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The Shadows

  by W. J. Lundy


(about 289 pages)
72,131
total words
of all the books in our library
69.00%
vividness
of all the books in our library
4.73%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.16%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.78%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.38%
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
mean. They thought I had all the answers. Hell, I thought I had the answers. There wasn’t shit I could do. As soon as we hit the streets, we were separated in the crowds. It was mass chaos. I barely got out myself. “Fucked up to think about it. Them all gone and me still here. Why me, Jacob? I’m no better than they were. Their only mistake was trusting me.” Jacob didn’t know what to say; he stood silently waiting. “You know, Jacob, this really is the place for warfighters like us. It’s where we belong. Warfighters need to be together. We can’t get mixed up with civilians all together in cities like that. That’s how shit gets broken.” “Like us?” Jacob asked. James nodded. “Oh yeah, I’ve watched you. You’re a warfighter too; you just haven’t accepted it yet. You keep fighting against it, telling yourself you’re just here because you have to be, just trying to follow along doing the bare minimum. Screw that noise. You need to embrace it, bro. Don’t endure; you got to embrace this shit, or it will eat you alive.” Jacob laughed. “You’re nuts.” “You’ll see.” James turned back hard on the trail. He stepped ahead and faced Jacob, his expression suddenly serious. He moved so that he was inches from Jacob’s face. “I’m telling you. Tomorrow, when we are out there on that line and those things are coming at us, don’t fight like you’re being forced to; fight like you’re mob ramped up. Trees cracked as they pushed ahead, still hidden in the cover of the brush and hanging clouds of smoke. Jacob could tell by the thunderous roars that the creaturesmass had increased in size during the lull. The previous gunfire and explosions drew more of them to the fight. Merritt looked back at the mortar men and waved his hand down. “Let’s burn them out!” he shouted. As they arranged earlier, the mortar team loaded and dropped the first white phosphorus round. A chemical round that explodes and reacts harshly to the air, it can burn through skin deep to the bone, causing blinding fires and white smoke. The mortar launched from the tube and exploded with a loud crack deep in the woods, emitting blooms of sparks and white smoke. “That’s right where I want it; keep it coming,” Merritt ordered. The mortar team rapid fired its entire supply of Willy Pete then switched to high explosive, the trees quickly filling with white burning smoke and thundering explosions. The sounds of the monstersrage increased with every strike. Soon the tops of the trees were shaking while hot, dirty, yellow flames backlit the smoke. And again, The Darkness burst from the trees in a full charge, supported by their own shooters. Rounds whizzed by overhead. Jacob raised himself up, searching for a target, but saw nothing except the white acrid smoke. A volley of screaming Deltas ran from the trees, their clothing tattered and in flames

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 1442.62 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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