Maybe you’re one of those people who reads books and thinks to yourself, “I can write better than this.” Or maybe you have fantasized about being your favorite novelist. If this sounds like you, then you should check out I Write Like, a website that matches your writing with that of a famous author.
All you have to do is go to the site and enter in a sample of your writing (it suggests you submit at least several paragraphs). Its algorithm will match you with a famous writer based on word choice and stylistic features such as the number of colons, semicolons, and words in each sentence.
The website was created in 2010 by software developer Dmitry Chestnykh. It gained popularity after Gawker posted an article in which it claimed that the algorithm compared one of Mel Gibson’s infamous rants to the writing of Margaret Atwood. Atwood then went on to try out the website for herself and was matched with Stephen King. So don’t take the results too seriously.
And don’t expect any definitive matches here. I submitted two writing samples and got completely different results. The first time it said I write like Cory Doctorow, the science-fiction author and co-editor of the website Boing Boing, and the second time it said I write like Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series. But if you have some time to kill, then indulge your authorial fantasies and try out I Write Like for yourself!
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