I was playing around on the internet and stumbled upon the website “I write like” (https://iwl.me/) and had a bit of a play to see who it would match me with. After sticking in a few of my recent posts I am apparently a mixture of Anne Rice and HP Lovecraft.
I was unaware that my missives on beds, babies, and office temperatures was in the same genre of Interview with the Vampire and At the Mountains of Madness. Is there something similar in my rantings to the gothic imagery of Anne Rice or the impending horror of Lovecraft?
There is the obvious comparison between the metaphysical musings of Lestat and my thoughts on raising a baby dinosaur. We are both parents after all, granted my daughter wasn’t created by biting someone’s neck, and we both would have Tom Cruise play us in a movie.
In some of my writing there is a hidden sense of horror similar to Lovecraft, whereas he would omit certain details to create a sense of dread of Cthulu I just forget to make a point or to include important details. It’s not a narrative device it is just lazy writing.
As I ran more posts through “I write like” I started to get Cory Doctorow, Mary Shelley, Margaret Atwood and Ernest Hemingway. Maybe this is reflective of the eclectic variance in both post topics and style. I can’t say that, even after so many years, I have identified how I want to write. Do I want to be funny or serious, should I write about my life or just make stuff up. Am I geeky enough or am I too geeky?
In the end I think I write like a lot of people and that means it is both not my voice, but also it is. I am influenced by all the suggested muses for my plagiaristic style. I am the sum of these writers and all those I read, as a result I can’t choose one favourite as I can’t unpick my own writing from theirs.