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Hard Fall

  by J. B. Turner

(about 277 pages)
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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:

There are two ways we can do this. You can either hand him over to us, or we can call the local cops to help us. But then it might get messy.” “The local cops? What the hell does this have to do with them?” “Jerry White needs urgent medical care. He needs to be treated by us.” “I don’t doubt that Jerry is very ill. But he’s petrified of going back to your hospital. Can’t he just be looked after here? What about his family? Doesn’t his father live up near Camden?” “His family want nothing to do with him. Besides, Jerry has, unbeknownst to me, not been taking his medication for nearly a week. And it’s made him psychotic.” Reznick folded his arms. “Are you kidding me? So you’re telling me you haven’t been doing your job right.” The doctor flushed. “I think that’s unfair.” “Is it?” “He had been concealing the medication he should have been taking. So it’s now vital that we take him back without any further delay.” Reznick sighed. “I have to tell you, he’s in a heightened state of anxiety. How long has he been a patient of yours?” “Several months. He’s suicidal. And in this current state, he’s a risk to himself and to others. He has classic signs of PTSD. Recurring nightmares. Jerry has also admitted self-harming. He’s talked of hallucinations. Paranoia.” Reznick contemplated the right thing to do. He wanted Jerry to get treatment. But Jerry was terrified of being cops to find Jerry and take him back? It just didn’t make sense. Reznick watched TV, killing time. Despite the late hour, he decided to go for a run, thinking of his old Delta buddy. He changed into his sweatshirt and pants, black Nike running shoes. He headed out into the dark. The chill autumn wind was biting through him. He pounded the near-deserted sidewalks of Rockland, leaves blowing and swirling down Main Street. He headed out of town and onto a beach, illuminated by the full moon. Pounding the sand. Mile after mile. He returned home feeling better. He headed down to the basement, which he had converted into a boxing gym. He pulled on his old leather gloves and hit the punching bag and speed ball until the sweat was pouring off him. He did another twenty minutes on the punching bag before calling it quits, showered, and put on some fresh clothes. He made himself some supper. Tomato and mushroom spaghetti sprinkled with a liberal amount of Parmesan cheese. Then he took a bottle of cold beer out of the fridge. He switched on the radio and listened to the shipping forecast as he sat down at his kitchen table. It was something that reminded him of his father, listening in for weather conditions at sea. He ate alone and stared out the window at the dark waters. After he had finished his meal and the bottle of beer, he washed the dishes, wiped down the counters

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 1385.90 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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