Cool site analyzes your writing, and tells who you write like.

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I found this site earlier today and found it interesting. You paste in a sample of your writing and the site analyzes it and informs you which notable author your style most resembles. They also give you some code to paste into your blog to display the results.

Probably just a means to sell amazon books, but neato just the same. Here's the link:

I Write Like

BTW, it told me I write like David Foster Wallace:

Amazon.com: David Foster Wallace: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Whom I've now heard of...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    That is interesting!

    Here's what I found - depending on the niche I'm writing for...the author compared to me is different.

    Looked carefully and I am writing in different styles for several main niches...though I've never given it any thought.

    Kurt Vonnegut
    Arthur C Clark
    Margaret Atwood
    Ian Fleming

    I'm in good company!

    kay
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I tried two samples. The first said I wrote like David Foster Wallace. I checked him out and he killed himself in 08.

    The other was Stephen King. Wowza! :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      LOL - Tried a couple old off the cuff musing articles sitting on my computer.....oh my!

      J.R.R. Tolkien
      Edger Allen Poe
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    • Profile picture of the author Ross Bowring
      I write body copy like Leo Tolstoy. But then I knew that already.

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  • Profile picture of the author KathyK
    Cory Doctorow - that was a travel-writing piece.

    Stephen King - that was a rant. (Though not about anything supernatural!)
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    • Profile picture of the author Gale10
      Originally Posted by KathyK View Post

      Cory Doctorow - that was a travel-writing piece.

      Stephen King - that was a rant. (Though not about anything supernatural!)

      I got Cory Doctorow as well. It was a relationship piece. Then Edgar Allan Poe for a pet article. Well chuffed!

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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    I write like Raymond Chandler, never read any of his work but he's apparently writes crime thrillers and detective stories. Anybody fancy some scary content written on the dogs niche? :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author David Babineau
      Thanks for sharing. Tried 10 samples...

      50% Cory Doctorow
      20% David Foster Wallace
      10% Dan Brown
      10% Stephenie Meyer
      10% Margaret Atwood

      Don't know if that's good or bad (I guess if I could make 10% of Dan Brown makes, I think I could live with that )

      Ross - I'm so jealous of you, I love Tolstoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Dhuli
    Hmm, interesting!

    But does it really analyze and compare your writing style
    or only rotate different writers' names in a cycle?



    - Dean


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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Murdaugh
    Dean,

    Are you suggesting this may just be a clever viral tool to generate traffic? That's craziness

    Seriously though, how could it even compare you to other writers?

    It's a neat concept and I'm not trying to be negative, but it's just clever viral marketing at work...

    What writer/blogger/marketer wouldn't be curious and check it out? They've got the viral part of it down... Easy posting to Facebook, Twitter, etc...

    They're building a list. And they're driving a ton of traffic (43k+ links and in the Alexa top 100k).

    Smart marketing... And even though I personally think it's just a novelty, it did say I write like Dan Brown, who's one of my favorite authors. Pretty cool idea.

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  • Profile picture of the author nursewriter
    I checked it out and put in some of my fiction that I have in the works. Tried it about 6 different times my results were.

    J.K. Rowling
    Stephen King
    Dan Brown

    Can you imagine what kind of book I could write if I really had the writing chops of these three authors?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Fladlien
      For giggles I took excerpts from actual writers like Stephen King, Vonnegut, etc. and put them in to see if the "writes like" matched. It worked for me every time, so maybe there is some decent calcuating going on.

      I expected to paste in Stephen King and see "you write like David Foster Wallace"
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  • Profile picture of the author erinwrites
    I tried this four times and got 1 Lewis Carrol, 2 David Foster Wallaces and 1 Stephen King. I'm not sure what to do with all of that.

    If you haven't seen, this yet, it should give you quite a giggle (it was sent to me on Twitter): http://i.imgur.com/7CbbQ.jpg
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  • Profile picture of the author AngelMira
    Fun!! I write like Harry Harrison =D
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  • Profile picture of the author cassey
    Well, that's really interesting and amazing to know that there is a website who will analyze my writing piece ^_^...
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Wilson
    Thanks for sharing, this is really cool. I have shared this with my team mates
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    • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
      Funny tool.

      I tried 3 samples, every time I ended up being a Cory Doctorow clone.

      Is that good?

      :p

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  • Profile picture of the author aftermath
    I got Kurt Vonnegut!! :-)
    Tweeted the link.

    Thanks for the share Nebraska.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    Cory Doctorow (x2)
    David Foster Wallace
    Dan Brown
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  • Profile picture of the author webfighter
    Tried only a single sample and I write like Dan Brown...
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    It probably runs by looking at the number of words your sample is
    and analyzing which words you used.

    This method was used a long time ago to try to establish whether
    or not Shakespeare and Sir Francis Bacon were the same guy
    (it found they weren't I believe). This was before PC computers,
    maybe in the punchcard days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    I pasted in a poem by Charles Bukowski and it said he writes
    like Cory Doctorow.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrFresh
    hmm.. William Gibson... Never heard of him..
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      • Profile picture of the author Marc Rodill
        Lol...

        I got William Gibson for an embellished dream story about myself I wrote a couple months ago. And Chuck Palahniuk for a marketing piece I've been working on... hmm...

        Well I'm satisfied.

        Edit: But mostly it made me realize how much I haven't been writing... hmm...
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        • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
          Cory Doctorow - From a sales letter I just wrote and 7 blog posts
          Dan Brown - 1 blog post
          David Foster Wallace - Squeeze Page
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  • Profile picture of the author vadalynnsmith
    Woah! I in my recent blog post, I write like Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft - was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction. hihihi!
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  • Profile picture of the author lazysloth
    Cory Doctorow who ever he is : )
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    • Profile picture of the author dorothydot
      Stephen King.

      Well, I've always known my strong points are vivid word images and compelling scenarios!

      Dot

      PS - Guess that's a good style for "selling the magic of a dream".
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  • Profile picture of the author simon0803
    Not too sure about this...tried a number of articles I had sitting on the hard disk,

    results I write like,
    Dan Brown
    David Foster Wallace,
    Ray Bradbury,
    Cory Doctorow,
    Gertrude Stein,
    Margeret Atwood.

    Thought I wrote them all pretty much the same. Can anyone let me know if the above writers all had similar styles?

    Fun to test, wonder which of the above writes the best converting articles?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rigmonkey
    H.P. Lovecraft (twice) and David Foster Wallace from 3 samples.

    I'm gutted! I wanted to be Enid Blyton!
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  • Profile picture of the author iobeek
    I write like James Joyce

    Pretty cool
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianDowns
    Entered 5 different articles and it was unanimous:

    Cory Doctorow every time...
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