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Ring of Fire

  by Brad Taylor


(about 507 pages)
126,688
total words
of all the books in our library
37.41%
vividness
of all the books in our library
8.41%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.49%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.82%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.66%
non-ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library

clippings from this book

We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

MOST PASSIVE PAGE
MOST VIVID PAGE
said, “No, no, no. We can’t attack an aircraft carrier with our little watercraft. It will be like a bug striking a windshield.” “You’re wrong. I’ve been researching, and it will damage the boat. Yes, it’s large, but the size doesn’t increase its strength. Remember the USS Cole, in Yemen in 2000? That was another large warship, and we came close to sinking it, killing many, many people. If I go first, I’ll puncture the hull. Maybe not by much, but enough. If Wasim follows behind me and strikes the exact same point, it will be exponentially more effective. We won’t sink the ship, I know, but we will render it inoperable. A glorious strike.” “But what will that do?” “What will it do? Seriously? After Houston and Los Angeles? They’ll have to shut down the ports all over the country. They won’t be able to predict if there isn’t another attack on the way. Every single attack has been different. Every blow has been unique. They’ll make the connection between them, and then they’ll have to make the ultimate decision to shut them down for fear of some other, unexpected attack. They have over three hundred major ports. They’ll all be shut down. It will destroy their ability to trade. Everything from bananas to computers will be closed off. Isn’t that the point of this anyway? Even if we fail to sink the carrier, the point is the attack. That’s what will drive the economic destruction that Tariq has growing in size. By the time he recognized it as an out-of-control commercial drone, it had smashed into his windshield, spikes on the skids shattering the glass and the weight of the drone punching a jagged hole. He felt liquid splash all over his upper body and snapped his head back in confusion. Then the confusion turned to infinite pain as his face and neck burst into white-hot flame. He threw open the door, giving the protestors an event that finally stopped their chanting. Screaming in agony, he ran right at them, his hair now alight and his face melting as the white phosphorus burrowed into his flesh as if it were alive. As he staggered through the protestors, looking like a grisly rendition of Johnny Blaze, the chemical cauterized his esophagus, burning to his spine. The protestors fell away in horror, the ghastly smell of burning flesh following Austin in a putrid wake. Mercifully, a second later, his arms dropped, and he collapsed on the side of the road, dead. The white phosphorus continued to burn, tendrils of thick smoke rising from his melted face like steam from miniature volcanoes. Jennifer felt the pin slip back into place and muttered under her breath. The lock was becoming an absolute demon, a test of wills for her to conquer. Unlike a traditional key, with ridges and valleys, the key that worked this lock had the ridges built into the side, with the key itself flat on both top and bottom

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 2533.76 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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