Well, it happened unexpectedly and leisurely this past Sunday afternoon. An Internet browsing happenstance. I’d been reading a few poems by Emily Dickinson thinking it would as it so often does get my mind in gear for a bit of writing, but sometimes the mind resists and insists on time off. So I went online instead and rediscovered a fun link which I had bookmarked a while back, the I Write Like site (http://iwl.me/) which runs a statistical analysis on any English text you paste in and tells you which famous writer’s style that piece of text resembles. I promptly busied myself typing in a sample from Dickinson’s 1764, starting not at the beginning of this poem but from “Between the March and April line -” and cut things short then at “Made cruelly more dear.”
IWL was quick to tell me that the writing is like H.P. Lovecraft, and from there one thing just led to another. I read “At the Mountains of Madness” online and oh boy, isn’t it just so easy to grab books onto the Kindle – the Complete Collection is now mine. Never mind whether Dickinson really writes like Lovecraft, she doesn’t, and I wasn’t all that fair to the statistical engine by submitting such a short sample, and poetry no less, but the really cool thing is that this has prompted me to read something that I would not otherwise have chosen to add to my reading list.
Of course I couldn’t resist submitting a couple of samples of my own writing to receive the statistical verdict of which famous writer’s style it resembles – so much fun, want to give it a try and share the outcome?
For the latest flash piece I posted here, “Transformation”, IWL very flatteringly tells me that I write like Ernest Hemingway, ahem. It thinks I write like Dan Brown based on “The Apple Tree”. Really?
Now let’s see what happens when I copy all of the above and paste it into the analyser. Ha, what do you know, turns out I now write like H.P. Lovecraft, too!