I have a lot of fun with Yoast. For those of you who don’t know, Yoast is a tool that checks your search engine optimization (SEO) and the reading level of your writing. It has a few hiccups, like anything automated, but I think my favorite thing is that it measures (or tries to) the number of instances in your writing where you use the passive voice.
No, I’m not going to examine the phrase “geographic context.” Instead, I’m going to talk about the importance of geographic context to the meaning of words.
His head ached. His mouth was dry. Luke cringed, then slowly opened his eyes as pain revived him from the blissful grasp of unconsciousness. He pressed his tongue to the roof of his mouth, swallowing reflexively, letting lingering tastes and certain knowledge dissolve in the acid of his stomach.
Dima frowned at his phone. Still no response from Katya. He’d been home for over an hour now, and there was still no sign of his sister. There was no note, nothing. She was just gone. He knew she could take care of herself, but still …
If you’ve read my writing (I hope?), you probably know I’m a big fan of “thought” words.
Somewhere, Chuck Palahniuk and his loyal devotees are having a fit.