You Write Like (Fill in the blank)


Hattip to Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings.  Go here to have your writing style analyzed.  To my chagrin I was advised that I write like the late David Foster Wallace.  Oh well, I’ve never given up my day job!

My second go round I was told that I write like Margaret Mitchell.  Now admittedly that was from one of my Civil War posts, but even so!

Third time around I was told that I write like Cory Doctorow.  I think I will quit while I am behind.

25 Responses to You Write Like (Fill in the blank)

  1. Jay Anderson says:

    James Joyce here.

    Given my love/hate relationship with said author, I’m not sure what to think of this.

  2. John Henry says:

    David Foster Wallace, James Joyce, and Stephen King…I may never write again.

  3. Phillip says:

    David Foster Wallace and Margaret Atwood. Yikes!!!

    What’s with Wallace?

  4. Jonathan says:

    What I liked doing was seeing just how accurate the measurement system was.

    Stephen King = Stephen King
    Wallace = Dan Brown or Stephen King
    James Joyce = James Joyce
    Margaret Mitchell = Margaret Mitchell
    Margaret Atwood = HG Wells
    HG Wells = HG Wells

  5. Paul Zummo says:

    Tolstoy, Vonnegut, Doctorow. That is in ascending order of the relative snarkiness of my selection, for what it’s worth.

  6. Phillip says:

    So I write like Dan Brown or HG Wells. That’s some improvement.

  7. Jonathan says:

    Agreed, Phillip.

  8. Jay Anderson says:

    The more I think about it, the less I like it.

    “You write like … some guy who wrote incomprehensible drivel and who only elitist pseudo-sophisticates consider to be some sort of genius.”

  9. Jonathan says:

    That’s very good, Jay.

  10. Anthony says:

    J.D. Salinger.

    Makes sense. I’ve got angst, loathing and self-loathing down pretty well. Bring on the accolades and isolation!

  11. Blackadder says:

    George Orwell.

  12. Joe Hargrave says:

    I don’t trust this thing at all.

    I plugged in a few different blog posts and got different answers each time. If you write about Catholicism, you get Dan Brown. If you write about guns, you get Mario Puzo.

  13. Donald R. McClarey says:

    (Guest comment from Don’s wife Cathy:) Joe, I got Dan Brown, too — but for a vacuum cleaner review I posted on Good grief!

  14. Phillip says:

    Dan Brown and vacuum cleaners. I guess they both…

  15. Art Deco says:

    I plugged in a few different blog posts and got different answers each time.

    I’ve tried four posts. H.P. Lovecraft twice and David Foster Wallace twice.

  16. Elaine Krewer says:

    Review of a play with a lot of Italian characters = Mario Puzo.

    Review of a stage musical based on fairy tale characters = Edgar Allan Poe.

    Yesterday’s post on the KKK and Progressivism = H.P. Lovecraft (?!)

  17. Jay Anderson says:


    We’re peas in a pod, you and I.


  18. RL says:

    A song played on a gong couldn’t have been more wrong. I knew this was the biggest flop since the Spruce Goose when the answer appeared Dr. Seuss.

  19. Donald R. McClarey says:

    RL, you and Erato, the muse of lyric poetry (although she was screaming something in Greek I didn’t quite catch), inspired me to give it one last try. This time I was told that I write like the late Isaac Asimov. I have always admired the clarity of Asimov’s prose, and with that I will retire from the field.

  20. Mike Petrik says:

    Hilarious. One entry was Wallace, another Lovecraft, another Poe, and yet another Orwell. Very eclectic writer am I. Heh.

  21. John Henry says:

    Like Whitman, you must contain multitudes, Mike.

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