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House in the Woods

  by Jessica Aiken-Hall

(about 286 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:

Maybe I get to have my sister back in my life through you.” As nice as that would be, I kind of hope that’s not true.” I dropped my head. “I’m sorry.” Don’t be sorry. I can’t even imagine how difficult this must be for you. I’ve had twenty years to get used to all of this; you haven’t even had ten days.” I don’t even know what to think. One minute I’m sure we have it figured out, and the next I can’t even go there. I don’t know what I’ll do with the answers. I’m actually scared to death. But I have to know.” Your world has been rocked, just like mine was all those years ago. I’m so sorry. I feel like such a jerk.” Angie began to cry. “I can’t believe I did this to you.” Angie, you didn’t do anything to me. The truth is I was going to look for you at the reunion. After I saw how you looked at me the night of the search, I needed to ask you questions. At first I thought it was because I wanted to help my brother, but now it’s because something in my gut is telling me I can’t stop until I have answers.” Angie covered her face. “I’m so selfish. I just wanted my sister back so badly I was willing to do anything. I didn’t think what consequences there would be.” Don’t blame yourself. I’d do what you did if it were continued walking and let the sun warm my face. The smell of pine trees encased me. A peaceful feeling washed over me as I came to an opening. A few more steps led me to a meadow of dandelions. There were so many it looked like I was stepping on a yellow carpet. “Follow the yellow brick road.” I giggled as I imagined spinning around in the flowers in a dress. I held my arms out at my sides and did a twirl. When I stopped, something caught my attention through the trees. Curiosity propelled me in the direction of the unknown object. My heart danced under my shirt as I took slow, careful steps through the trees. I stopped when I saw it. A small, rundown, white house. It looked like a cottage you’d see in a fairy tale. Quaint and creepy. I scanned the yard. There was no sign of movement, and the only thing filling the soundwaves was the squawking of crows. Last years dried leaves crunched under my feet as I made my way to the door. I pressed my face against the glass and peered through the dirty window. A table and four chairs filled the tiny kitchen. I couldn’t see anything else. With a step back, I knocked on the door. The throbbing of my pulse drowned out the birds circling the property. “Hello?” I jiggled the doorknob. The door opened. Frozen in disbelief that it was going to be this easy, I hesitated

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 1427.68 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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