Thursday, 15 July 2010
Lots of us write blogs, not that we have any feasible hope of pecuniary gain, but first for the satisfaction of getting something down on the page, then because the unexpected approval of strangers is such a thrill, and then as the list of posts grows to take those first often faltering steps: new subjects and new styles of writing.
You know who you hope you write like, but is there a scientific way, a 'fair and balanced' way to find out who you actually write like? Take the paragraph above:
Do I have the voice of a man who was regarded as a churner-out of populist crud for the worst kind of 'penny dreadful' but now all these years later has 'classic' and 'textbook' status? We fished the same river maybe there was someting in the water?
'Check what famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them to those of the famous writers.
Any text in English will do: your latest blog post, journal entry, comment, chapter of your unfinished book, etc. For reliable results paste at least a few paragraphs (not tweets).'
Here's the link - let us know who you write like
Our First Hunt got me Margaret Mitchell - not too shabby, but frankly my dear ........ I don't give a damn
Hmmm-Bushwacker James Joyce - I fear those big words which make us so unhappy
I just Play One On TV Chuck Palahniuk - You wanna fight about this? Tuesday next is good for me, bring a friend.
Who'd have thought that Albert's Charged - Hog Hunting at It Finest would come out as Margaret Atwood?
PS Chad, that last email - You're David Foster Wallace! LOL