I Write Like?

July 17, 2010

C. J. Stegall-Evans

Yesterday I read an article on the Los Angeles Times  url about website called I Write Like. The premise of IWL is the participant paste a writing sample in a space provided and submits it for analysis. The analysis tells the participant the famous writer with which they share a writing style.

I find this whole idea so amusing, especially since famous writers have used it only to find out they did not write like themselves, yikes! I woke thinking about this new website I decided to give it a try.

I submitted three of my article with three different moods of writing to see if I would get three different answers. The results are as follows:   

Write to Listen to Your Own Voice _ I write like David Foster Wallace. 

Quiet Spaces - I write like Dan Brown.

Confessions of a Reformed Plant Killer -


I write like
Charles Dickens

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


All in all, I rather enjoyed my visit to IWL. The analysis cannot be taken seriously but it will lift your spirits if you are suffering writer’s block or just want a pick me up. Take that fine advice from a writer who has been compared to Dickens.


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