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Aftershock

  by Mark Walden


(about 249 pages)
62,208
total words
of all the books in our library
40.12%
vividness
of all the books in our library
7.69%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
3.07%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.54%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.54%
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
go. ‘What are we going to do, guys?’ ‘What we always do,’ Wing said, taking her hand. ‘Survive.’ ‘Hello, Max, what can I do for you?’ Diabolus Darkdoom said. ‘Diabolus,’ Nero replied, ‘I’m afraid I have to give you some very bad news. Nigel has been captured by the Disciples.’ ‘What?’ Darkdoom said, looking stunned. ‘Where is he? Was he hurt?’ ‘He was shot, Diabolus,’ Nero said sadly. ‘His current condition will, I’m afraid, depend very much on how quickly he received medical treatment. Diabolus, there’s something else you should know. He was captured by Anastasia Furan.’ ‘That’s not possible,’ Darkdoom said, shaking his head, ‘Anastasia is d—’ ‘That was precisely my reaction as well,’ Nero sighed. ‘Raven was face to face with her – there is no doubt it was her. It appears that she is now at the head of the Disciples.’ ‘Do you have any idea where Nigel is being held?’ ‘No, I’m afraid not but I do have an idea how we might be able to find out.’ ‘Really? How?’ Darkdoom asked. ‘I’ll brief you later,’ Nero replied. ‘I’m just putting things in motion at the moment.’ ‘How did this happen?’ Darkdoom asked, sounding bewildered. ‘The Hunt was ambushed by Disciple forces after its location was leaked to them by Chief Dekker.’ ‘I don’t believe it,’ Darkdoom gasped. ‘Dekker worked for me for nearly fifteen years. I trusted her completely, that’s why I recommended her to you.’ ‘Raven is questioning her, Diabolus, but the evidence we have slid down the ladder to the passenger compartment. The bay was already filling with acrid, black smoke. ‘Is anyone injured?’ Raven yelled above the screech of the Shroud’s one remaining engine. ‘No, we’re OK,’ Otto shouted back. ‘What’s happening?’ ‘We’re under attack,’ Raven shouted. ‘We may have to ditch. If we make it down in one piece, trigger the emergency hatch release and get out of here as quickly as possible. Understood?’ Raven turned and headed back towards the cockpit. Suddenly there was an explosion of debris as heavy cannon fire blew holes in the fuselage. The Shroud lurched drunkenly and Raven leapt for the cockpit ladder, dragging herself up it as the whole compartment began to tip. She pulled herself into the cockpit only to find a scene of carnage. Both the pilot and co-pilot were dead, the wind howling through the shattered remains of the cockpit canopy that had been shredded by the enemy cannon fire. Raven dragged the pilot’s body out of the flight-seat and pulled hard on the control yoke. The Shroud’s single turbine screamed in protest as she levelled the Shroud out just a few metres above the valley floor. A wasp-like helicopter gunship covered in angular black panels drew alongside the Shroud’s cockpit thirty metres to Raven’s right. The heavy cannon mounted beneath its chin rotated towards her as Raven pulled back hard on the controls. The lethal torrent of tracer shells passed just below the Shroud with an explosive roar. Raven banked hard

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 1244.16 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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