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    What Kind of Writer are You?

    Kind of a fun, if a bit silly, quiz at the Oxford Dictionaries web site:

    What kind of writer are you? | OxfordWords blog

    I'm an "Ernest Hemingway."
    "You can pretty much do anything if you can seduce the reader into it." -Ellen Kushner

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    You’re a Vladimir Nabokov. You chose esoteric and technical words that would drive most readers straight to their nearest dictionary. Other novelists known for their use of obscure or difficult language are Thomas Pynchon and Zadie Smith. A career in academia or science writing might suit your tastes.
    Opps! Perhaps a little too close to the truth... but I work in a University so perhaps its rubbing off on me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CupofJoe View Post
    Opps! Perhaps a little too close to the truth...
    Nabokov is one of my favorites, so good for you
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    I object. The options are too limited. My favourite word for the place where a person lives is lair, thank you very much.

    Also, it doesn't consider the variations in your answers, just which alternative got the highest percentage in the end.
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    Mmmm.....

    You’re a William Faulkner. You chose flowery and formal words commonly used by literary novelists and poets. Other writers known for florid diction are F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Eliot, and Edgar Allan Poe. You dream of Nobel Prizes and National Book Awards every night.

    er... no, I don't dream of those sorts of things...
    Explore the power of your imagination...

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    You’re an Ernest Hemingway. You chose clear and unflashy words that get right to the point. Other writers known for this style are George Orwell and Raymond Carver. Try your hand at a six-word memoir, consider a career in journalism, and maintain an active Twitter account.

    Alrighty then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steerpike View Post
    Kind of a fun, if a bit silly, quiz at the Oxford Dictionaries web site:

    What kind of writer are you? | OxfordWords blog

    I'm an "Ernest Hemingway."
    Snap, I ended up with him as well lol

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    You’re a Toni Morrison. You chose informal or slang words that indicate a preference for writing in the vernacular. Other novelists known for their informal prose are Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, and J.D. Salinger. If novel writing isn’t your cup of tea, dabble in some blogging or draft a dialogue-heavy script for film or television.

    Yeah, that sounds about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yachtcaptcolby View Post
    You’re a Toni Morrison. You chose informal or slang words that indicate a preference for writing in the vernacular. Other novelists known for their informal prose are Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, and J.D. Salinger. If novel writing isn’t your cup of tea, dabble in some blogging or draft a dialogue-heavy script for film or television.
    This is what it tells me too. Shrug...
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    You’re a William Faulkner. You chose flowery and formal words commonly used by literary novelists and poets. Other writers known for florid diction are F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Eliot, and Edgar Allan Poe. You dream of Nobel Prizes and National Book Awards every night.
    Other than the fact that I dislike reading Faulkner, I have to agree with the assessment. However, I don't dream about awards every night.
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