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July 26th, 2010
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I write like me.
A friend from my writing group sent the following link:

http://iwl.me

I put in several texts and got disparate results including: Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway and Chuck Palahniuk. Not sure if I agree or what to make of that, but it's fun nonetheless.

Who do you get?

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From:wyliekat
Date:July 26th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I got Chuck and Margaret Atwood. I think I like that combination.
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
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An interesting combination, yes.
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From:metamorpheus
Date:July 26th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I imagine it would vary significantly by purpose- but of the text I entered I got Mark Twain.
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
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What do you mean by purpose? Do you mean the type of text? Scientific paper versus fiction story versus news paper article? Yes, I believe that would make a big difference.
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From:metamorpheus
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Yeah... that and also just intention and inspiration. Most of my livejournal is documenting/lists/basic run-down for later reference. Some of it's totally selfish analysis and venting. But occasionally, rarely, I actually 'write'.
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. The work I submitted wasn't from my journal but chapters to a book I am working on. I consider it more "actual writing" than what I have here. I suspect if I used blog entries my results would be different as well.
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From:smittenbyu
Date:July 26th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I got Dan Brown & Cory Doctorow...hmmm....
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I would "hmmm" about that one too. Did you put in blog entries or some other writing?
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From:calypso72
Date:July 27th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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I got Stephen King.
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. It does make you wonder why and what aspects of your writing align with his.
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From:bishopjoey
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)

Hmmm...

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So I'm making a conscious effort to write *pulp* right now. 30s-style, following the template used by the guy who wrote Doc Savage.

I put the first paragraph into IWL and got...

David Foster Wallace.

Don't get me wrong. I'm pleased. As punch. Just not quite what I'm attempting to do.

A later paragraph got me Stephen King. Which might just mean I'm a little schizo in my fiction.
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Hmmm...

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There are only 50 writers in the program and a good chance that Doc Savage isn't one of them. So there is also a chance that you've got that style down pat and they just can't place it - not because your writing isn't spot on, but because they don't recognize it.

I know of two other people getting David Foster Wallace as well; both are writers who work I appreciate.
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From:logpoes
Date:July 27th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
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I put in a short story I wrote and got Stephen King. I then put in the story that inspired my story (which was not written by Stephen King btw) and that story got: Stephen King! So while I have never read anything by Stephen King, my story was apparently exactly in the same style as the thing that inspired me, which I consider a win! :-D
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From:bezigebij
Date:July 27th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes, points for consistency there.
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