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The Novel Analyst Podcast

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.

Mar 19, 2019

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...

Mar 5, 2019

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!


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Feb 19, 2019

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!


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Feb 4, 2019

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!). 


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Jan 21, 2019

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...