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 at 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.