Yesterday a program called “I Write like” came to my attention through a fellow blogger Three Hundred and Sixty Five called Poetic Justice, so I said, “Wow! I’d like to try that out!”
I did so immediately with my little faery tale “The Mirror” the silly program gave me a turn! Alas it said I wrote like Anne Rice! Now to my mind, Anne Rice writes about vampires and that sort of thing, and after reading one of her books, I said, “Yep, ok!” without much enthusiasm. So to me it seems shocking that I should write like Anne Rice!
So, I said…well, let’s try the poem I wrote this morning, the palindrome, ” Padova Market“. “I want to see if it comes up with Anne Rice now!” In fact, shades of the “Flotsam and Jetsam”! It said I wrote like James Joyce!
So, I told Franci that I would have to write a post on this strange internet program…and to do so, I took one of my original pieces…a post entitled: “Remembering 1954-1955“. Why? Well, easily answered, one of the persons who commented the post said: “A new, modern, american Marcel Proust Very nice!” so a human actually wished to inform me that I write like Marcel Proust, at least there anyway.
I copied and pasted the thing here: I Write Like and guess what! The program says and she shivers as she writes this: I write like Stephen King!!!!
And so, I said…I will feed it my most intimate poem, the un-edited poem I wrote for We Drink Because We Are Poets: Odyssey of Fear to see what it would say. Well, my friends, at least one thing is for sure…it recognized something Italian about me, for it says I write like Mario Puzo.
Oh well…guess the inventors of this program have a little more studying to do…of course it’s a site links you to Amazon once you get the name of the author you write like, it also has an offer to help you become a better writer:
Short Story Writing: A Practical Treatise on the Art of the Short Story By Charles Raymond Barrett, Ph. B.
To tell you the truth, I think I’d prefer to go through life writing like Georgia…
Anyone have a thought or two to share?