I found a really fun website for writers to play with. It’s called I Write Like and you copy and paste a paragraph or two then the website spits out the name of an author your writing resembles. So I submitted paragraphs from several sections of Conscientia, Book 2 of The Seraphym Wars Series, one of my upcoming novels and got these badges:
Needless to say I was thrilled. Then I decided to submit something from a different book of mine. I picked Harpies, Book 3 of the Seraphym Wars Series. I received the following badges depending on where in the book I pulled a paragraph from:
By this time I was completely amused and hooked. If I could really write like any of these awesome authors I would be ecstatic. Lastly I decided to check out Odessa, Book 1 of the Seraphym Wars Series, coming out in April. Here are the badges for paragraphs from the beginning, middle and end of the novel.
Next I submitted most of a short horror story, just for kicks. It is the Free Read on my website Charles Creevey Chops His Sweetie. And the badge I was awarded was:
How exciting! I LOVE Stephen King's work. Go to http://rryalsrussell.com and read it for yourself, see if you think I Write Like is close to being right. Even if it’s not, it’s something to strive toward. By the time I'd run all of this through the site I had been compared to JK Rowling three times and JRR Tolkien four times. Since they were the two authors' works I held in my head while writing, maybe I came close after all. There was only one author I would have enjoyed seeing and didn't. Ernest Hemingway. I try hard to write in a sparse style with short sentences and well-chosen words, like he did. Apparently, I'm not there yet. See what you think.