The writers' craft idea behind Writelike

Writelike is grounded in writers' craft as much as educational theory.

Roald Dahl working

Writelike originally arose from the observation that good writers are good at voices.

How do they get good at voices? Obviously, by reading lots of text and picking up patterns, either by intuition or analysis.

For a minority of people, that process is straightforward, though even for "natural" writers their progress can be patchy.

So the original idea with Writelike was to create a tool that anyone might use as a kind of voice gym, copying and combining voices in short snippets, to systematically build skills across genres.

Toni Morrison by Jill Kremetz

One of the biggest obstacles in writing is overwhelm:"I don't know what to say. I don't know how to say it. There are too many choices. It's overwhelming." 

One of the most reliable ways to defeat overwhelm is to get the voice.

If you don't have the right voice for a piece, writing is a struggle; if you unlock the voice, it's an order of magnitude easier.

Because "voice" represents an entire complex of choices about vocabulary, syntax, pacing, and perspective. By collapsing the range of possibilities, voice makes the writing more accessible and less overwhelming.