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Field of Valor

  by Matthew Betley


(about 376 pages)
94,080
total words
of all the books in our library
43.60%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.59%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.43%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.17%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.26%
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
he is, he has to be dead.” There was no point in lying. “He was ambushed at his house, while John and I were there this morning. It got a little out of hand, but the good news is that the bad guys are all dead now, too. And I’m willing to bet that the assholes who sent the little army this morning are the same ones who sent your beloved Recruiter to manipulate you into betraying not just the Organization but also your country.” Jonathan raised his eyebrows but kept quiet. “Constantine told us about the rebellion he was having. Not exactly something he could go to HR with, from the sound of it,” Logan said. “And that’s what this has all been about—one big power struggle.” He paused. “You realize it’s madness, don’t you? I know you’re used to being the smartest guy in the room, but you do realize for all that’s good in this country, that it’s lunacy?” “The world is a violent and dangerous place, Logan. It always has been, and it always will be, no matter what we do. It’s the human condition to be biologically predisposed toward conflict. It’s as if our minds are hardwired to rebel against the prospect of peace. Just look at history. Any time of prosperity and peace was usually followed by war and conflict. It’s just a never-ending cycle, an endless merry-go-round of madness that has to be managed. And that’s what the Organization did, as I’m sprint across the bridge, he exhaled and popped his head out over the edge. The arm dangled down more than forty feet toward a sloping hill that dipped into Rock Creek Park and connected to the road that ran under the middle of the bridge. At the end of the arm and attached to the bucket, a white rope had been tied, dropping another sixty feet to the grassy slope mostly covered by trees. One figure in a Pepco uniform was still on the hydraulic arm, shimmying toward the bucket, but the other two occupants of the truck, including a man with grayish-black hair wearing a dark suit, were already rappelling down the rope. Realizing the three men had a head start, Logan pulled out a pair of black Oakley SI assault gloves from his left cargo pants pocket. He’d never adapted to shooting with gloves the way many other operators had—he preferred the feel to the protection—but he always had them with him. He slid them on, secured them at the wrist with the Velcro strap, and holstered the Kimber pistol. Semper paratus, Logan thought. The Boy Scouts would be proud. He stepped out over the edge of the bridge and broken railing and mounted the hydraulic arm with his textured gloves and tactical boots firmly gripping the metal. He glanced down, found his target, and eased the tension in his hands and feet, loosening his grip. As he’d predicted, gravity accelerated his slide, and he rocketed

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 1881.60 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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