Everybody and their second cousin twice removed (and when did the second cousin twice removed not qualify as 'everybody') has been bitten by the I Write Like bug. It is simple (go to the site, paste a piece of text, click the Analyze button, and share or not share depending on how you feel about the result), it is addictive (if you get Kurt Vonnegut and PG Wodehouse, wouldn't you want to keep going?), and great fun (who would have thought chick lit could seem like hard core science fiction?).
But this is not about me. This is about my six year old and his future. About a year back, he decided he was a 'Storyteller', and for nearly a month insisted on telling me a story a day everyday. Sometimes I wrote them down, mostly I couldn't dredge up the energy to do to so, but the stories never ceased. This summer (an Indian summer, in case you don't know, rougly corresponds to an American or European Spring- it starts in March and ends sometime in May/ June), he discovered Powerpoint, and insisted on typing the stories himself. Since his spelling skills are at about the same level as his typing skills, it was tough going for him, and after a couple of days, he stopped writing stories altogether (and discovered a new medium for storytelling - puppets, but that is another story). But I do have this
bank of stories written entirely by him, without any unconscious edits from my side.
I decided to analyse one of those stories, and this is what I came up with.
Next story. Identical result.
Third story. Same result.
Fourth story, fifth story, sixth story....... there must be something to the programme after all, if it throws up the same result each time.
When I ran out of stories from this Summer, I tried some of the stories from last year. Every one of them threw up either a Rudyard Kipling or a L. Frank Baum.
Nobody else that I know of has got such consistent results. Maybe I should stop stressing about his (lack of) subtraction skills, and start focussing on encouraging him to write. Who knows, there may well be a future Nobel laureate in the family?
For another Delusional Thursday post, head over to Burrowers, Books & Balderdash to learn why you should not be turning fans on unless you want to heat your room in winter.