WRITING STYLE

Calling all wannabe writers….Scientists have developed an algorithm that analyzes a book and predicts with 84 per cent accuracy whether or not it will be a commercial success.

A technique called statistical stylometry, mathematically examines the use of words and grammar. Scientists from Stony Brook in New York downloaded classics from the Project Gutenberg archive, then analyzed texts with their algorithm and compared its predictions to historical information on the success of the work.

Trends often found in successful books, included heavy use of conjunctions and large numbers of nouns and adjectives. Less successful work included more verbs and adverbs and relied on words that explicitly described actions and emotions such as “wanted”, or “promised.

Writer and readers, tune into my show The Book Report.

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