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Run for the Hills

  by Jodi Burnett

(about 296 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:

if she had coverage. Her hand trembled as she dialed Deputy Cook. He listened as she described the incident. “When did you first notice he was following you?” “Not until I was just this side of Castle Rock. I don’t know when he started following me though. It could have been at my office.” “And you’re sure it was your ex-client?” he asked. “Sure it wasn’t a simple coincidence?” “Look Deputy, I know I sound paranoid, but I’m a therapist. This man was a client of mine. He has a lot of issues and I believe he is dangerous. He’s angry with me for referring him to a psychiatrist. It’s very likely he’s the one who killed those animals at my ranch.” “I know you’re scared, Ms. Turner, but you don’t have any proof that this was the guy out at your place last night and he didn’t break any laws when you saw him today. He might have simply been mailing something at the post office. He could have had any number of reasons for being in the area. If you would tell me his name, I could interview him and find out what he was up to. Where did you say he lives?” Joscelyn gritted her teeth. “I didn’t. I don’t know where he lives and I couldn’t tell you if I did.” “Alrighty ma’am, if you won’t give me his name or address there isn’t much I can do other than increase the extra patrol request. I’ll same—an odd mixture of canned green beans left from hot lunch, glue, paper, copy-machine toner, disinfectant, and adolescent sweat. Joscelyn slid into the comfortable scene like she would her slippers. She entered the office, and the secretary paged Mrs. Bell on the intercom. “Thank you for coming.” Margaret buttoned her gray blazer as she came out of her office. “The girls are in here.” She led Joscelyn to a small conference room next door to the nurse’s clinic. Joscelyn assessed the teens when she entered the room. Four girls slouched back in their chairs as though they were bored out of existence. Three of them wore trendy clothesleggings under tiny skirts or skin-tight jeans with layered shirts, high heels, and messy buns. The fourth girl wore baggy jeans with rips in the knees and thighs. Safety-pins haphazardly strained to hold some of the holes together. Her feet were encased in black, lace-up, paddock boots. Joscelyn assumed they were the girl’s attempt at combat boots. An army-green, man-sized jacket completed her statement. Her rich, coffee-colored hair didn’t look washed, and she rimmed her nut-brown eyes with half-a-pencil’s-worth of kohl. Nothing unusual here. “Girls, this is Ms. Turner. She’s a teen counselor visiting Flint River from Colorado. Your parents and I have asked her to come and talk with you today.” Margaret glowered at the tallest blonde who rolled her eyes at the introduction and continued to tap on the screen of her phone with long, purple fingernails

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 1478.68 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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