So there’s this new sorta-craze going around the Interwebz, in the form of the writing comparison website I Write Like. The premise: You copy-paste a chunk of your writing, anything more than a few paragraphs for the sake of obtaining “reliable results”, then hit the conveniently named “Analyze” button. Within moments, the service displays the name of whatever prominent writer whose writings your own style most resembles.
I’d already heard a fair amount about I Write Like (let’s just say that Roger Ebert is not a fan) and wasn’t expecting anything truly in the realm of accuracy (or “reliability”) when I decided to use it for the heck of it. And so, whom do I Write Like?
If we analyze the last three paragraphs from this Fail Quote blog post from yesterday:
How about the last three paragraphs from this post regarding the failures of scientific education in US schools, also from yesterday:
All right, then; how about some of my actual creative writing? From Chapter 12: ‘Humans and Animals’ of Inhuman:
Last one: Again from Inhuman, this time the very first chapter, ‘Escape and Arrival’:
… Not sure what to say about that, other than that reliability may not be I Write Like’s strongest asset.