http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/16/AR2010071605080.html Apperently, a software programmer has created a web applet that will analyze chunks of your writing, and try to discern your influences. I tried it out, both with my story-telling based worked, and my college essays. I don't trust it that much, because it uses word choices mostly to define which of the writers the program knows your most influenced by, which seems silly. One college paper read like Ursula Le Guien, of Wizards of Earthsea. Cant judge that, as I have never read one of her books. A second one that I did for a dramatic literature class says I write like Stephen King. A third one had me writing like H.P. Lovecraft. For my fiction, each section of story I tried said I write most like Dan Brown. I guess that means I will sell 80million copies+, and piss off the catholic church... for the royalties of 80million copies, I am game, I guess. The website for the applet is IWL.me if you want to try it out.