I've seen this cool link circling around the writers' blogasphere and had to share it. This application will analyse text from your manuscript and tell you which famous writer you write like. I first spotted it at Writing Outdoor Adventures with Terry Lynn Johnson.
I put in a chapter from The Warracknabeal Kids and got a bit of a surprise. The response?
Okay, I've read Joyce, but only because I HAD to (for Uni). I found it an inaccessible text and too self-praising and showy for my taste. I'm now going to check through my manuscript to make sure it's not too obscure.
I put in a chapter for Dog Show Detective and got:
Who??? From this, I learned I need to read from a wider pool.
A little dismayed, I tried last year's NaNoWriMo novel: The Costume Maker. This time I hit the jackpot!
These apps are fun, but you can learn about your writing this way. I've picked up that my writing style changes with each manuscript, and I think I'd like to be more consistent. I try to write with humour, and, I hope by the results, I'm achieving that objective.
Try out your manuscript - let me know who you write like!