I read. During the big hype over his DaVinci’s Code, I read it out of curiosity. It was a fun read and one of those things not to be taken seriously like so many people did. One thing that bothered me about the book: the characters took pains to notice details that were clues to the mystery, yet they kept saying Eve in the book of Genesis ate an apple. The characters should have known that the fruit was never labeled an apple. Just my opinion.
- Arthur C. Clarke–He is another famous science fiction writer, best know for his book, 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Side note: remember when the year 2001 seemed to be in the way distant future? Not any more, honey.) Well, anyway, I have only read one of his books, his second best known tome called Rendezvous with Rama. I enjoyed it, but remember thinking it would have made a better short story than short novel.
So, if you want to see what famous author you write like, have a sample of your prose ready to be copy and pasted. You may be surprised.