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.
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.