Questions tagged [text-analysis]

This tag should be used for example for questions about tools that can aid an author in analyzing their own text. Please note that analysis of existing literary works are off-topic on Writing.SE - you might want to check out Literature.SE - and that writing critiques are also off-topic on Writing.SE.

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Does a repository of analytical breakdowns of stories exist?

I'm a data scientist and for my next project I'm looking for a location where I can find stories broken down by structure. I.e. The basics of the seven point story structure, or wikipedia dramatic ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

When I plot my own novels or analyze other works to understand their structure, I like to visualize the dynamic of the storyline(s) in a diagram. Usually I draw this by hand. A first version of such ...
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How to write without the need for filtering and wordiness? [closed]

I know questions should be general, but I think the problems I suffer from are very general. Filtering and extreme wordiness. I previously believed wordiness was positive, as I thought it added color ...
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Which free text analysis tools do authors use?

I'm looking for free tools to perform some text analysis. I don't want just simple Flesch-Kinvaid or Coleman-Liau score, I was hoping for a tool that identifies problem sentences, overused words, etc....
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Moving between a narrator's memories of the past and the “literary present”

The rule is simple in general: use the present tenses when discussing events in literary works. One situation where this gets more complicated is where you have to switch timelines because, for ...
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What tense do I use when talking about a character that has died?

When analysing a book and speaking of a character that dies, do you still you present tense as you are still analysing a book? If I were to make up a quick example: "Despite Anna's death, the plot ...
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What length should my paragraphs be?

I could not stop noticing that some books have longer paragraphs than others. Patrick Rothfuss often use short ones in his books. Other writers such as Cornwell uses longer paragraphs before adding ...
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Connecting paragraphs in comparative analysis

I have been asked to write an essay in which I have to provide an opinion on a target text while viewing it from the perspective of another text (the lens text). (The target and lens text provides two ...
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How does the 3 act structure fit in a Non Linear story?

I see that the 3 Act structure can be applied over almost any story, from Hamlet to Mulholland Drive, from The Matrix to Rocky. Story structures like 3 Acts, or 4-5 Acts, always feature a Character ...
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Programs that analyze word frequency?

I would like a utility that could analyze a document and give me stats like this: WORD: FREQUENCY: a 47,268 the 37,201 gross 215 irregardlessly 1 ...
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How to be good at analysing texts

I always have problems in analyzing texts, as I'm not sure what analyzing actually entails. What does it mean to have a good analysis of an author's work, either fictional or non - fictional?
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What are some good writing analyzing software programs?

What are some good writing analyzing software programs? I'm on a trial right now of something called EffectCheck which seems to give you the overall tone of your work and provide charts and bar ...
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Effective differentiation of dream sequence from “normal text”

There are lots of questions about how to write about dream, how will it be in a book etc. I have a bit different question. Imagine this situation: I was walking down the street to the entrance of ...
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Difference between Analytical Writing and Critical Writing

I have been spending time online since yesterday trying to understand the difference between analytical summary writing and critical writing. I intend to write an analytical summary essay on the ...
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How do I best help the reader understand the contextual meaning meaning of a particular phrase? [closed]

In The Things They Carried, the soldiers “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing - these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and ...
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Offline Tool for finding identical/similar phrases in a text?

I'm searching for a tool which finds and lists identical phrases in a long text like a dissertation. The goal is to find repeating texts which have been created accidentally by copy/paste. It ...
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Science and fantasy + arcanepunk [closed]

I learned today that there are sub-genres in fantasy that incorporate science too. These include arcanepunk and science fantasy. I have an idea from a novel where some space explorers from earth ...
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How many different words are in the average novel?

I realize there's going to be a bit of variation here from one author to the next and depending on length of the novel, but the range shouldn't really be too large. The thing is, I really have no ...
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Websites that offer book/movie/story analyses useful for writers?

I was wondering if there are any websites that offer analyses of stories, written or otherwise, with the intention to teach people something about writing and storytelling? I realize I can just ...
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Software for analyzing a manuscript?

I would like to get a better picture of a manuscript I've written, especially in regards to word usage patterns and potentially overused terms. I'm curious whether anyone can recommend a document ...
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Rhetorical devices in Frankenstein

I wanted clarification on what techniques are employed in the following quote: I was benevolent and good but misery made me a fiend. Is this an example of high modality, antithesis - or is there ...