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  by Joe Weber


(about 439 pages)
109,869
total words
of all the books in our library
52.17%
vividness
of all the books in our library
5.34%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.63%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.50%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.14%
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
of her?” “It’s only a guess, but I think someone may have heard Maritza speaking English when she was ostensibly being interviewed by Ed Hockaday. That’s the only logical thing I can think of.” “They probably bugged the room.” “Well, that may be the case, but it’s academic now. The day after Eddy visited with Maritza, Shakhar told her that she wouldn’t be allowed to leave the compound until certain issues were resolved. He said it was for her own safety and protection.” “What issues?” “He didn’t say—still hasn’t, as far as we’ve heard.” Scott searched Jackie’s face. “What about Hockaday?” “What about him?” “He could be a double agent.” Surprised by the blunt statement, she gave him a look of skepticism. “If he is—which I don’t believe is the case—he has more guts than brains.” She gave Scott a hard look. “Before you start tossing out insinuations or accusations, you should do your homework.” “That’s good advice,” Scott said evenly, and changed the subject. “How do you communicate with Maritza?” “Satellite-phone.” “You’re kidding,” he protested in mild disbelief. “She just whips out her sat-phone and calls you from a Hezbollah stronghold.” “Not exactly. Maritza has a matchbook-size experimental phone. It slips into a recess in her clothes and rests on her right shoulder. If she’s outside, or near a window, she can push a small button, then turn her head and speak softly into the microphone.” “Can you contact her?” “Yes, but obviously the phone doesn’t pushed a baggage cart to the rental car. The talkative teenager loaded the two plywood-and-steel containers on the cart, tossed the other luggage on top of the trunks, then followed Farkas to his room overlooking the airport. MIAMI, FLORIDA The early morning was aglow in shades of soft pink and pastel gray when Scott taxied the Maule M-7 floatplane away from the seaplane base. With a high power-to-weight ratio, the Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft is virtually unmatched in any other high-wing-strut-braced airplane. In the right seat, Jackie was organizing the charts, binoculars, cell phone, and camera for quick access. With the seventy-two-hour deadline running out, they were anxious to start searching for the terrorist’s yacht and their base of operations. Uncomfortable with the possibility of encountering a nuclear bomb on the yacht, they had avoided discussing the subject. Dalton was attired in oversized khaki shorts, deck shoes, and a loud, extra-large, multicolored aloha shirt. Multiple magneticpiercedearrings, and a Cubs baseball cap, worn backward—‌completed his eclectic ensemble. His nine-millimeter Sig Sauer was concealed at the back of his baggy shorts. Jackie’s fashion statement included faded denim short-shorts, a revealing sequined tank top, red-and-white sandals, an assortment of inexpensive rings and flashy earrings. Topping off the eye-popping garb, Jackie sported classic DouglasMacArthur aviator sunglasses, a glitzy straw hat with a dozen yellow flowers on one side, and a large canvas tote bag that contained her nine-millimeter Glock. After energizing the landing light, anticollision beacon, and navigation lights

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 2197.38 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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