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I'll borrow an idea Memor-X pointed out to me in my question Are there tools that can aid an author in writing a branching storyline?: yEd It's a free tool that allows you to create flowcharts. I'm currently using it to create part of my D&D campaign. You can easily create for example a box/star/... in different colors and add a text as a description....


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I pieced the below data together from a number different websites. Basically putting the text versions of the three titles shown, individually into a site that can quickly filter out the unique words. I then used the data to feed into a homemade random word generator to be used it typing practice. It is more challenging to get newer titles, but this gives ...


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It's a stylistic choice. Some authors just naturally write longer, more complex paragraphs than others; how paragraphs are structured and divided is part of an author's "voice". If you write sentences like Hemingway, chances are shorter paragraphs will also fit your voice. If you write long, complex sentences (like Mervyn Peake, for instance), longer ...


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You do not mention an operating system , so I will give you something cross-platform (and free). As @ChrisW pointed out "the diagram in the OP could be written as a tree of text". So, I am going to suggest something which does not use the mouse - does not even have a GUI, but which I think fits your requirements. For decades now, I have been using ...


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It's quite common to see dreams or memories placed in italics. I personally find this a beneficial technique since it effectively conveys a sense of altered consciousness. However, it depends, as always, on the effect you want to create --whether you want to emphasize or de-emphasize a discontinuity with the waking state. Some writers also place the dream ...


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The Hemingway "app" (a website, really) is probably the most common suggestion for this, although you can Google others to try. You may need to experiment with a few of them. Unfortunately, the Hemingway app can condemn Hemingway's writing.


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Writing is judged both objectively and subjectively. Bad grammar, bad spelling, generic labels, clichés, etc can be objectively identified. Long passages of uninterrupted dialog can be objectively identified, long preambles without any action can be identified. Deus ex Machinas can be objectively identified, and explained. There is a reasonable chance a ...


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The diagram in the OP could be written as a tree of text. threat from Venda marriage to prince Jaxon betrayed by mother / father flees to Terravin to live as a barmaid Rafe + Kaden live with her; she falls in love with Rafe etc. More generally (instead of "tree view" or "flow chart") you might find that this type of diagram/software could ...


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Have you tried TV Tropes? It is a wiki which describes story "tropes" (i.e. the various narrative elements, tricks and occasional fails of the storytelling art). It is vast and has a loose but fairly well defined structure; tropes are organised by category and are extensively hyperlinked. Works, creators and genres are also given, with lots of links ...


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My beloved Scrivener does the job beautifully. Paste your text in and then go under Project —> Text Statistics and it gives you the list you're looking for. Other people on this board have recommended Word Counter (Mac) and both Primitive Word Counter and yWriter (Windows), but I cannot speak to their utility as I've never used them.


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A great free tool that might be a better experience than your answer is LibreOffice Draw. It's free, they support iOS, and it's very intuitive to use for simple to complex diagrams. It's basically the open-source version of Microsoft Visio, which is widely used in the business world for things like this. You could also pay for Visio, but its price tag ...


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Scapple While not free (though does have a free trial), Scapple (by the same makers as Scrivener) seems to have everything you need. They have Mac and Windows versions. Their roughly 6 minute demonstration video shows much of the power and extreme ease of use, and seems to hit on everything you mention, with this shown for export: The video shows the ...


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It depends how much you want to get into it and how big the project is. If it's finding only identical phrases or text, most word processors support this, and finally a lot of programming ide's support regular-expression searching (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regular_expression). On the other hand if you are looking to find reworded or similar paragraphs ...


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Okay so I was a bit curious about this. Wrote a little script for myself and ran it with some random books. I used epubs of books I bought and converted them to .txt via Calibre to access the text more easily in Python. I basically split them on spaces and stripped away special characters, keeping newlines in mind. The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson: 15206 ...


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This is one of the main functions of the program, ClicheCleaner, which highlights passages in your text that are either cliches, other overly-used common expressions, or phrases of your own that you have repeatedly used within the same document. ClicheCleaner includes a list of nearly 7000 unique cliches and common expressions that are compared against your ...


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There are many angles to take when analyzing fiction and you should focus on the one that interests you the most. Why? Answer: Because then you'll write a more interesting analysis if you do. What Are Possible Angles? Plot Character Voice / Style The definitive guide to learning about writing and analyzing them from these various angles is the ...


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I had a critical thinking instructor who liked the following format: summarize the target argument, logically extend the target argument, critically analyze the logical extension. A bridge sentence might begin: logically extended. . . . Without knowing more about context it's hard to assess applicability.


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The three-act or five-act structure can still exist even if the elements are not shown in order. It's the effect on the audience which is changed. In the case of Memento, you see the end first, and then work backwards through all the successes and setbacks. The "end," the resolution, becomes an inciting event of sorts, because it is where the audience first ...


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Although the past tense makes sense due to your sentence construction, a different construction would allow the present tense, by setting a time frame: When Riley and Anna meet, Anna is a beautiful girl with a smile on her face every day, her smile is his favourite thing about her. In their conversations she never says anything to him about death, but of ...


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Grammarly. It does the job, essentially everything you've said and it's definitely worth your money.


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I know this doesn't answer exactly what OP asked.... but in the spirit of your appreciation for doing charts by hand, i'll offer this solution: Using a bulletin board or piece of some sort of heavy paper as a substrate (or even a wall), cut out and use smaller pieces of paper as your "balloons" and connecting lines, simply attach these (tack or tape or...) ...


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Your thesis statement should be a succinct summery of your overarching argument and it should not include too many details. But close reading is the means through which you reach your conclusion. Use it to support your arguments. Think about the thesis as a big claim made of several smaller supporting arguments supported in turn by close reading.


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There are more good ways to begin an essay than there are good writers. (That is fortunate; otherwise, each good writer would be stuck with only one good opening.) An effective introduction depends on a number of factors that may include your audience, subject matter, and goals for the piece. For example, open an essay on the death imagery in Poe's works ...


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Good question. One answer is practice, and with practice comes confidence and that confidence can then show itself in the gentle persuasion of your body. Caveat: If you have a specific question to answer for an assignment then deal with it head-on and try not to forget it. I would start with a blunt statement or something to make the reader sit up. How on ...


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We don't critique on stack exchange, but we do answer questions. You can find critique groups at writers.com and absolutewrite. They have fora specifically to critique work. As a general comment, any writing style can be effective. Including wordiness. I've heard the advice (and I agree): Understand the rules, and then decide within your own writing, when ...


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Sorted from most technical to least technical. My first thought was to use Python with the NLTK package. If that's too technical the somewhat less technical AllenNLP might be worth to check out. It supports co-reference resolution, which means it can track entities across sentences. It could be useful for checking whether you're overusing words. Did a ...


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