Image by Steve Rhodes via FlickrHere's a fun site for anyone who enjoys writing. Called "I Write Like", you copy and paste a few paragraphs you have written on any topic. It starts crunching and in a matter of seconds pops up with the name of the famous writer whose writing your writing most resembles.
Me? I apparently write like David Foster Wallace. Unfamiliar with Wallace until they named him, brief research at amazon.com showed him as a brainy/philosophical Harvard alumni with best sellers. He writes both novels and essay collections.
It is easy to research what a famous author writes by searching their name on amazon.com. Then, you can read samples of their published work online. I could see how my writing is similar to his essays. Cool tool! Give it a try. It is completely free, very telling, and, in my case, pretty accurate.
Have fun and please post a comment telling us whose writing your writing resembles. What did you make of it? We would love to hear from you. Were they right?