Saturday, July 17, 2010

Who Do You Write Like?

Curious which famous author your writing most closely resembles? Check out this fun, and decidedly quirky website, I Write Like.

All you need to do is enter a few paragraphs of your own writing, and let the site analyze it, spitting out the name of your supposed literary kin.

Here's the scoop from the Associated Press:
I Write Like Erupts Online, Authors Scratch Heads

NEW YORK — For anyone who has ever thought Charles Dickens was lurking inside his or her prose, a new website claims it can find your inner author.

The recently launched I Write Like has one simple gimmick: You paste a few paragraphs that exemplify your writing, then click "analyze" and — poof! — you get a badge telling you that you write like Stephen King or Ernest Hemingway or Chuck Palahniuk.

The site's traffic has soared in recent days and its arrival has lit up the blogosphere. Gawker tried a transcript from one of the leaked Mel Gibson phone calls. The suggested author: Margaret Atwood.

The New Yorker found that an invitation to a birthday party was James Joycean. Many others were aghast to discover they wrote similarly to "The Da Vinci Code" scribe Dan Brown.

The New York Times tried putting in actual novels, such as "Moby-Dick." Herman Melville, it turns out, writes less like himself than King, according to I Write Like.

Atwood, herself, tried the site only to discover she also apparently writes like King. "Who knew?" she tweeted.

Eager to try out this kooky new tool, I copied and pasted a few paragraphs from one of three books I've been working on and presto! It turns out I write like Stephenie Meyer. Hmn, curious, since there isn't a vamp or a werewolf in the entire thing!


  1. I tried it with a blog entry of mine, and it told me Jane Austen. Rather happy with that, but figured it was a bit fixed or such, because the blog entry I used, the very last one, was all about a list of Jane Austen books I planned on using during a Austen challenge. So. . . think it's a wee bit fixed. But given I was quite happy with the result, haven't wanted to try it again! LOL


  2. Lois,

    LOL! I know. I figured I'd stop at Stephenie Meyer. Jane Austen, what a nice analysis for you!!


  3. Aileen, thanks for the link. I'll head over and see who my writing resembles. Hmm, wouldn't you love to have Stephanie Meyer's income? Maybe you do already, but I'd certainly like it. Good luck with your sales.

  4. Aileen, that was fun. Two of my books are like Stephen King and one like James Joyce. I feel smarter already. LOL Thanks for the fun.


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