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Second Strike

  by Peter Kirsanow


(about 433 pages)
108,224
total words
of all the books in our library
34.59%
vividness
of all the books in our library
7.82%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
3.05%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.33%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.72%
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
problematic. Bulkvadze had no idea where Garin might be. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area had more than six million people. Bulkvadze wasn’t without resources, but finding one person among millions would take time, and Bor had made it clear Garin was to be eliminated immediately. Even if Garin could be located right away, killing him was another matter entirely. Bulkvadze had had a front row seat for the last attempt. Garin had made short work of five assassins, and Bulkvadze didn’t have time to assemble a new team, assuming ten were even available. The insistent vibrating resumed. Indulging in the vice of procrastination only prolonged the anxiety and aggravated Bor. Bulkvadze picked up and tried to make his voice sound calm. “Yes.” “You have been thinking about how and when I am going to fulfill my promise to you,” Bor said. “It will be a bullet to the back of the head. Imminently. If you prefer to avoid the suspense, you may present yourself at an agreed location.” “There is an alternative.” “Alternatives are usually less satisfactory. And I do not have time to accommodate another failure.” “I can do it before you can get someone else. You would save time.” “You have already lost me time.” “I will forgo the balance of the payment. Keep the four million.” “I would be interested in hearing how you explain that to Abkashvili.” “I will handle Abkashvili.” “I don’t like giving second chances. Failure should not be rewarded. It should be The acrid smell of the flesh burning his forearm arrived only milliseconds after the searing heat blistered much of the area around the brachialis. He kept biting his lip as he kicked and swiveled to position the duct-taped wrist next to the flame. The flame caused the polyethylene to bubble and boil, exposing the rayon fabric, which flashed and quickly separated, but not before also burning a gash into the top of Garin’s wrist. His lungs emitted a low, feral growl of agony as he tore his wrist from the arm of the chair and shunted himself away from the flame. He growled once more as he tore the duct tape from his right wrist, then from his torso and each ankle. Garin stood slowly and conducted an inventory. The skin along the top of his left forearm to his wrist was a gash of scarlet and black, deformed like melted plastic. The Butcher lay dead on top of his chair, next to the metal table. The metal box, needles, razor, and torch were scattered across the plastic, a section of which had been liquefied by the propane torch. Garin spotted a roll of duct tape still inside the metal toolbox. He tore a strip of cloth from the Butcher’s shirt, wrapped it around the wound. Then, with his right hand, he placed the roll over his left wrist and wound the tape around his forearm from wrist to elbow. The pain produced yet another growl, and his eyes watered

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 2164.48 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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