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I Write Like...

Jim Swallow drew my attention to a site called I Write Like which claims to analyse your writing style and liken it to a famous author. I ran it a couple of times using different posts for a source, and got different results.

The one that comes up most often for me is...

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

...although I have no idea who that is. I also had it suggest...

I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

...which is flattering. Less so when it suggests...

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


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Wallace is pretty great, though I'm not sure he's quite your style, at least when it comes to fiction prose. I do highly recommend his essays to anyone and everyone. "Consider the Lobster" is one of his best:

I gave it the official rules for a game I invented, which is written very formally, and it told me it was written like David Foster Wallace. Then I gave it a really zany and experimental post and that was apparently David Foster Wallace too. So as an experiment I took a technical blog post that my brother had written, which described how to do something with database programming. Half of it was computer code. That was David Foster Wallace too. So I'm dubious about the methods involved here. Maybe the site is made by someone who loves David Foster Wallace and wants more people to be exposed to his work?

I typed in:

"a dowd nute perlog hash ishtiban g yawa nor vian g re y ifus mena b"

and it told me I write like James Joyce so I think it's pretty accurate.

When I fed the site articles from my professional blog (, it said I wrote like Cory Doctrow; the same verdict for four different articles written at different times.

When I fed it some fiction I've written (, it said I write like Vladimir Nabokov. That's quite a compliment if it is to be believed. :)

I have to wonder what the criteria for matching style is. Word choice? Sentence structure? A little bit of everything?

It's interesting to see what it says, at least. :)

I apparently write like H.G. Wells, and Cory Doctorow.

Might need to go read me some HG to see whether he's prematurely copied me or not.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

It struck me that the app must surely be based on analysing word choices, and nothing more, but it's an entertaining diversion. :)

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