At any rate, recently when I was procrastinating via the internet, I ran across a writing analyzer that will tell you which famous author you write like. Excellent! I decided to run an experiment to see if I consistently write like the same author and so selected various pieces of writing to run through the analyzer. Here's the results.
Writing Selection #1: An excerpt from the YA novel I am currently editing. It is in first person and my narrator is a pretty snarky 16 year-old girl.
Writing Selection #2: An excerpt from another novel I have in the works. This one is geared at a slightly younger audience -- tweens of both genders, I'm thinking -- and is in third person. The MC is an 11-year-old boy who doesn't really know what's going on a lot of the time.
Selection #3: I decided to switch to a short story and selected Dog Universe which is told in first person, present tense -- something rare for me -- and remains one of my favorite stories that I've ever written.
Selection #4: Since I've had the most success publishing my flash fiction, I thought I would take my short short The Rope and use it for the next selection. This is a rather dark piece that tends to make a lot of people who read it uncomfortable.
Selection #5: Okay, so for my final selection I decided to turn to my first ever novel, which is unique in that it is more of a "novel in stories". I selected the first story -- a third person literary story with stays pretty close to the 30-something, female MC -- and got my result. Then I decided as an added layer to the experiment, I would take two more stories from the manuscript and try them both separately from the first in an attempt to test both my consistency as a writer and the analyzer's consistency. I was pleased to see I got the same results for all three stories.
So, in true scientific fashion, now that the process of the experiment is done, I need a conclusion. I have to say, I am pleased that I came up with different results with every selection, except in the last case where I chose selections from the same longer work and thus wanted my result to be consistent since I hoped the voice was consistent for all three selections. In conclusion, I think that the fact that the analyzer chose vastly different authors to compare my writing to ultimately means one thing:
Happy Writing, all!