The "algorithm" to me seeks out what I label static voice. Static voice is verb and adverb related; however, verbs' strength is their temporal significance. This verb significance topic is covered in The Poetics of Aristotle. Static voice basically uses verbs that describe static actions (1), which describe sensory perception actions (2), where a narrator intervenes with neutral, emotionally flat, fact-based objective mediation (3), and have a nonsignficant temporal tense (4) usually describing an action that has no perfect tense sense, meaning a delineated sequence of time. This action begins now in the immediate past or the now present moment and ends soon therafter. Example below.
(1), (2), (3) and (4): Nero watched Rome burn.
Though the verb is past tense, no time for the action is given. Does Nero just this moment begin to watch or has he been watching for a while? Though past tense, the verb watched is imperfect and easily interpreted as an ongoing action, yet static. How long does he watch? Is watching all he does, not even a thought on his mind of glee or sadness or anger or sorrow or eagerness to exact retribution? No movement or itching or coughing or sipping a glass of wine? Whatever?
The visual at least if not other sensory stimuli of Rome burning are summarized without any expressed emotional commentary. The description gives no sense of the meaning of Nero wathcing Rome burn. Whether Nero is the viewpoint character who idly watches Rome burn or a bystander watches Nero watch Rome burn is not clearly or strongly expressed.
The action of watching is static, Nero makes no movement, makes no active or dynamic sense of the context or texture of Nero watching Rome burn. Like from where? When does he watch? We at least know who, if the Nero who is credited with Rome's demise is the Nero of the sentence subject. Maybe another Nero watches Rome burn, perhaps a more modern Nero. That Rome burns is a what texture, but not what Nero or the narrator feels about Rome burning. Why does Nero watch? Did he start the fire? for example. Then how does he watch, idly, intently, enraptured, bored, fearful?
And the sentence is factual with nothing to interpret or infer that would engage readers' imaginations and critical thought processes. Judicious and timely adverbs at least are called for for their function of expressing commentary, perhaps adjectives as well, and perhaps appositive compound or complex clauses that add meaning to the context and texture.
A simple algorithm would seek out such static verbs that fit the parameters given above. This is not to claim that static verbs are to be excised in every instance. A static sentence serves as a direct and easily understood declaration of a stasis statement. Stasis statements have to be and similar verbs, liketo watch, expressing an ongoing static state of being. They are easy to read and serve when a brief summary is needed and a longer descriptive, dynamic expression would be otherwise burdensome. Static voice has a place, as passive voice does, in storytelling. But dynamic, active voice is a best practice for developing the all-essential illusion of reality within a narrative's persons, its now moments and places and situations--settings, and its dramatic events. These events, characters, and settings are ideally developed using process statements; that is, statements that express dramatic processes in progress.
For example: Fleeing south along the Appian Way, Emperor Nero saw Rome fiercely burn, worried the blame would fall hard on him.
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