This Explains It

The internet has a lot of horseshit on its world wide webs, but occasionally there are tools that blow your mind with the genius of it all. Today, I found the website I Write Like

So  you cut and paste some of your own writing into a box and then poorly paid gremlins inside the internet analyze your prose to determine which author’s style you most mirror. I picked some clips from my recent posts, and the gremlins started working.

Screen shot 2015-05-01 at 7.46.07 AMCory Doctorow? A Canadian science fiction writer for teens? You’ve probably heard of him, because his latest book is ranked 24,240th on Amazon, but I hadn’t.

I was looking for an upgrade, so I put some of my more serious writing to the test…

Screen shot 2015-05-01 at 8.00.25 AMWell, I did really like the DaVinci Code…

But now I’d become obsessed. I pasted part of Her Royal Highness’ scholarship essay into the machine.

Screen shot 2015-05-01 at 8.18.50 AMThis is how David Foster Wallace’s writing is described:

Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here–with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely. This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work–essays like his famous cruise-ship piece, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” excerpts from his novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King, and legendary stories like “The Depressed Person.”

I believe I’m going to track down one of his legendary stories like “The Depressed Person.”

11 thoughts on “This Explains It

    • HP Lovecraft is not a known quantity to Podunk, so I looked up this: Howard Phillips Lovecraft (/ˈlʌvkræft, -ˌkrɑːft/;[1] August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)—known as H. P. Lovecraft—was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.

      My love for Lynn deepens by the day.

  1. Dan Brown (formerly writing as Danielle Brown) also wrote “187 Men to Avoid, A survival Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman” which is, I’m guessing, in your style!

  2. I think the system has a crush on Wallace. I pasted in the only thing I had handy — a press release I sent out this morning — and apparently it is also as brilliant and original as he.

  3. I wrote a blog post like Mario Puzo (with less blood) and a technical document like Rudyard Kipling. I suspect a random number generator is involved.

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