Jul 14, 2010  •  In Books, Web

I Write Like Stephen King

I Write Like is a nifty tool that tells you which famous writer you write like based on your word choice and writing style.

All you need to do is enter into a text field a sample of your writing (at least a few paragraphs are recommended for the best results) and voila!

I write like
Stephen King

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

I entered more than a few samples of my writing (via blog posts, essays, etc) and the author that popped up the most was Stephen King. I was really flattered, because I love Stephen King — not only for the horror novels that he is most well-known for, but also for his imaginative, full-of-life fantasy tales. The Eyes of the Dragon is one book that I always recommend to friends, as it is an example of King’s early work that unexpectedly delights and makes a name for itself in the medieval fantasy genre.

What about you? What famous author do you most write like?

6 Responses to “I Write Like Stephen King”

  1. The author that showed up the most (with my blog posts as the text) was David Foster Wallace.

    As a teacher (even though I’m science… and unemployed), I couldn’t help thinking about how this tool could be used in a writing/English class to get kids learning about different authors and their writing styles. Thanks for sharing this neat tool – I enjoyed trying it out!!

  2. James Joyce. And I thought I was keeping those run-on sentences under control…..

  3. How neat! I got David Foster Wallace. I can’t judge if that’s accurate since I’ve never read any of his stuff, but I might have to check him out now.

  4. I got a mix of David Foster Wallace and Dan Brown, although Nabokov, Joyce and Arthur Conan Doyle popped up too… I tested quite a few samples. I also linked to your post and the site on my blog, thanks for posting about it! You’re on fire lately!

  5. It’s funny you should mention "The Eyes of the Dragon": that was actually the first King book I ever read.

    I took the test and also got Stephen King most of the time, which I couldn’t be happier about. when I decided I wanted to be a blogger/aspiring author, one of the first books I read was his memoir "On Writing." It’s been a constant inspiration and I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already.

  6. The test isn’t really accurate! Margaret Atwood posted on Twitter that she kept getting other authors, not herself, and in this NY Times blog, they insert some of Poe’s writing and get Doyle. http://papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/i-write-like-yeah-right/#preview

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