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Welcome to the Novel Analyst podcast! I’m Jed Herne and each episode I analyse a story to help you become a better writer. My goal is to use the books I love to improve my own writing - and hopefully improve yours in the process! My own stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Arcanist, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Flintlock, and more. Tweet me @JedHerne. New episodes published every 2nd Tuesday at 8am Perth time.

Welcome to the Novel Analyst podcast! I’m Jed Herne and each episode I analyse a story to help you become a better writer. My goal is to use the books I love to improve my own writing - and hopefully improve yours in the process! My own stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Arcanist, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Flintlock, and more. Tweet me @JedHerne. New episodes published every 2nd Tuesday at 8am Perth time.
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Welcome to the Novel Analyst podcast! I’m Jed Herne and each episode I analyse a story to help you become a better writer. My goal is to use the books I love to improve my own writing - and hopefully improve yours in the process! My own stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Arcanist, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Flintlock, and more. Tweet me @JedHerne. New episodes published every 2nd Tuesday at 8am Perth time.

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Episodes

Stay off the nose - Quick Writing Tip 001

5/20/2019
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Starting a new series! In addition to your normal Novel Analyst episodes, for the next month I’ll be posting a Quick Writing Tip episode every Monday. Let me know what you think and if you want more of them, email jed.herne1@gmail.com or hit me up on twitter @JedHerne. Also, if you want free sci-fi and fantasy stories by yours truly, go to jedherne.com/club. It’ll let you join my brand new Reader Club, and when you do that I’ll send you 5 free short stories, plus some exclusive bonus...

Duration:00:02:56

26 - Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. Rowling - Ring Structure

5/5/2019
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26 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling - Ring Structure I've wanted to do this for a long time, and it's finally here: an analysis of one of my top novels of all time ... In this episode, I dive super deep into the circular structure of Rowling's masterpiece. Be warned: you won't look at Harry Potter the same way after hearing this dissection ... Enjoy! Shownotes: Harry Potter as Ring Composition and Ring Cycle By John Granger...

Duration:00:21:40

25 - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - The Art of Setting Descriptions

4/30/2019
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25 - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - The Art of Setting Descriptions. In this fantastic YA fantasy novel, the town of Ketterdam is a living, breathing, three-dimensional creation: as much a character as any of the other (brilliant) characters in this story. Bardugo is a master of making a setting come to life. In today's in-depth episode, I analyse a scene to extract key techniques writers can use to improve their setting descriptions. No mourners, no funerals. Shownotes: Twitter:...

Duration:00:34:18

24 - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 2 - How to Write Funny

4/23/2019
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24 - The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 2 - How to Write Funny. In the second part of my analysis of Hitchhikers I extract micro and macro techniques for creating comedy. (You don't need to have listened to the 1st part for this to make sense). Enjoy! Shownotes: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FunWithHomophones https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/humor-writing-filled-novel Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website:...

Duration:00:21:24

23 - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 1 - Why Characters Don't Matter

4/16/2019
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23 - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 1 - Why Characters Don't Matter. This absurdly funny sci-fi comedy is a fantastic example of how you don't always need amazing characters to create an amazing story. Buckle up as we use Orson Scott Card's MICE quotient to analyse what makes this novel work. And remember: don't panic! Shownotes: http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/Workshop-stuff/MICE-Quotient.htm Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website:...

Duration:00:15:28

22 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Finding your Perfect Prose

4/2/2019
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22 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Finding your Perfect Prose. Fitzgerald's classic chronicle of the Jazz age is often praised for its wonderful prose. In this episode, I examine what makes his prose so stylistically appealing - and we look at how you can write better prose. Keep beating on, boats against the current! Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:27:38

21 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - Meaningful Endings and the Truth

3/19/2019
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21 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - Meaningful Endings and the Truth. Truth. It's one of the most important aspects of story - especially of stories that are fantastical. In this episode, I explore how Gaiman created a truthful, meaningful, and emotional resonant ending to his Hugo and Newberry award-winning novel: The Graveyard Book. (Includes bonus singing from yours truly) Enjoy! Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join...

Duration:00:15:24

20 - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson - Avalanche Endings

3/5/2019
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20 - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson - Avalanche Endings. If you want to learn how to write explosive, fast-paced, balastic endings, Elantris is an excellent novel to study - which is what I do in this episode! Enjoy! Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:18:28

19 - Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - The Art of Naming

2/19/2019
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19 - Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - The Art of Naming. In this episode, I look at how Derek uses names to craft compelling, fleshed-out, interesting characters. Enjoy! Shownotes: Derek’s tactics for creating awesome characters (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB5o1uAqodA Superhero nation article on names: http://www.superheronation.com/2007/10/15/character-naming-superheroes-and-otherwise/ Random name...

Duration:00:17:11

18 - Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson - Misfit Characters

2/5/2019
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18 - Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson - Misfit Characters. Sometimes the key to compelling characters is to make them NOT fit neatly into your plot. That's what Sanderson does in Warbreaker - a stand-alone fantasy book (that he also gives away for free on his website!). Shownotes: Get Warbreaker for free from Brandon's website: https://brandonsanderson.com/books/warbreaker/warbreaker/ Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list:...

Duration:00:15:09

17 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Crafting Compelling Narrators

1/22/2019
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17 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Crafting Compelling Narrators. This historical World War II novel by Australian author Markus Zusak has compelling characters, an engaging plot, and wonderful writing. But it's biggest strength is the narrator: the personification of Death. In this episode, I use The Book Thief to break down the key qualities of a compelling narrator. Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list:...

Duration:00:20:43

16 - Boone Shepard - The Silhouette and the Sacrifice by Gabriel Bergmoser - Writing Awesome Endings

1/8/2019
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16 - Boone Shepard - The Silhouette and the Sacrifice by Gabriel Bergmoser - Writing Awesome Endings. I recently read the third and final book in Gabriel Bergmoser's Boone Shepard trilogy - and I loved the ending so much that I'd outlined an episode within hours of finishing the book. Here's my thoughts on how to write great endings. Shownotes: My interview with Gabriel Bergmoser: Episode 5 - Gabriel Bergmoser Interview - Windmills, Boone Shepard, Movie Maintenance, and Red Dragon...

Duration:00:17:18

15 - 2018 in review - Everything I Read, Favourite Books, and Top Writing Lessons

1/4/2019
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15 - 2018 in review - Everything I Read, Favourite Books, and Top Writing Lessons. With 2018 in the rear view mirror, I recap all 61 books I read last year, and extract key writing lessons I learnt from them. Enjoy this special bonus episode! Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:37:56

14 - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - 6 Steps to make the reader cry

12/25/2018
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14 - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - 6 Steps to make the reader cry. After reading this amazing book twice (my fave read of 2017!), I finally figured out how to articulate my thoughts about it. It's an amazing read, full of emotion, and in this episode I break down HOW Daniel Keyes achieves this. Enjoy! Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:19:49

13 - The Martian by Andy Weir - Problem and Response Story Structure

12/11/2018
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13 - The Martian by Andy Weir - Problem and Response Story Structure. I've read this book multiple times and love it more with each re-read. In this episode, I try to figure out why it's so engaging, and end up categorising problems/conflict into 6 distinctive archetypes which can benefit any story. Shownotes: Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:18:25

12 - Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - Controlling Pacing using Chapters

11/27/2018
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12 - Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - Controlling Pacing using Chapters. This was the first Brandon Sanderson novel I read, and boy did it get me hooked. This YA Superhero story is a masterclass in pacing, and pulls readers through the novel at a ridiculous speed. Today, I'll analyse how Sanderson achieved such a fast pace. Shownotes: Previous Brandon Sanderson Episode: 10 - Mistborn The Final Empire - by Brandon Sanderson - Mastering the Grand Skill of Worldbuilding Twitter:...

Duration:00:17:05

11 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling - Narrative Misdirection

11/13/2018
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11 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling - Narrative Misdirection. This is one of my favourite books, and in today's episode I dive deep into how you can use the 2+2 rule to misdirect readers. If you want to learn more about how Rowling writes plot twists, this is the episode for you! Twitter: @JedHerne Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story Episode 3 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - Creating Suspense Using Question Arcs A...

Duration:00:15:27

10 - Mistborn The Final Empire - by Brandon Sanderson - Mastering the Grand Skill of Worldbuilding

10/30/2018
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10 - Mistborn The Final Empire - by Brandon Sanderson - Mastering the Grand Skill of Worldbuilding. Sanderson is a master of creating compelling fantasy worlds. Mistborn is a perfect example - and it's one of the best novel's I've read this year. In this episode, I'll analyse different techniques Sanderson uses to craft an amazing world. Shownotes: Brandon Sanderson's (Amazing!) writing lectures:...

Duration:00:22:44

9 - The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester - Grounding the Future in the Past

10/16/2018
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9 - The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester - Grounding the Future in the Past. This golden age sci-fi novel has a lot to teach - oddly enough - about realism. Bester extracts qualities from historical eras to ground his world in a sense of truth, and in this episode I explore how he does this and how you can do the same. Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes (links to books & articles I mentioned, etc.): novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list:...

Duration:00:27:24

8 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Creating Empathy for the Hero

10/2/2018
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8 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Creating Empathy for the Hero. If you want readers to keep turning pages, empathy is crucial. In this episode, I examine how Cline uses goals to make readers care about Wade Watts. Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes: novelanalyst.com/episode8 Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:19:26