Who Do You Write Like?

Once upon a time2Okay, you write like you, and that’s as it should be.

But still, there are commonalities in writing, and there are those we aspire to be something like. I’d LOVE to be told I write like Rudyard Kipling–James Joyce not so much. Even though Joyce was Irish and Kipling English. My ancestors can deal (or not, I suppose).

I found this nifty little widget on Bette Stevens’s blog, which if you haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend. She’s a super person with interesting stuff to say. And the monarch butterfly images are worth a visit on their own.

Anyway, it takes you to a fun little site where you enter a sample of your writing, and they give you an author whose style is similar to yours. Mine came up as Jack London, which was interesting. He lived in northern California, too. I’ve even visited his home in wine country–it’s part of the state park system now.

So check it out and put in a page or so of your writing where you felt you were really writing as you, in your purest form. It’s located atΒ http://iwl.me/, and you can even put the results in your sidebar. They give you the html to put in the text widget. My sidebar’s getting crowded, so I took a pass on that one, but I thought I’d spread the idea around.

Happy writing!

Avid writer and reader, especially of fantasy. Learning about social networking and always interested in honing my writing skills. Contact me at cathleentownsend.com.

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12 comments on “Who Do You Write Like?
  1. Lauren says:

    Haha, got a different one for every piece. πŸ˜‰ Starting with H.P Lovecraft? (no idea who this is), Stephen King, and ending with Douglas Adas.

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  2. afhumphrey says:

    Fun. I got Anne Rice & Stephen King.

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  3. Thanks, Cathleen. Sharing all around the place. Jack London…awesome! Have an amazing weekend, my friend! ❀

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  4. Lots of horror writers coming up, I see. I’ve never read Lovecraft, either. I don’t know how well he sold, but we could all do worse than Anne Rice and Steven King.

    I’m not a huge horror fan, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I have something to learn from them when it comes to building suspense. I have this HORRIBLE tendency to back away from conflict (comes from RL instincts), and I need to learn how to really extend it instead, (in the context of literature only).

    I need to force myself to just make more things go wrong. *sniffs* I love these make-believe people far too much…

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  5. elainewitt says:

    Fascinating little post, Cathleen. Now Jack London, that I can kinda see…as for you being mean to your characters, you’re getting better at it. And it starts to get fun when you put your characters to their breaking point and see what they are capable of (then again, maybe I’m getting a little sadistic given some of my recent story idea research.)

    I’m scratching my head after checking a few different snippets from my two main manuscripts. I came up as William Gibson (several times), Stephen King when I put in a more flowery descriptive passage, and J.D. Salinger? There’s a combination for you…

    …and now I may just have to go read some William Gibson as I’m intrigued.

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