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Writing on Writing

Ganked from several by now; sharing mostly because the results amuse me.

I write like
Ian Fleming

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

Now, I have never read any of the Bond books, so who knows? Maybe it's true, from a stylistic point of view. But I got this by running through a chunk of Far Across the Sand and the Sea, which is not exactly an action thriller.

Then I had it analyze my last blog entry. And, well...

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

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

Okay then.

At least this is the perfect segue to something I was planning on doing anyway: The 30 Days of Writing meme, which is not ganked from anyone really, except for the general "30 Days of ____" meme mania that's been going around LJ and DW both. I've been wanting to write more regularly anyway, and of the "30 Days" memes this is the one that most appeals to me. The questions aren't really ideal for a fanfic writer, but I figure I can stretch and adapt them in ways that make sense. And if someone is going to define my writing, it might as well be me, not a random text box on the Internet.

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?
13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)
17. Favorite protagonist and why!
18. Favorite antagonist and why!
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
26. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

This entry is also posted at http://owlmoose.dreamwidth.org/480019.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments on DW.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 13th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
That writing analysis thingie distresses me. My older stuff turns up as Oscar Wilde (come now, I'm not that witty), and recent work all turns up as Isaac Asimov.

Hmph. My writing may be a little clunky, but MY CHARACTERS ARE NOT MADE OF CARDBOARD.


Congrats on the Lovecraft. That takes...er...talent?

I like those 30 days questions. Thinky thoughts.

Edited at 2010-07-13 06:09 am (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I really want to know how that thing works, because it cannot possibly be analyzing the actual content. Word choice, sentence structure, what else?

Aww, but I like Asimov. As a short story writer, anyway.

I think I saw someone on DW get Dan Brown for their academic writing. Now that I *would* take as an insult.
Jul. 13th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Using 4-5 paragraphs from each author:

Isaac Asimov writes like HP Lovecraft. (Apparently deleting half of such text makes it James Joyce, though. Which I really don't -- but ok.)
HP Lovecraft writes like PG Wodehouse
PG Wodehouse writes like Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens writes like Charles Dickens! Finally.

Fun but not so valid!
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)

If I had time I would totally do more of these.
Jul. 13th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
I do enjoy Lovecraft's short stories. I think I may have to do this Meme. except I think I'll shrink it to one day.
Jul. 13th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
I analyzed a piece from a Harry Potter fanfic I wrote, and it said I wrote like JK Rowling; then I analyzed a piece from one of the high school AU ficlets I wrote, it said I wrote like Arthur Conan Doyle; lastly, I analyzed one of my blog posts (just me rambling) and it said I wrote like Vladimir Nabokov.

I really want to know what algorithm it's using to determine these things!
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
I saw a post on DW (didn't save the link though) that proved it was some sort of keyword matching thing -- she wrote up some bad prose, ran it through several times with nothing but a name changed, and got different authors depending on the name. This experiment, along with the one 3_2_1 ran above, puts the validity of the algorithm in serious doubt. ;)
Jul. 13th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the repeated uses of words like Snape, Hermione, and Hogwarts is what tipped my first result to Rowling and not anything actually related to my style. :)
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