The thing to do on Twitter yesterday seemed to be pasting your prose into this analyzator tool called I Write Like to see which famous author it matched you up with.
I decided to approach this somewhat scientifically and I selected three samples of my fiction writing as well as three samples of my nonfiction writing, and see what came up.
Well, for my fiction I got:
That result is somewhat ironic in that I don’t enjoy reading James Joyce. I think the only thing I ever read by him from beginning to end was “The Dead,” a novella that appears in the Dubliners. I only read it for a class assignment. Most of what I remember about the story was wishing that it would end. Perhaps I should give something else by him a try. Because if the man didn’t write something more exciting than that novella, I’m going to become utterly self-conscious about whether my prose is as boring and dry as his.
As for my nonfiction writing, which mostly consists of blog posts, I got:
And that’s a pretty darn cool result. Not just because Wil Wheaton got the same result either. Cory Doctorow came to visit in Chapel Hill earlier this year, and he struck me as a very cool person. He gave a very passionate speech about technology, about freedom, and about his dear friend, Aaron Schwartz. It was very poignant, and it gave some excellent context for his books. If some computer says that I write like Cory Doctorow, that’s totally cool with me.
So who do you write like?