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Who Do You Write Like?

Yes, grammatically, the title of this post should be “Whom do you write like?”

But, blah.

I thought this little widget is interesting, though I have no idea how accurate it is.

Copy a couple of paragraphs from your writing, paste them into the text box on this page, and the “I Write Like” site will tell you what famous author you write like.

According to these guys, I write like Cory Doctorow. I don’t know what to think about that, as I’ve never read his work. I do know I wasn’t a big fan of his dad’s novel, Ragtime.

So, hooray, Cory Doctorow.

Anyway, who do you write like?

Find out here. 

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  1. Brandon #

    Stephen King right here. Kinda surprised considering his writing style can get on my nerves sometimes, but I’ll take it.

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    December 9, 2013
  2. hmmm I did it twice…first two paragraphs I was Stephen King, second two I was James Joyce. I am taking the second one!

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    December 9, 2013
  3. Absolutely inaccurate, in my opinion. They think that the following resemble Stephen King.

    “I didn’t think I’d make today’s post about sports or fitness, but here goes nothing.
    Last summer, I spent a whole month going to the gym three times a week. I lost about three kilograms and started gaining a good defined shape as well as tons of energy. But as I write these lines, I haven’t stepped foot in the gym for over two months. The shape is still there, though a bit slumped, but the energy is gone.
    Gosh, this might be how potatoes feel like.”

    I’ve a read a few King novels, and this is so not him! It’s still fun!

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    December 9, 2013
    • Cherylanne #

      Actually, as a big SK fan, I can totally see why you would have gotten him. Very matter-of-fact speech, quirky sentence to put a pin on a point you just make — very SK.

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      January 9, 2014
  4. Depending on what I copy and paste I get: Daniel Defoe, H.P Lovecraft, David Foster Wallace and Rudyard Kipling. The latter makes sense as he used to live at Bateman’s. 😉

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    December 9, 2013
  5. Amy #

    Dan Brown. Hmmm.

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    December 9, 2013
  6. I got the same thing, Robert, and I haven’t read him, either.

    FYI, though: Cory Doctorow is not related to E.L., at least not directly.

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    December 9, 2013
  7. When I copy-paste my poem the result is I write like Margaret Mitchell. But, when I try to post one of my written story the result is Stephen King. :3

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    December 9, 2013
  8. Kurt Vonnegut for me, I’ll take it!

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    December 9, 2013
  9. sally1137 #

    Dang. Margaret Atwood.

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    December 9, 2013
  10. Ha! The first time I did it I chose a piece of writing with the word ‘religion’ in it several times and the computer came up with Dan Brown. Didn’t like that so I chose a different piece of writing and got Vladimir Nabokov! From the sublime to the ridiculous! I’m very suspicious of how quickly it responds though… 🙂

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    December 9, 2013
  11. For different excerpts I’ve gotten James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, and Kurt Vonnegut. Even if it is inaccurate I’ll take the compliment 🙂

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    December 9, 2013
  12. Ted Fontenot #

    I get Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, and David Foster Wallace, depending on the excerpt I use. I have read something of each, but not very much. Well, a good bit of Poe maybe, but he didn’t write much, and it was long ago.

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    December 9, 2013
  13. HA! William Gibson! No wonder I thought so well of Neuromancer. *grin*

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    December 9, 2013
  14. I got James Joyce. Good God. I think it must be because of my “endless paragraphs from hell” writing style.

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    December 9, 2013
  15. Just put a review in I did last week and got David Foster Wallace; very pleased with that.

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    December 9, 2013
  16. sylviemarieheroux #

    Two excerpts and in both cases I get David Foster Wallace. Good thing I am already over 46 otherwise I would consider this a bad omen.

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    December 9, 2013
  17. Depending on what pieces of what short stories I put in, I get Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Nabokov or Douglas Adams, but I try to vary my style a lot so maybe it reflects that, awesome!

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    December 9, 2013
  18. Apparently I write like James Joyce – I wish………

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    December 9, 2013
  19. I got HP Lovecraft . . . I guess I should give up on writing. 😦

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    December 9, 2013
    • Kshitij Rawat #

      Why do you say so?

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      December 10, 2013
  20. Kshitij Rawat #

    HP Lovecraft. Even if it is inaccurate, I’m happy.

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    December 10, 2013
  21. George Orwell, apparently. I wish!

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    December 10, 2013
  22. Either JD Salinger or David Foster Wallace. Woot?

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    December 10, 2013
  23. I tried two of my flash fiction stories. One earned me the likeness of Neil Gaiman. The other was Vladimir Nabokov. Sure, why not 😛

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    December 10, 2013
  24. The website that I write like Charles Dickens.

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    December 10, 2013
  25. usafroggy #

    The grammatically correct title would actually be “Like whom do you write?” but that just sounds so stingy 😉
    They say I write like Anne Rice–I’ve not heard of her, so what do you guys think of her?

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    December 10, 2013
    • Cherylanne #

      Interview with a Vampire — her best book. She has a very romantic style.

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      January 9, 2014
  26. Dan Brown and I couldn’t be happier – he is one of my most favorite authors!

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    December 11, 2013
  27. Reblogged this on Effrosyni's Blog and commented:
    What a fun site to discover! I pasted into the text window a few paragraphs from “The Necklace of Goddess Athena” and it analyzed my writing as having the style of Dan Brown! After the initial shock (and joy, seeing that he is one of my most favorite authors), I mulled it over for a bit and I guess it makes perfect sense. My excerpt featured two characters shivering, unbathed, poorly dressed for the occasion, feeling lost and desparate in unknown territory. Sounds familiar 😉 So who do YOU write like? Go find out!

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    December 11, 2013
  28. Looks like I used it back in 2010. I gave it many samples and received different results. http://www.ezrasf.com/wplog/2010/07/19/i-write-like/

    The pattern to the results appeared to be the content reflected the author. Doctorow->work. Wallace->personal life. Doyle->adventure.

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    December 11, 2013
  29. Me! Try, translate and Enjoy this: http://diariodeunperdedordotcom.wordpress.com/

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    December 12, 2013
  30. I have no idea, I try to be original!

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    December 13, 2013
  31. nickjames #

    Thought I’d share: Arthur Conan Doyle (latter part of a short story I wrote), Stephanie Meyer (former part of the same short story), JD Salinger (short-short fiction piece), HP Lovecraft (even shorter fiction), David Foster Wallace (a piece of prose-poetry). I’m satisfied. I’ve never read Meyer, Salinger, or Lovecraft.

    What do you guys think?

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    December 13, 2013
  32. It seems quite random. First I got H.P. Lovecraft, then Edgar Allan Poe, then Dan Brown, Lovecraft again, then David Foster Wallace, then Vladimir Nabokov, DFW again, then Arthur Clarke, DFW, then Margaret Atwood, etc., etc., etc. So either I’m a FANTASTIC writer whose style can’t be pinpointed to one of the great’s, or the site runs on a algorithm that assigns you a random “author” regardless of how you actually write.

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    December 13, 2013
    • Cherylanne #

      I used several different pieces and got the same author every time. Perhaps you are a fantastic author — and/or perhaps you haven’t narrowed-inon your “voice” yet? LOL!

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      January 9, 2014
      • Haha you might be right! I suspect it’s because I wrote about a variety of topics, so for every new piece I get a new author!

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        January 9, 2014
  33. sm #

    I came across this widget a few years ago and got two different authors based on two different pieces I entered. The two pieces I pasted in were quite different. The first was a short story that I had edited several times (I got Margaret Atwood) and the second was a blog post I had written quickly and allowed myself to wander a bit (I got David Foster Wallace). I can see why I got these two authors based on the word choices I made in each piece and the very different sentence and paragraph structures I used in each type of writing. So, I don’t think the algorithms are random but are based on some general criteria that approximate said famous author’s style. Also, keep in mind that the body of text used for the famous authors is these writers’ finished products after years of crafting a voice…and not their first, second, third, etc…drafts or other work that was never published. I see it as something for fun really…

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    December 15, 2013
  34. When I was asked to write a couple of paragraphs, smiled lightly and thought: let´s do it. But when I noticed it was in English, became a little bit worry: how could I get an style in English, if I can not write properly in Spanish, my native (or mother, not sure what fits better) language?

    Another problem was, of course, that as I write and speak and mostly everything in Spanish, I could not paste two paragraphs in English. So I would have to improvise. Finally, this experiment will not be a problem for me, but for the atribulated famous writer the widget is going to compare me with. Hope he (or she) never knows.

    These were the two paragraphs I wrote, and I got the big pot: H.P. Lovecraft. Nice for me.

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    December 31, 2013
  35. I got H.P. Lovecraft and David Foster Wallace- very pleased : )

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    January 6, 2014
  36. Cherylanne #

    Cory Doctorow here — and I had never heard of him. Someone new to add to my list of books-to-read, I suppose!

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    January 9, 2014
  37. I have tried it for three of my post, and i write like William Shakespeare, Chuck Palahniuk, and Dan Brown. Its total fun.

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    June 22, 2014
  38. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Whom

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    December 9, 2015
  39. James Joyce 🙂

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    December 9, 2015
  40. but yes

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    December 12, 2015
  41. I got Agatha Christie for all my writing pieces, so that’s pretty awesome!

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    August 29, 2016
  42. x O x

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    December 9, 2016
  43. Joyce Maton #

    Don’t know if angels dream, don’t know if there’s a heave or just a spiritual realm. But I dream I will see you again and all my loved ones who have gone before wherever that may be. Our names may not be the same but we will still know and love each other as before; maybe even more.

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    March 1, 2017

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