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article imageWebsite compares your writing to famous authors

By Nikki Yee     Jul 18, 2010 in Internet
A new website that compares writing samples with those of popular authors has the Internet and literary community buzzing.
Do you have aspirations to be the next Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King or Margaret Atwood?
A new website, called 'I Write Like', lets users channel their inner authors. By uploading a writing sample, which can range from poetry to reports to journal entries, users are able to find out the author whose writing style they most resemble, with a variety of results ranging from Chuck Palahniuk to H.P. Lovecraft.
'I Write Like' was created by software programmer, Dmitry Chestnykh, who has admitted that there is a certain amount of fault to the design, telling the Toronto Star :
I think that people really like to know how they write, even if it's not accurate results.
Accuracy aside, the website has received some buzz around the celebrity and literary world. Film critic Roger Ebert recently gave it a go when he tweeted: 'I Write Like' thinks I write like Margaret Atwood, she writes like H. P. Lovecraft, and he writes like James Joyce.
Similarly, Life of Pi author, Yann Martel's father Emile tested out his son's writing, which compared him to Kurt Vonnegut.
Chestnykh has plans to expand the list of authors available, which currently runs at 50. For now, users can still enjoy discovering their inner author and share it with friends on social networking sites.
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