What kind of writer are you?

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Here is my weekly installment of “writing about writing,” in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help writers. Today I focus on a website that reveals the kind of writer you are.

My friend Sue recently made an interesting post on her Facebook page. It was a link to the blog page for Oxford Dictionaries, featuring an online quiz. The quiz’s purpose? To compare your style to that of another (more famous) writer.

I took the quiz (it’s super easy — 11 questions, each giving you a choice of four synonyms),  and was shocked to be told I was an Ernest Hemingway. I don’t even like his writing very much! On the plus side, two other writers known for this style are George Orwell and Raymond Carver. (Phew!)

My friend was compared to Toni Morrison — or Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, or J.D. Salinger. (Way to go, Sue!)

I don’t take this stuff very seriously, but it’s good fun and interesting to think about it. Why don’t you give it a try, too. Let me know if you do it!

By the way, the site offers three other quizes that also look entertaining:

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