I don’t really think I write like the creator of Oz (although it’s kinda flattering) but it’s interesting to think how the analyzer might have arrived at the comparison. I chose a chunk from my WIP (Prince of Passion, the second story in my Sheerways science fiction romance series) so maybe it found the peculiar imaginary words and extrapolated from there.
Of course, I plugged in a bunch more writing samples, just to see. It says I also write like William Gibson (awesome), like Anne Rice (admittedly that was a chunk from a love scene), like David Foster Wallace (er…), like Stephen King, like Neil Gaiman, like Douglas Adams… In fact, every time I plugged in a new sample, it said I wrote like someone else.
At first I was a little disappointed. I like silly tools — Shakespearean curse generators and stripper name generators and whatnot — but I really like tools that I can use, that teach me something.
But then I thought, well, why SHOULDN’T it find that I write like all those people? I use all the same words. Or most of them anyway. For sure I’m using the same letters. And if I can write with the same heart, that’d be pretty cool. And that’s a reminder I can always use.
So I guess I WRITE LIKE did teach me something.
Who do you write like? Feel free to share in comments and let us know if you agree with your analysis or if you’d rather write like someone else.