The other day I accidentally came across a site called, http://iwritelike.com/ On this site you submit a sample of your writing and the site compares your writing style to successful authors. Now I've been accused of having an old fashioned style of writing, which is hardly surprising as I am in my seventies and learned to write in the nineteen forties and fifties so I tend to write in sentences rather than text. I was brought up reading Charles Dickens, HG Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle, so I expected to be compared to some obscure nineteenth century author. Instead I was compared to a writer named Cory Doctrow. Now to my shame I had no idea who Cory Doctrow was. I wasn't even sure if Cory Doctrow was a man or a woman until I did a little research. To my surprise he was not a nineteenth century writer, as I expected, but born in 1971, the year I was married.
It appears that Cory is a Canadian blogger, journalist, and science fiction author so no comparisons with content, but he has won many awards so perhaps there is still a chance for me yet?
- 2000 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
- 2004 Locus Award for Best First Novel for Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
- 2004 Sunburst Award for A Place So Foreign and Eight More
- 2006 Locus Award for Best Novelette for "I, Robot"
- 2007 Locus Award for Best Novelette for "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth"
- 2007 The Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award
- For Little Brother
- 2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award
- 2009 Prometheus Award
- 2009 Sunburst Award
- 2009 White Pine Award
- For Homeland
- 2014 Prometheus Award