Watch Me Entertain Myself!

Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Like “I Write Like”

When I found out about the site I Write Like, I was curious to know which famous author’s writing style was most similar to mine. Looking through my recent entries, I chose “Reunion (Of The Snake Is On The Climb)” for its brevity. And the result was this:


I write like
Dan Brown

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



I must admit I prefer a Savage more than a Brown, but then again the latter’s the richer one. Damn! I should start generating thrillers about the Spanish friars and Rizalistas and sell the movie rights to the highest bidder.

But I also realize that I don’t have one particular style of writing. The above example is me writing in a more serious-than-usual tone (apparently, I am capable of becoming serious once in a while). But what about my not-so-serious entries?

So I went back to my blog and chose “Atomic Reaction”, again for its brevity more than any other consideration. (My other consideration was to avoid entries with a lot of Taglish usage.) And look what came out:


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



Huh? Who is David Foster Wallace? I wiki’ed him and found out that he’s a celebrated writer who--oops!--committed suicide in 2008 due to depression. He is most famous for his 1996 novel “Infinite Jest.” According to Wikipedia, his fiction is often concerned with irony, something I also am fond of. Wallace is also a fellow Piscean, unless one now follows the new zodiac, in which case he isn’t anymore, but who cares? Anyway, we’re mimicking writing styles, not lifestyles, so there.

(Whew.)

So which famous writer you write like?

7 comments:

Aris said...

friend, sinubukan ko rin. nagulat ako sa lumabas. haha! :)

Desperate Houseboy said...

Stephen King daw yung akin ...hehehe eh tagalog na nga yung post ko. nagets nila yun?

Xander said...

Re David Foster Wallace: READ THIS

http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

xander

joelmcvie said...

@XANDER: How interesting... I had actually read that speech before, but I didn't bother to remember who wrote it. Now I know. Thanks!

Ubermensch said...

I tried it for this post http://d-ubermensch.blogspot.com/2010/08/on-duty-of-disclosure-positives-point.html, and mine came out to be Edgar Allan Poe. Nice

odin hood said...

i tried around 30 of my writings and 2 writers stood out having the most results: Cory Doctorow and James Joyce. Di ko rin sila kilala but what's interesting is that my older writings resembles Joyce's and the new ones are like Doctorow's. So maybe my writing style has evolved. hmmm interesting...

sana may explanation nung analysis nila no instead of simply saying you write like this guy. or lil info about the writer so maybe you dont hafta wiki them hehe

didinskee said...

Lewis Carrol!