I Write Like Who?

David_Foster_Wallace_headshot_2006One blog leads to another it seems.  I could spend the entire day reading other people’s blogs and visiting other blogs they have links to but one blogging journey today set me on the path of a writer I had never heard of and I concept I hadn’t given much thought, “who do I write like”.

When my thoughts start to hit paper (or computer screen) that is just the way it is.  The words you get are pretty much the words I’m thinking though I take a little care about  grammar and spelling and check to see if have repeated myself.  And yes, from time to time, I begin to drift in my thoughts and the original thought begins to fade.

Returning to the “who do you write like” thought, I present to you, David Foster Wallace.  This man’s name and work are a complete mystery to me though I believe I will now have to explore his best seller, Infinite Jest.  I not only didn’t know who he is/was and that I write like him but the whole concept of being able to identify someone’s writing style with a few short paragraphs fascinates me.

Tis clear my speech lacks the prose and wit of my dear friend Hamlet.  My heart could not rhyme for thee, two words or even three.  My thoughts could not a sonnet make if all the world and heaven shake.  (Wanna Be Shakespear)

Enough of that.

If I could decide to write like someone who would it be.  Some strange combination of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte and Hemmingway I suppose, though I’m not sure I could be quite as crass as Hemmingway, as lofty as Dickens or as emotional as Bronte.

Truth be told I am not a huge reader of fiction.  I get far too distracted with philosophy and mystics.  It would be my dream come true to spend a year in some secluded cabin beside a lake with all the classics piled around me, a bottomless pot of stew with biscuits, butter, jam and a good light to read by.

I decided to try again on the “You Write Like” page with another piece of my work and got someone else I had never heard of, William Gibson.  I’ve now decided this imaginative little piece of marketing which analyses writing style is similar to the handwriting analysis booth at the local annual fall fair. It is a way to get you to spend money.  In this case the opportunity to learn to be a better writer and to buy more books on Amazon.

It was all fun and took me to a journaling link that looks interesting too.  Thanks to “blabberwodkying” for this interesting foray into another realm of blogging.  He always has fun stuff to read.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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One Response to I Write Like Who?

  1. Kelli says:

    holy wow, I got Cory Doctorow who I adore. I’m flattered and suspicious all in one 😉 thanks for the “You Write Like” link that was fun!

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