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True Believer

  by Jack Carr


(about 582 pages)
145,422
total words
of all the books in our library
45.93%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.55%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.38%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.00%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.37%
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
elephants in no time at all. We’ll lose out in the end and that will be that. The game will be left to the poachers.” “How can I help, Rich? I think I could be an asset if we put some thought into it.” Before I die, he almost added before thinking better of it. “The boys and I have done our best to keep the poachers in check but we all have other jobs to do. I don’t know what your long-term plans are, but you should consider studying to be a PH. It takes a few years but with your background I’m sure you’ll pick it up quickly.” “To be honest, I haven’t been thinking long-term,” Reece replied, remembering his brain tumor. “Well, let me do that for you. Tomorrow you’ll start working for us as an appy. You can run our antipoaching efforts. I’ll give you two good trackers. They’ll at least keep you from getting lost. Learn everything you can from them. They’re uneducated in the formal sense but they are professors of the bush.” “I’ll do what I can, Rich.” “I know you will, son. I know you will.” Reece set his alarm to wake him before dawn; he had a job to do. Despite a long career in the military, Reece wasn’t an early riser by nature. Whenever he did wake up early, he felt like he was in on a secret, one that those still in bed would never know. Though it was mirror: long sun-bleached hair, bronze skin framing the pale white where his sunglasses had blocked the rays, a visibly broken nose from its meeting with the ship’s wheel, and a beard that nearly touched his chest. His eyes were set deep by the drastic loss of body weight, the rest of his face obscured by his gray-streaked facial hair. He didn’t figure on dinner being too formal in this corner of the world, but the last thing he wanted to do was offend his generous hosts. He turned on the shower and dropped his clothes to the stone floor before stepping into the stream of warm water. Nothing in his life had ever felt better. Standing still for what seemed like an eternity, he let the water wash the salt and grime from his matted hair. There was shampoo and a bar of soap on a shelf cut into the stone wall and he lathered himself carefully, making sure to hit every inch. He stepped out of the shower feeling more human than beast and toweled dry. Using his fingers, he worked the tangles out of his wet hair, slicking it back as best he could without the benefit of a comb or brush. A toothbrush and toothpaste had been laid out for him, and after rationing toothpaste throughout his transoceanic voyage, he enjoyed the luxury of squirting a giant dollop onto his brush and scrubbing away. He found a short-sleeved white polo shirt and a pair of lightweight pants

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 2908.44 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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