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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.

Jan 8, 2019

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...

Jan 4, 2019

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!


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Dec 25, 2018

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....

Dec 11, 2018

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. 


Nov 27, 2018

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...