Saturday, May 6, 2017

I Write Like . . . . - SNGF

I'm coming late to the party but this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, proposed by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, was just too enticing to ignore.  He suggested that we
  1. Find something that you have written that you are really proud of - the best of your work.  Do an Edit > Copy of it.
  2. Go to the website [I Write Like] and Paste your text into the waiting box.
  3. Tell us which famous author you write like.  Write it up in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog, or post it on Facebook.  Insert the "badge of honor" in your blog if you can.

For the fun of it I decided to copy and paste several blog posts.  I personally feel like I have somewhat different styles of writing depending on the topic and whether I have an emotional connection, am sharing first-hand memories, writing a factual post, etc.  Below are the results.

Two posts were in the style of Agatha Christie. 
Agatha Christie was a British crime writer of who also wrote romance stories under the name Mary Westmacott.  She is best known for her detective stories, especially those featuring Miss Marple.  According to Guinness Book of World Records she is the best-selling novelist of all time.  (Which brings me to the question:  If I write like Agatha Christie why do I have so few readers?  Ha!)

 Two other posts were in the style of Anne Rice.
Anne Rice is an American author of metaphysical Gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica.  She is one of the most widely-read authors in modern history.

In other posts I write like James Joyce.
James Joyce was a modern, avant-garde writer from Ireland, considered one of the most influential of his time.  His most famous work was Ulysses, written in 1922.  Other works include Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners

I learned the last bit of writing I submitted was written like Arthur Clarke.
Arthur Clarke is a British science fiction author, and inventor.  His best-known book is 2001:  A Space Odyssey

Considering the speed of the analysis at I Write Like I suspect the accuracy of these results.  I imagine the more written works I submit the more variety there would be in the results.  Still, accurate or not, it was a fun exercise.  Thanks, Randy.


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  1. Interesting! Does it provide an analysis explaining the similarities?

    1. No analysis, Wendy. And it takes about 5 seconds for any length writing to be analyzed. The whole idea of a computer analyzing and comparing writing so quickly still makes me chuckle. I'd like to know how many authors are in their files and it would be fun to see if the same writing on a different day returns a different result. I'm curious but not curious enough to spend time on it.

  2. Nancy,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Genealogy Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks for including this post, Jana. I appreciate it.


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