Analyzing Writers’ Personalities From Their Handwritten Manuscripts

David Foster Wallace’s notebook

The relatively short extensions on letters like ‘t’ and ‘d’ indicate a writer who is “practical” and “mechanical” and suggests “short-term goals,” whatever that means. Like Palahniuk, Wallace prints, though we would argue that his writing is much more “harmonious” and thus more likely to indicate “a person who thinks in a building block fashion… able to take many small details and combine them into a coordinated whole.” Well, after our five hundredth footnote, we know that’s accurate.