The idea: paste in a sample of your writing and a secret, magically scientific algorithm will tell you which famous writer you, well, write like.
Not that I expected them to tell me that my writing was like a 3rd grader’s, but I was a little surprised by my writing style soul mates.
Apparently, this blog is David Foster Wallace-esque. I know practically nothing about Wallace, except that other authors love him. So, I suppose, the fact that I write like him is a good thing. But I’ve always been under the impression that he’s a writer’s writer. Great writing, but practically no one outside of writing knows about him. Please, correct me if I’m wrong.
On the flip side, Julia is more inline with Stephen King – a writer for everyone. Writer’s love him (and his On Writing) and readers love him and Hollywood loves him and movie-goers love him. I even heard someplace, sometime ago, that high schoolers who read King did better on their SATs, so educators must love him, too. So, Julia is like Kings’ stuff…minus the clowns, cars or hotels.
I’m a writer solely for literati and for the masses.
Give I Write Like a whirl and let me know who you stack up against.
And perhaps, in order to find out a little bit more about myself, I should add Wallace’s Infinite Jest to my reading list…right after W&P.