View Full Version : "I Write Like" hilarity

March 4th, 2012, 04:47 AM
There's a relatively famous web application called "I Write Like" (seen here: http://iwl.me/ ).

I used it once or twice a few months or a year ago, and having recently found it again, I decided to test out some of my latest writings on it.

So, I put it a part of a fic I'm currently working on, and it turns out, I write like...

Dan Brown

I was like, "Fuck this" immediately and copy and pasted another section of text.

Dan Brown

I was kind of getting a little worried at this point, so I copy and pasted the most recent part of the story, to see how it would turn out.

Stephanie Meyer

Now, I was really wondering what the hell was going on, and I searched through my other stories for something else that was new that I could use for this. So, I thought, "Ha, how could this turn out wrong?" and put in text from a lemon I had recently written.

Vladimir Nabokov


Unable to think of anything else I put in some text from The Manhattan Project II, and from that the machine deduced that I write like...

H.P. Lovecraft

That one was... a surprise, certainly. I do have to wonder what got that one... but at least it's not a shitty/horrific implications author, this time.


March 4th, 2012, 04:55 AM
My original writing is, without fail, between Edgar Allen Poe and Earnest Hemingway. A weird duo to be compared to.

My fanfiction is apparently H.P. Lovecraft?

March 4th, 2012, 04:57 AM
yeah okay, why not?

A piece of Necrophatasia, that story I said I would write years ago but keep putting off because I suck

>James Joyce

try me some Cradle Ark, because I have started more projects than I care to admit

>Arthur Clarke

that beast of a fanfic Promise netted me also...

>Arthur Clarke


mfw didn't know who Arthur Clark was.

March 4th, 2012, 05:01 AM
Arthur C. Clarke is a legendary science fiction writer. Very famous and very skilled, but at the same time a bit of a stick-in-the-mud by today's standards.

But this all really shows that "I Write Like" isn't really to be trusted. :P

March 4th, 2012, 05:03 AM
I posted a segment from a certain citrus-y bit I'm writing, and ironically enough I also got Vladimir Nabokov. :illya:

Another segment - this one from an RP post - netted me David Foster Wallace. That's actually pretty cool. A different story snippet also got me a David Foster Wallace.

Shiki Tohnno - Accidental Demon Hunter gets me HP Lovecraft. Must've been the funky concepts and the gritty violence.

Another one earned me L. Frank Baum. Ironically enough that was a section of the Xth Loop, with all the messed up happening of Madoka Magica blended into the Nasuverse.

March 4th, 2012, 05:08 AM
Well considering I take a lot of concepts from science fiction it doesn't surprise me that I got a science fiction writer, I just had no bloody clue who the guy was.

but yeah, I just got Issac Asimov from a short story I wrote years ago. And Now Gertrude Stein...

March 4th, 2012, 05:13 AM
I used to get cool writers like James Joyce (for porn I penned long, long ago) and Margaret Atwood.

Now I just get Dan Brown and Stephanie Meyer. :|

March 4th, 2012, 05:35 AM
I used to get cool writers like James Joyce (for porn I penned long, long ago) and Margaret Atwood.

Now I just get Dan Brown and Stephanie Meyer. :|

You've mainstreamed, Five.

March 4th, 2012, 06:23 AM

I totally pasted my incomplete short story that was my "final exam" for my science fiction analysis class.

>Issac Asimov

I read a bunch of Asimov that quarter and know this isn't the same style. this is hilarious. ly bad.

March 4th, 2012, 07:01 AM
Used my snippet from the MPII Wise-up thread that I wrote for Sherrin. Apparently I write like Arthur Clarke.

March 4th, 2012, 07:56 AM
Wrote something funny, and heartwarming.

I write like H.P Lovecraft.

This mollifies me. This mollifies me very much. :|

March 4th, 2012, 08:26 AM
My pseudo-Homer snippets from the 'You are a Narrator' thread got me H.P. Lovecraft.

A humorous short story set in the FR got me David Foster Wallace. (Who I had to look up)

Servant Theseus from the Create-a-Servant thread got me Mary Shelley.

Rider!Herakles' Noble Phantasm got me H.P. Lovecraft.

One of my BL lectures got me H.P. Lovecraft.

A university essay got me H.P Lovecraft.

March 4th, 2012, 08:27 AM
We are Cthulhuoids. We are legion.

March 4th, 2012, 08:28 AM
Or IWL has an incredibly tiny reference pool for its authors. :p

March 4th, 2012, 08:33 AM
No, I look forward to my new life as a tentacle monster.

March 4th, 2012, 08:35 AM
I plugged one of my older chapters for Cooled Ambition and my entry for the Fic contest, got Dan Brown both times.

Guess my writing is fairly consistent. :/

Ivan The Mouse
March 4th, 2012, 10:44 AM
My latest blog entry is Cory Doctorow.

The Murder Guide's Intro, Robery Louis Stevenson.

Unfinished Regalia Short Story is still Cory Doctorow.

March 4th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Huh, I didn't think to input an actual academic essay. Apparently my bioethics final is like Cory Doctorow, my Kant final is like Edgar Allan Poe, my Education Analysis final is H.P. Lovecraft, a random short paper I wrote since I missed a quiz one day is like David Foster Wallace, and one of my random writing assignments for my Epistemology class put me like Arthur Conan Doyle.


March 4th, 2012, 06:07 PM
I believe there's a thread like this in the Fanfic's section already. My old posties should still be there.

I wonder how this thing determines your writing style? Keyword-search maybe? It processes these things ridiculously fast, so it's got to be some kind of quick-search criteria.

March 4th, 2012, 06:27 PM
Any mention of 'eldritch' or 'non-Euclidean gemometries' immediately = Lovecraft, then? :p

March 4th, 2012, 06:29 PM
If only that were true. That would imply that my Education Analysis final had those words in them. That'd be so good.

March 4th, 2012, 06:33 PM
I put Ghost in the Shell references into one of my Oxford entry essays. :p

March 4th, 2012, 06:37 PM
So according to this thing I write like Mario Puzo.

Well I do have a thing on common with him tho I doubt its the writing style.

March 4th, 2012, 06:37 PM
I know I used Oreos and Ice Cream in one of my Epistemology papers. :)

March 4th, 2012, 08:47 PM
Normal scene "I write like Valdimir Nabokov"

Umm ok?

Normal scene "I write like William Shakespear"


Action Scene "I write like Chuck Palahniuk"


March 4th, 2012, 09:01 PM
I put the megapost of Extra RP there, and I apparently write like Arthur Clarke.

I would use some of my original writing, but I have most of it in Spanish D:

Ivan The Mouse
March 4th, 2012, 10:35 PM
Normal scene "I write like Valdimir Nabokov"

Umm ok?

Author of "Lolita", comrade.

March 4th, 2012, 11:21 PM
And other fun fiction, but Lolita is the most (in)famous.

March 5th, 2012, 01:53 AM
put in a random scene from Fate/Maharlika chapter 4 and it said I write like James Fenimore Cooper
after dicking around in the interenet i found this:
he wrote The Last of the Mohicans if that were true, then I'm looking at another blockbuster o.o

March 5th, 2012, 08:17 AM
Put in a bunch of short touhou fanfics:
ReimuXMarisa: Dan Browne
ReimuXSakuya: Stephen King
ReimuXSanae: Douglas Adams
ReimuXMima: L. Frank Baum
ReimuXRumia: William Gibson
ReimuXCirno: Kurt Vonnegut

Why yes I did write all of those in the same style.
Also found out something about the way it works - seems it looks for the first sign of a particular writer then ignores the rest. When I put all of them in together, I got Dan Browne, when I put all starting from Sakuya in, I got Stephen King.

March 5th, 2012, 04:29 PM
I write like Chuck Palahniuk.

I don't even know who that is.

EDIT: I looked it up. It's the guy who wrote Fight Club.

EDITED EDIT: Also, I put in some other stuff. It turns out I also write like Oscar Wilde. Odd.

And then I put some erotica in there. It turns out it's still Chuck Palahniuk. Wow, I write porn like I write violence.

March 5th, 2012, 04:56 PM
Apparently, I write like Salinger, Gibson, Doctrow, and Lovecraft....

....my mind's screwed up yo.

March 5th, 2012, 05:00 PM
...I pasted in two chapters I've written for one of my fanfics, and...

Apparently I write like Dan Brown. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing (yes, I know who he is). =P

March 5th, 2012, 05:21 PM
lol, writing like him is okay,writing ​like him is bad. Nah?

March 6th, 2012, 12:48 AM
Apparently I have it in me to write like Charles Dickens. Surprising.

March 8th, 2012, 03:51 AM
"I went home and made paella for dinner; ate leftovers the following day."

>Cory Doctorow


SPARTAN 119 Returns
March 8th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Different paragraphs from a Halo fic got me everything from Dan Brown to Margaret Atwood...

A Higurashi/Condemned 2: Bloodshot crossover got me William Gibson on multiple occasions.

The excerpt from the Homefront/Madoka crossover Homu Front got me Cory Doctorow.

March 8th, 2012, 12:13 PM
I write like H. P. Lovecraft.

That is interesting.

March 8th, 2012, 12:58 PM
Yay! Join the tentacled masses!

March 8th, 2012, 12:59 PM
Yay! Join the tentacled masses!
No wiggling there, Seika? Not very welcoming. XP

March 9th, 2012, 08:22 AM
Homefront/Madoka crossover Homu Front

Link please?

March 9th, 2012, 03:17 PM
Soooo Oscar Wilde, Margaret Atwood, H.P. Lovecraft, and Chuck Palahniuk.

Kind of an interesting combination. :/

March 9th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Hmmm. The latest chapter of LGW is apparently Dan Brown.

Ivan The Mouse
March 10th, 2012, 02:05 PM
This thing likes Dan Brown.

SPARTAN 119 Returns
March 12th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Link please?

I only made a few paragraph excerpt consisting of a random action scene, but here:

Ivan The Mouse
March 12th, 2012, 02:02 AM
I only made a few paragraph excerpt consisting of a random action scene, but here:

Oh boy, I might go writing again.

March 19th, 2012, 07:00 AM
I only made a few paragraph excerpt consisting of a random action scene, but here:

Oh, this one. Too bad there isn't more. Is there?

March 22nd, 2012, 03:43 PM
Pasted in the first bit I used for chapter one of Fellows and got Stephen King.

Then I plugged in the bit I did in chapter 3 based off the Shadow Girls and got Anne Rice.

Then I did the opening part for the next chapter of Rain and got Stephen King again.

Then I did the ending few paragraphs for the last chapter of Steel and got H.P. Lovecraft.

So apparently, a majority of the time I write like a suspense/horror writer.