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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:13 pm
This morning, my nephew posted on Facebook something that discouraged him. He had used an app called "I Write Like . . ." and the answer for him was Dan Brown.

Well, I could not resist.

I ran a short story I had written for NPR's first 3-minute short story contest. The analyzer came up with Vladimir Nabokov.

I had never read a word of Nabokov but I was encouraged.

I sent another story through. Stephen King. Really?

Then a third. James Joyce. Hmmmm. The first story was so much more Joycean.

Then another Stephen King. Maybe, I am consistent.

I found I couldn't resist and, several hours later, I ran an essay through. Edgar Allan Poe.

Try your own work! All you need is : iwl.me


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plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:16 pm
I just threw in a piece I am not very fond of and got Nabokov again.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:18 pm
@plainoldme,
You must be horror struck or your mind is encumbered with tales of horror if you write like Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen King was a school teacher before being a famous horror story writer. Nabokov wrote about forbidden love: Lolita. James Joyce wrote The Great Gatsby.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:22 pm
@talk72000,
YEah, and both Stevie and Eddie had drinking problems, which I don't. Try the analyzer out. It's fun!

Simone de Beauvoir was a huge fan of Poe's and she couldn't understand why Americans don't respect him more. The story was very unPoe-like.
talk72000
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:24 pm
@plainoldme,
I probably write like Henry Miller "The Tropic of Cancer'. No, just joking. I don't write well. Mr. Green
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:29 pm
@talk72000,
Talk. I think you meant F Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. Not picking on you. Just being helpful.
talk72000
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:34 pm
@edgarblythe,
Yes, you are right. Was James Joyce the one who wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover?

I actually have The Great Gatsby in my shelf.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:38 pm
@talk72000,
Joyce wrote Finnegan's Wake, Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist as a Young man

Lady Chatterley's lover is by D H Lawrence
talk72000
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:45 pm
@edgarblythe,
Thanks. I need to read James Joyce. I used to read a lot of mystery stuff like Agatha Christie and also smut.

You wouldn't believe it but I used to read Ayn Rand.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:55 pm
@talk72000,
I read Rand. Even subscribed to her newsletter (in the 1960s). Fell out of love almost as quickly as in.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 07:58 pm
When I first tackled Ulysses, I was dazzled, but could not get through it. It took several more years to get into the book and really gain from the experience. I occasionally dip into it even these days.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:08 pm
I'm currently learning cursive, I hope to improve my tersive.
realjohnboy
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:28 pm
I typed in something I posted on A2K on July 4th. It was, perhaps, typical of my writing style.
The so-called "analysis" came back as Kurt Vonnegot.
I may try it again with a few paragraphs from the old "Goth Boy Called Today" stories from back in the hey day of A2K writing. I actually spent time on those.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:29 pm
All my pencils are for left handers and the points are on the wrong end. Fortunately, you don't need to know cursive or anything else with a good keyboard.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:32 pm
@realjohnboy,
realjohnboy wrote:

I typed in something I posted on A2K on July 4th. It was, perhaps, typical of my writing style.
The so-called "analysis" came back as Kurt Vonnegot.
I may try it again with a few paragraphs from the old "Goth Boy Called Today" stories from back in the hey day of A2K writing. I actually spent time on those.
goth boy was good
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:35 pm
It said I write like James Joyce. I was hoping for Steinbeck.
Mame
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:35 pm
@dyslexia,
Good luck with that.

Apparently I write like David Foster Wallace and Stephen King. Weird.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:37 pm
@edgarblythe,
When I was in high school, then in grad school, Fitzgerald was in eclipse and no one read him. People actually read Zelda then.

I had to teach Great Gatsby, so I read it. I was amazed by how close it was to the movie with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. I saw it with a man who was an acting student who hadn't read the book either. He hated the movie so much he kept asking me if we could leave.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:38 pm
@realjohnboy,
Vonnegut is good.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 08:41 pm
@plainoldme,
I recall reading that, one year, Fitzgerald's royalties totaled something like $5.
 

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