Observations of a Nerd

Who do you write like?

I’m pretty happy with my results:

I write like
Margaret Atwood

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

Try it yourself. It’s a pretty good way to waste 30 seconds or so.


  1. #1 EMJ
    July 18, 2010

    Congratulations. Margaret Atwood tried it herself, guess who she writes like?

  2. #2 Matt
    July 18, 2010

    I pasted in the conclusion paragraphs from my thesis… I got Margaret Atwood, too. I guess I’ll have to read something she’s written now…

  3. #3 Joel
    July 18, 2010

    Based on a “recent” post from my blog, as well as part of the methodology and then the conclusions section of my thesis, I write like Isaac Asimov. I’m impressed that three different chunks of text gave the a consistent answer like that :p

  4. #4 AmoebaMike
    July 19, 2010

    I tried three different blog posts and got three different writers. :-(

  5. #5 Paul
    July 19, 2010

    I tried a few different excerpts from this blog post and got the following results:

    Dan Brown
    Cory Doctorow
    James Joyce
    David Foster Wallace
    Dan Brown

    I also tried a section from a draft of a thesis chapter:

    David Foster Wallace


  6. #6 Adrian Morgan
    July 19, 2010

    The first blogger I saw to have written about this was @JuneCasagrande. I won’t repeat everything I said to her, but here are some of my most interesting results.

    One scene from a fantasy fiction story I wrote in the nineties turned out to be written in the style of J. K. Rowling, but if I simply replaced every occurence of the word “wizard” with the word “magician”, then suddenly it was written in the style of Ray Bradbury.

    Among my other results, an essay that I wrote a few years ago as a parody of obscure, pointless, rambling essays, turned out to be written in the style of Harry Harrison, which is so much the worse for Harry Harrison.

    And a short children’s poem of mine about elephants and rabbits was written in the style of Douglas Adams. I’m happy with that result.

  7. #7 Pierce R. Butler
    July 19, 2010

    Making Light has two devastating posts about this site and its little game.

    Apparently the “test” is based on nothing more than vocabulary lists – nothing stylistic beyond that at all – and the whole setup is run by a sleazeball hyperchristian publisher trying to rope suckers into a vanity press hu$tle.

  8. #8 Lilian Nattel
    July 19, 2010

    It would be pretty funny if I wrote like myself. But my blogs don’t read like my books. A short post just isn’t a novel.

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