Who Do You Write Like?

Pageant of American Literature, view 3
Pageant of American Literature, view 3 (Photo credit: CT State Library)


I went to the following site where one can paste a portion of their current project into the analysis engine and find out which famous author is most similar to one’s personal style.  Here are the results:

Understand that my current novel is written so that each chapter is a different voice speaking.  I chose three characters from the novel to analyze, and found out that one of them reads as if Stephen King wrote it, another chapter looks like Chuck Palahniuk‘s work (Fight Club) and another chapter looks like Isaac Asimov.  Weird, huh?  I suppose I have something for everyone in my latest offering.

My first book, The Transgression Box, (according to the analyzer) reads like a Neil Gaiman novel.

I wonder which famous author each of you write like?  Paste in some text and find out.  You may find a new audience.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

19 thoughts on “Who Do You Write Like?

  1. Wow. My current project is reading like Gertrude Stein. I’m embarrassed to say she is one author I have not read yet. I wonder what exactly that means.

    I also plugged in a short story I had written a few months ago and got Vladimir Nabokov. At least I have read something of his.

  2. Thank you Roger, this is a great one. At first, texting my writing from the translator (i only write in spanish), i got Dan Brown, wich makes me a little dissapointed (is not the type of literature i want to make). Then i try to be more objetive in the translation and got Conan Doyle, Foster Wallace and Arthur Clarke wich makes me feel better even i know this is not specefic.

  3. This was certainly fun and amusing. However, it also caused me to wonder if I have yet developed my own style: I plugged in sections of the first chapter and each section resembled a different author. Starting out like Dan Brown and continuing on like Stephen King, Nabokov, James Fenimore Cooper, etc is not at all shabby, but is it an indication of having achieved my own unique style or am I a conglomerate of all that I have read? Food for thought!

  4. This is wonderful! Just did the test myself…apparently I write like Mario Puzo. Cool, except the piece i used as test was one I’d styled to match Alistair Cooke. Must see who else I write like… 🙂

  5. Loved this! Already wrote a post about the site (kudos to Julie for asking permission first, my bad for just forging ahead without any manners). Thanks for writing about this.

  6. I tried this already using my WIP = Neil Gaiman and two short stories = James Joyce and Chuck Palahnuik Have no idea where they got the Joyce on from on the piece I used but hell its flattering so I will happily accept it

  7. Oh my goodness, Roger, this was so much fun! I entered several pieces of a wide cross-section of my poetry … and while 3 authors came up repeatedly, the overwhelming number came up with James Joyce! How cool is that? The other two which were practically tied in number were Vladimir Nabokov and Anne Rice.

    I’d love to create a similar post for my blog with the “Who Do You Write Like” link – it would be a lot of fun for my readers to try out …. would that be all right? Would you mind? (I would post a link back here to your site as well and give you credit.)

    What a great way to start my day and week! Loved this! ~ Julie 🙂

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