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Mission Critical

  by Mark Greaney


(about 684 pages)
170,919
total words
of all the books in our library
40.86%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.92%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.77%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.91%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.86%
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
without telling Fox. “Who’s calling?” The reply was delivered in a frantic tone. “It’s me. It’s Barnacle.” Mars shut his eyes. Mr. CIA again. For a trained intelligence agent this man was jumpy and reckless. He’d all but outlived his worth, although Mars had one final use for the American, so he’d have to placate him now. “How can I help you?” “They’re on to me. I’m being tailed.” Mars cocked his head. “You’re sure of it?” “I’ve been with the Agency for decades.” “You are in Support. You aren’t exactly George Smiley.” The comment hung in the air for a moment. “I’ve worked the other end. I’ve been to the Farm. Obviously I can tell when there’s overt surveillance on me.” “Overt?” “Well… a lead tail who is making himself seen. I might have seen others who were low profile.” Mars said, “You’ll be here in no time. You’ll be fine.” “You don’t think CIA would tail me in London? They will. They’ll pick me up, too, if they have enough evidence.” “What evidence can they possibly have?” “The fucking banker talked, obviously!” In response to the American’s tone, Mars said, “Barnacle,” in a low and threatening voice. “Sorry. It’s just that—” Mars interrupted. “The banker didn’t know your identity. Whatever they have, it’s not from Dirk Visser. If you are, in fact, being tailed, it’s simply because you are in the small cluster of those who had advance knowledge of all the operations that were compromised. This is tiny attic room. It was a fourth-floor walkup, dingy and dark with two bare lightbulbs illuminating the entire studio. There was no furniture, not even a chair or a table. She put her bag down in the middle of the room, sighed, and turned back for the door. She purchased a sleeping bag at an army surplus store in the Arch Gallery, along with eating utensils for one, an olive green cold-weather balaclava head and face covering, and a few other personal items. She stopped at a hardware store to pick up some tools, a home goods store for a towel and a washcloth and a thick rubber welcome mat, a sporting goods store for a yoga mat in a canvas case, and a food market for provisions on her way back to the flat. Back inside she stacked her food on a moldy shelf in the kitchenette: a few bags of crackers, protein bars, canned tuna, and bottled water. In the tiny and foul-smelling bathroom, she put her toothbrush and toothpaste on the rusty vanity and tossed the bath towel and the washcloth over a hanger. She unfurled the sleeping bag in a small closet next to the bathroom door, changed into track pants and a sweatshirt, then sat down cross-legged in the closet with a protein bar in one hand and her phone in the other. She scanned the Internet on her mobile phone as she alternately chewed and sipped water, looking at maps and satellite images, solidifying

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 3418.38 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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