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Writing the Elfyverse . . . and beyond

Tried “I Write Like . . . “

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. . . which is a site which purports to say which famous writer your style is the closest to — and I got David Foster Wallace.  This guy was a major icon, and he was most concerned with irony — his last book completed before his death was called Infinite Jest.  And he also believed fiction was meant to make us “feel less alone inside” — I saw an interview he did with Charlie Rose where he said that.

The other thing David Foster Wallace has in common with me is that he wrote fiction and nonfiction and he didn’t let genre boundaries bother him whatsoever.   He had a passionate interest in politics (so do I) and he suffered from bouts of depression his entire life from what I’ve been able to tell.  (I’ve read about David Foster Wallace before; when he committed suicide in ’08 it was a shocking, stunning blow to the literary world who’d embraced Mr. Wallace even as he made fun of them.  One thing I can say for the literary folks — they knew quality when they saw it, even if it did come in a way that probably made them manifestly uncomfortable.)

Btw, to see who I compared to, I posted the most recent section of AN ELFY ABROAD, then posted an early section of ELFY, then posted yet another section of KEISHA’S VOW.   I got David Foster Wallace, David Foster Wallace, J.K. Rowling (for some of KEISHA’S VOW; the earlier and later parts of KV to date also came up as David Foster Wallace), James Joyce (for my novella in progress, “The Gift,” which is not Elfyverse), and finally one of my other stories in progress came up with Dan Brown.  My husband’s stories (with my additions) came up with Margaret Atwood — if this site is at all accurate, that makes me feel better about what I’m doing because they, at least, see a cognate to what I’m doing (and to what Michael did, for that matter) even if I haven’t managed to yet sell an agent or publisher on it as of yet.

Read about David Foster Wallace (via Wikipedia; best I could come up with on short notice) at this link:

Here’s the link to the  badge which proves what came up most:

And just in case any of you want to try “I Write Like,” please go to:

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 16, 2010 at 2:34 am

Posted in Writing

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  1. Post only half-seriously meant, mind. (And I’m not sure which half, either.)


    July 16, 2010 at 2:34 am

  2. Huh… says Wraithkin is written in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut. Corruptor reads like Dan Brown (boo!). Christian Cole comes out like Stephen King.

    I wonder if it’s just pulling authors from midair, because that is a very wide range of authors. If not, does that mean my style swings more than Austin Powers?


    July 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    • I agree with you, Jason . . . it seems rather unlikely, doesn’t it? (I also don’t think Michael’s writing was much like Margaret Atwood’s, but that’s who they came up with for him.)

      I really don’t know if “I Write Like” is worth anything besides a party favor-type game — but it amused me.

      I tend to think you write like yourself, and I write like me. 😉 And someday, people will be saying, “Hey! I write like . . . ” and they’ll be calling our names out instead. 😉


      July 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

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