I have not been so tempted but the following piece might give some who are thinking of taking the leap an idea of how they might fare in the world of books. The results of my test left me laughing and scratching my head.
In July I posted information about a website, I WRITE LIKE, that is funny and, if one is not careful, can become an obsession.
The website, http://www.iwl.me (www.IWriteLike.ME), provides an area in which original material can be typed or a writing sample can be pasted from another site. Hit “analyze” and you will learn what established and respected writer shares your writing style.
The results can be baffling. I took excerpts from reviews I wrote and posted on this blog. The comments that were analyzed were mine, not the authors. Take a look at the reviews and see if you can understand the connection. I can’t. Here are the results:
SHOOTERS & CHASERS Lenny Kleinfeld Edger Allan Poe
ASSASSINS OF ATHENS Jeffrey Siger James Joyce
FACES OF THE GONE Brad Parks Poe again
ECHOES OF THE DEAD Johan Theorin Kurt Vonnegut
CITY OF LOST GIRLS Declan Hughes Isaac Asimov
BREATHING WATER Timothy Hallinan Arthur Clark (2001)
THE DARKEST ROOM Johan Theorin Daniel Defoe
SHOOTERS & CHASERS is a mystery that is also very funny. Poe means THE TELL-TALE HEART, not a mystery and definitely not funny.
ASSASSINS OF ATHENS is a terrific mystery set in an ancient (and sunny and warm) city. Just about everything Joyce wrote is a mystery to everyone who tried to read it but Dublin will never be described as sunny and warm (even with global warming it will probably be just more rainy). And Jeff Siger writes in easily understood sentences.
FACES OF THE GONE is a mystery whose protagonist is a reporter. Poe had many jobs so maybe he worked for a newspaper as well.
CITY OF LOST GIRLS is set in Hollywood and Dublin; the Hollywood part could count as science fiction so Asimov could fit there. Asimov also wrote a few collections of short stories that were mysteries.
BREATHING WATER is set in present day Bangkok. I can’t imagine how anything I wrote could possible connect me to Arthur Clark. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY has nothing to do with anything in the real world.
ECHOES OF THE DEAD and THE DARKEST ROOM, both written by Johan Theorin, elicited the most interesting results. My comments on ECHOES OF THE DEAD were compared to Kurt Vonnegut, while the comments on THE DARKEST ROOM were compared to Daniel Defoe.
If you have given thought to writing a book, check out your style. Maybe a contract is in your future.