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I write like …

I write like
William Shakespeare

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

… William Shakespeare. Anyway, that’s what it says here. I was scrolling through my feeds and noticed a guy calling himself “Mighty Red Pen” ran a few of his posts through an algorithm that purports to analyze your writing — sometimes he wrote, it said, like Dan Brown, other times like Cory Doctorow, and once like Vladimir Nabokov.

I have no idea how the thing works, but I entered the second chapter of the book I’m working on and got the Will result (which seems appropriate since I’m writing on the early seventeenth century).

I think it’s best to stop now. How disheartening would it be to learn that my second chapter was written like William Shakespeare and my third in the style of Dan Brown?


Links for Friday, July 30, 2010


Great opening paragraphs: The Confusions of Pleasure by Timothy Brook


  1. You ARE lucky. I got “writes like Dan Brown” all three times I tried. It wouldn’t be so bad if I had his sales and his money. Maybe I can write a thriller about the search for some sacred relic. Do you suppose it might sell?

  2. I submitted the text of a proposal to add some characters to Unicode, and was told that I write like H. P. Lovecraft.

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