Are your characters as snazzy as James Bond? Are your sentences lyrical as those in “Lolita”? Pop a few paragraphs into the website I Write Like to find out if you write like Ian Fleming or Vladimir Nabokov. You might find your prose is as eerie as Edgar Allen Poe’s or witty as Oscar Wilde’s.So I entered two paragraphs from my work-in-progress, Forget About It, the first Al Zymer Senile detective mystery, and received this reply:
Beware: If you enter a blog post, you may just discover that you write like Dan Brown. I know. It happened to me.
How did the computer know that Jack is one of my idols?
POSTSCRIPT: Another Rap Sheet contributor, novelist Mark Coggins, also tried this “statistical analysis tool that analyzes the word choice and writing style from a sample you provide to suggest a famous writer whose style is closest to your own.” You can see what answers he received here.