Have you heard about the newest craze sweeping the internet? It's all related to a website called I Write Like. I think the site got over 100,000 hits the other day.
Here's how it works. Simply past a few paragraphs of something you've written and best exemplify your writing style into a text box, and within seconds you'll find out who you write like. Now, it's not an exact science, since the inventor only uploaded works by fifty famous authors, three books each.
Margaret Atwood, a contemporary writer who was included on the list, decided to try it out herself and entered a few paragraphs. It turns out she writes more like Stephen King than Margaret Atwood. She sent out a message on Twitter asking, "who knew?"
I entered three of my blog postings, just for fun. The first one came back stating that my style most matches William Shakespeare. Wow! There must be some mistake...
The second and third entries matched me to contemporary authors I've never heard of. They will remain nameless until I can check some of their stuff out :)
When it's all said and done, it really doesn't matter whose writing style matches mine. I can't be them, and they can't be me. In everything we do, isn't it best to just try to be yourself?