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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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@JedHerne

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Episodes

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

1/7/2019
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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...

Duration:00:17:18

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

1/3/2019
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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

12/24/2018
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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

12/10/2018
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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

11/26/2018
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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

11/12/2018
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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

10/29/2018
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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

10/15/2018
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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

10/1/2018
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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

7 - The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie - Exploring Theme

9/17/2018
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7 - The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie - Exploring Theme. This is one of the best books I've read this year, and what made it strong was Abercrombie's masterful control of theme. Today, I examine how The Heroes doesn't cram a moral down readers throats, but instead uses characters, structure, and symbolism to explore how in a war it's impossible to be a hero in every way and at every time ... Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes (links to books & articles I mentioned,...

Duration:00:48:18

6 - Neuromancer by William Gibson - 6 Lessons for Writers

9/3/2018
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Neuromancer was a 1984 genre-defining novel - and it still has a lot to teach writers today. Settle in as I pull 6 key lessons out of this ground-breaking sci-fi novel. Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes (links to books & articles I mentioned, etc.): novelanalyst.com/episode6 Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:21:02

5 - Gabriel Bergmoser Interview - Windmills, Boone Shepard, Movie Maintenance, and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

8/31/2018
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5 - Gabriel Bergmoser Interview - Windmills, Boone Shepard, Movie Maintenance, and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Today I'm changing things up from my normal analysis format by interviewing Gabe Bergmoser - one of my favourite Australian authors. Gabe is the author of Boone Shepard, Boone Shepard's American Adventure, and the forthcoming Boone Sheppard: The Silhouette and the Sacrifice. He's also a prolific playwright, winner of the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, host of...

Duration:02:06:14

4 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein - Writing an Amazing Midpoint

8/20/2018
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Done poorly, midpoints can bog down your story with annoying slowness. That's not the case in today's novel, which showcases one possible solution to avoiding the dreaded soggy middle. Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes (links to books & articles I mentioned, etc.): novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:17:14

3 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - Creating Suspense Using Question Arcs

8/6/2018
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Harry Potter is successful (amoung many other reasons) for Rowling's fantastic use of suspense and mystery. Today, I analyse how you can use question arcs to create suspense in your own writing, and how suspense destroys 'soggy middle syndrome.' Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes (links to books I mentioned, etc.): novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:29:48

2 - The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - Characterisation through Contradiction

8/6/2018
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Joe Abercrombie writes some of the most realistic, fleshed-out, and interesting characters in modern fantasy. Today, I'll analyse what makes his characters so complex. Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Shownotes (links to books I mentioned, etc.): novelanalyst.com/episode2 Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:31:30

1 - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - Making Every Scene Interesting

8/6/2018
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Pat Rothfuss' fantasy novel blew me away. In this episode, I analyse how he made every scene interesting - no mean feat given that this novel is over 600 pages long! Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:46:02

0 Novel Analyst Teaser

8/6/2018
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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. In this teaser, you'll learn about my writing journey and what I want to achieve with this podcast. Enjoy! The Aeon Academy Across the Broken Stars Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Show notes: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email

Duration:00:04:17