You Write Like (Fill in the blank)


Hattip to Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings.  Go here to have your writing style analyzed.  To my chagrin I was advised that I write like the late David Foster Wallace.  Oh well, I’ve never given up my day job!

My second go round I was told that I write like Margaret Mitchell.  Now admittedly that was from one of my Civil War posts, but even so!

Third time around I was told that I write like Cory Doctorow.  I think I will quit while I am behind.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. What I liked doing was seeing just how accurate the measurement system was.

    Stephen King = Stephen King
    Wallace = Dan Brown or Stephen King
    James Joyce = James Joyce
    Margaret Mitchell = Margaret Mitchell
    Margaret Atwood = HG Wells
    HG Wells = HG Wells

  2. The more I think about it, the less I like it.

    “You write like … some guy who wrote incomprehensible drivel and who only elitist pseudo-sophisticates consider to be some sort of genius.”

  3. J.D. Salinger.

    Makes sense. I’ve got angst, loathing and self-loathing down pretty well. Bring on the accolades and isolation!

  4. I don’t trust this thing at all.

    I plugged in a few different blog posts and got different answers each time. If you write about Catholicism, you get Dan Brown. If you write about guns, you get Mario Puzo.

  5. (Guest comment from Don’s wife Cathy:) Joe, I got Dan Brown, too — but for a vacuum cleaner review I posted on Amazon.com. Good grief!

  6. I plugged in a few different blog posts and got different answers each time.

    I’ve tried four posts. H.P. Lovecraft twice and David Foster Wallace twice.

  7. Review of a play with a lot of Italian characters = Mario Puzo.

    Review of a stage musical based on fairy tale characters = Edgar Allan Poe.

    Yesterday’s post on the KKK and Progressivism = H.P. Lovecraft (?!)

  8. A song played on a gong couldn’t have been more wrong. I knew this was the biggest flop since the Spruce Goose when the answer appeared Dr. Seuss.

  9. RL, you and Erato, the muse of lyric poetry (although she was screaming something in Greek I didn’t quite catch), inspired me to give it one last try. This time I was told that I write like the late Isaac Asimov. I have always admired the clarity of Asimov’s prose, and with that I will retire from the field.

  10. Hilarious. One entry was Wallace, another Lovecraft, another Poe, and yet another Orwell. Very eclectic writer am I. Heh.

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