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The Balkan Network

  by Gregory M. Acuña


(about 410 pages)
102,377
total words
of all the books in our library
36.43%
vividness
of all the books in our library
8.17%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.36%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.80%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.56%
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
was another NATO crew shot down and that was why there was some confusion on the news media networks. “You’re right, I think if I had been in the same situation, I’d do the same thing as the German pilot. There is a remote possibility they’ll both survive the ordeal.” Karol was still in the bathroom upstairs. She just took a bath. She felt a little better today but still not one hundred percent. Her stomach had been upset for days—and she was late. She thought she might be pregnant, but it was hard to tell when it actually occurred. More than likely, it happened back at Bapska or there in the farmhouse. That’s when they were tired and careless. She should have at least accepted the contraceptives from Dr. Reed, or maybe Naomi was right all along. Maybe they should have switched partners then none of this would have happened. In any event, she couldn’t tell Dan. If she told him, he would be obligated by the UCMJ to inform Washington, and she would be recalled from the mission to face court martial. Dan would be held accountable as well. That would be the end of her career in the Navy; perhaps his too. Their mission would be canceled. The whole team would be let down. She couldn’t let this happen. Too many lives were at stake now. She had to go on. She would keep it to herself as long she could. Hopefully, the war would be blouses and skirts with bras and underwear to go with the outfits. Next, she picked out shoes, purses, handbags, and belts to match. Most of the clothes not too dressy or formal. Then she handed Karen casual clothes, things she could wear going to the market or shopping for groceries. Last came her outdoor clothing, something she might wear going on a picnic or a camping trip: boots, heavy socks, and a jacket. Finally, she said, “Give me your dog tags.” Karen took the tags from around her neck and gave them to Ms. Sara. She made a small slit next to the buckle of one of the belts, slipped the dog tag inside the belt leather, and said, “This will work out just fine.” She gave the belt and dog tags back to Karen. Very clever, thought Dan. Ms. Sara did the same for all the women, and as expected, Naomi had the most comments on the clothing. “I would never pick any of this stuff if it were up to me.” Ms. Sara then gave each woman a different bag or suitcase to carry their garments in and said in her British accent, “You will pack your clothing in these bags that I selected for you. Please do not change or exchange the bags. From now on, do not shave your underarms, legs, or pubic areas. Do not use any makeup, moisturizer, hand creams, lotions, or perfume. When you take a shower, use a natural soap to wash

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 2047.54 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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