Monday, November 28, 2011

Who Do You Write Like?

Who do you write like, ... and why do you write?  Or why do you blog?

How would you describe your writing style?  Short and sweet?  Verbose?  Homey and conversational?  Formal?  Poetic?  Academic?  Literary?  Do you use bits of dialogue or embellish with a lot of descriptive language?  Is your writing delightfully A.D.D. ish and wandering, or organized and straightforward?  Maybe it is subtle and playful before getting to the point.  And on and on it could go.

Arlee Bird, author of Tossing It Out, put me onto a site that was new to me. Maybe I live under a rock or something but I had never even heard of I Write Like.  The site takes a writing sample from you, analyzes your word choice and writing style, and gives you the results.  Kind of like a blood test.  Except you get the results right away and ... it tells you which 'famous' writer your style is most like.

All you do is copy-paste one of your writing samples, like a blog post, for example, and almost magically, you are informed.  For me it says I write like J. D. Salinger.  Sorry J.D. It might make you turn over in your  grave, but I am delighted by the comparison. My fingers fly, then I spell check, correct glaring errors, and leave it pretty much as is.  Very little editing.  Just free flowing thought.  So somebody else sounds like that too?   And somebody famous!  I am exuberant and it will last me all day.

My Hero

 It doesn't matter that Arlee also submitted a sample from the Book of Ezekiel, just for fun, and found the writing style to be like Kurt Vonnegut.  I just don't care.  I write like J. D. Salinger.  I have it in black and white and I'm holding on to it.

So, in J.D.'s words, "I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it."  And I wholeheartedly agree!

Thanks Arlee Bird.  It was a lot of fun.  Give it a try and see who you write like.  Jump back over here and share.    It will be fun.


  1. Wow that's awesome! Honestly, I haven't spent much time wondering how I write. Before it used to be boring but now it's a bit different and well I haven't written anything in weeks! =/
    I'll have to check this out before I complete my business proposal! Thank you for the post =)

  2. Just don't try it with two or more samples if you're content with J.D. Every time I've tried it with a different sample of my writing it comes up with a different author.

    Glad you had fun with this, I know I did.

    Tossing It Out

    Enjoy my delightful interview with Susan Kane on
    Wrote By Rote Saturday 11/26

  3. I'm so going to try this right now! How fun! Before I did, I wanted to record how I think before 'they' give me an answer. My blog writing tends to be informal and conversational. I write like I think and speak. I do it on purpose because as a Language Arts teacher, at work, my writing must be proper and follow a certain form.

  4. It seems I write like Kurt Vonnegut - whoever they are. Thanks for a fun post, I'm now away to google Kurt.

  5. only me ...... again.

    Not too bad a comparison I don't think. It turns out Kurts works include Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five which I'm informed blend satire, gallows humor and science fiction.

  6. Petty Witter, You go girl! Sounds pretty good to me! Fun, huh?

    Sorta Southern, I'm sure you like writing "out of the box" after teaching LA all days. Your own voice! No rules! FReedom!

    Arlee, Yeah, we're having fun with this one! Thanks!

    Kelly-Ann, Neither did I think much about how write either until I read Arlee's post about this site...It's just been fun to check into. Thanks.

  7. Well this is an interesting post. I will give it a try.
    JD Salinger is an amazing writer and yes I can see the similarities. B

  8. OK apparently I write like Chuck Palahniuk. Off to learn more about this unknown to me author. Thank you. B

  9. Wow I write like the guy that wrote Fight Club. Who knew? I just submitted my post from today. I just don't see it but who knows. B


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