Here is one of the smartest sites I have found in some time. It’s called “I Write Like” and what it does is compare your writing to that of other writers, probably much more famous and successful than you! The site is http://iwl.me/.
It’s very simple. You paste a few paragraphs of your writing into the provided space, then click “analyze” and – through the magic of algorithms and god knows what – you get a badge telling you that you write like Scott Fitzgerald or Philip Roth.
I plugged one of my recent City Paper columns into I Write Like and was told that my text sounded like William Gibson, the futuristic author of Neuromancer, among other novels. Huh?
A few paragraphs of my fiction reminded the I Write Like computer of Dan Brown, mega-author of absurd Vatican thrillers, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, etc. Am I supposed to take that as a compliment?
According to the New York Times, the site’s traffic has soared in recent days and its arrival has lit up the blogosphere. Gawker tried a transcript from one of the leaked Mel Gibson phone calls. The suggested author: Margaret Atwood