2 March 2011

Displacement Activities R Us

You know how it is, some days writing well is like pulling teeth, and some days writing at all is... So I succumbed to the dreaded Displacement Activity. I've done the dusting, and I refuse to clean behind the cooker with a toothbrush, so I thought I'd while away a few minutes on a writing analyser.

If you've not come across these try I Write Like which states that it analyses word choice and writing style and compares the sample text against the great and the good. Now, I know I don't like to be pigeonholed, but...

Chapters 1 & 2 of Beneath The Shining Mountains was compared to the writing of Ursula K le Guin. [Er... right.]

Chapters 1 & 2 of Hostage of the Heart was compared to the writing of Gertrude Stein. [I'm speechless]

The Prologue of Torc of Moonlight was compared to the writing of Jack London, Chapter 1 to James Joyce. [James Joyce??]

A second opinion is needed here, methinks, so I tried inputting the Prologue and Chapter 1 of Torc of Moonlight into I Actually Write Like. The result?

"I actually write like someone about to go on a killing spree."

Now that I might believe. But I won't be sporting the accompanying dog turd on my blog, thank you. Not today, anyway. I'll just quit this displacement activity and get on with the writing.

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