I tried this new tool that has been causing a major buzz on the internet for the last couple of days, “I Write Like”. I pasted a whole blog entry in the box (but you can choose to paste just a few paragraphs) clicked submit and the result said I write like David Foster Wallace.
Cool! But who is David Foster Wallace? Let me google him up before anyone stones me to death for being such a literary ignoramus. Hey, I read a different genre of books… more on the self-help and finance related titles. Think Suze Orman, Robert Kiyosaki and Rhonda Byrne type of books.
Anyway, I checked out the other blog entries of people who have tried their hand with the I Write Like “analyzer” and I did find one who was clever enough to post writings of well-known authors just to see if the analyzer will be accurate enough to identify them based on their own writings. Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?
Based on this blogger’s experiment, I Write Like correctly identified 14 of 30 classic authors, thus giving it an accuracy rating of (only) 47%.
So much for all that buzz. Paul, the Psychic Octopus, had a far better batting average of 7 for 7… that’s a whopping 100%.
However, if you just want the simple joys of knowing (and believing) that you write like famous author, go and give I Write Like a try.