The Novel Analyst Podcast

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

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By Jed Herne
I’m Jed Herne and each episode I analyse a story to help you become a better writer. My goal: use the books I love to improve my writing - and help you in the process! My own stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Arcanist, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Flintlock, and more. New episodes published every 2nd Tuesday at 8am Perth time. Get free stories when you join my Reader Club: jedherne.com/club.
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36 - [Interview] Gareth Hanrahan: World Building, Writing Advice, and Creating a Successful Writing Career
Stoked to interview Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer - which I analysed on the show just a few days ago. We had an excellent in-depth chat about his book, how writing for role-playing games has helped him as an author, and lots more. Enjoy! Show Notes: Gareth's top books/resources: DECLARE, Tim Powers Lavondyss, Robert Holdstock Deep Work, by Cal Newport Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey (more accessible version of Deep Work) Hamlet's Hit Points, Robin D Laws Storyteller Tools, M. Harold Page House of Leaves  Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer 7 Wonders of the Industrial World (BBC Series) My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, comes out tomorrow! (Sep 20th, 2019). Read it here: https://jedherne.com/firesofthedead Questions, comments, queries? I love hearing from you! I respond to every email sent to: jed.herne1@gmail.com
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September 19, 2019
35 - The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan - World Building for Fantasy Cities
In today's episode, I outline a guide for world-building amazing fantasy cities - like the one Hanrahan created in The Gutter Prayer. Here's my key world-building lessons learnt from this book: 1. Consider the first scene as a microcosm 2. The first scene sets the tone 3. Explore your interests 4. Consider how different characters react to the same world. 5. More ideas is better than not enough 6. Layer it up! 7. Treat the city as a character 8. It's about the intertwining Show Notes: My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, comes out September 20th! Buy a copy during launch week (between 20th-27th September), then send me your receipt and I'll set you up with exclusive bonuses. My email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/Fires-Dead-Fantasy-Jed-Herne-ebook/dp/B07WDBLW9Y
28:29
September 17, 2019
Special sneak peek! Chapter one of my debut fantasy novella, FIRES OF THE DEAD
Hey podcast! My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, releases in 10 days on September 20th! It'll be available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook forms. I'm so stoked to share it with the world :). Can't wait to hear what you think!  Blurb:  Wisp is a Pyromancer: a magician who draws energy from fires to make his own flames. He’s also a criminal, one job away from retirement. And it can’t come bloody soon enough. Leading his misfit crew, Wisp ventures into a charred and barren forest to find a relic that could change the realm forever. But they aren’t the only ones on the hunt, and the forest isn’t as barren as it seems … A jaded gang leader longing for retirement A bloodthirsty magician with a lust for power A brutish fighter who’s smarter than he looks A young thief desperate to prove herself A cowardly navigator with secrets that won’t stay buried Together, they must survive fights, fires, and folk tales that prove disturbingly real – if they don’t kill each other first. Fires of the Dead is a dark fantasy novella with a unique magic system, perfect for anyone wanting a fast-paced read.   *** To stay updated with the book launch (and my writing in general), you can join my free author email newsletter: https://jedherne.com/club/. When you sign up, you'll get some bonus fantasy and sci-fi stories!
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September 10, 2019
34 - The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough - Creating Emotion
The Language of Dying is an elegiac, emotionally moving novella, about a woman whose father is dying. In today's episode, I dive deep into analysing how the author crafted such a profound emotional experience. If you want your words to move your readers, this episode explains how. My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, is available on amazon! Get it here: http://bit.ly/firesjedherne Show Notes: Fires of the Dead, by Jed Herne - https://jedherne.com/firesofthedead/ Watch my YouTube channel for writing advice every weekday:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjB-qFoNxNbQq0S3boWxIA?view_as=subscriber   Join my exclusive free Reader Club email newsletter to stay up to date with my writing projects:  https://jedherne.com/club/ Twitter: @jedherne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com
18:37
September 3, 2019
33 - A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. - Exploring Theme through Structure
My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, is available on amazon for pre-order! Get it here: https://amzn.to/31KMCUR Or use this link to read a free sample chapter:  https://jedherne.com/dead/  A Canticle for Leibowitz is a 1959 post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel by Walter M. Miller Jr. It's often described as one of the first post-apocalyptic stories. Without it, there would be no Book of Eli, The Stand, or most other post-apocalyptic tales. Don't just take my word for it. It won the 1961 Hugo Award - one of science fiction's highest honours. Legendary scientist Carl Sagan described it as: "so tautly constructed, so rich in the accommodating details of an unfamiliar society that [it] sweep me along before I have even a chance to be critical". It's a remarkable novel. I don't have the space in one episode to fully analyse it, so today I'm focusing on just one thing: how it uses an unconventional structure to explore the theme and emotionally gut-punch readers. Enjoy! Show Notes: Fires of the Dead, by Jed Herne - https://jedherne.com/dead/    Watch my YouTube channel for writing advice every weekday:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjB-qFoNxNbQq0S3boWxIA?view_as=subscriber   Join my exclusive free Reader Club email newsletter to stay up to date with my writing projects:  https://jedherne.com/club/ Twitter: @jedherne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com
26:49
August 20, 2019
32 - Gabriel Bergmoser Interview - lessons learnt from book deals, movie deals, and becoming a full-time writer
Gabriel Bergmoser is a Melbourne based author and playwright.  He's written the Boone Shepard trilogy (I analysed book 3 in this episode of the podcast) along with multiple plays. His latest novel is The Hunted (aka Sunburnt Country in the UK), which comes out in mid-2020 from HarperCollins.  It was a pleasure to have Gabe back on the podcast to discuss his recent book & movie deals, along with other aspects of his life as a writer. Have a listen if you're interested in: - Gabe's advice for being resilient and overcoming rejection; - What it's like to get a huge book deal with a major publisher (& an equally huge movie deal!); - The biggest writing lesson he learnt from finishing the Boone Shepard trilogy; And loads more! Show Notes: 16 - Boone Shepard - The Silhouette and the Sacrifice by Gabriel Bergmoser - Writing Awesome Endings Gabe's review of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad News about The Hunted and the film deal Gabe's twitter account:  https://twitter.com/gobergmoser  For writing advice every weekday, check out my YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjB-qFoNxNbQq0S3boWxIA?view_as=subscriber   For free sci-fi & fantasy stories, and to stay updated with my writing projects, join my free newsletter:  https://jedherne.com/club/  Twitter: @jedherne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com
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August 6, 2019
[Announcement] I'm giving away 7 Joe Abercrombie novels for FREE!
Enter the free contest to win 7 Joe Abercrombie fantasy novels: http://bit.ly/firstlawgiveaway (Contest ends on 12th August, 2019, so get in quick!) Join my email newsletter to stay updated with my upcoming book launch:  https://jedherne.com/club/ To build buzz for the launch on my debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, on September 20th, 2019, I'm giving away a paperback collection of Joe Abercrombie's amazing fantasy novels! I've discussed Abercrombie before, on the following podcast episodes: 2 - The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - Characterisation through Contradiction 7 - The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie - Exploring Theme Hit me up on twitter @JedHerne or email me at jed.herne1[at]gmail.com with any questions. 
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August 5, 2019
31 - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Using the Relationship Axes to Create Interesting Character Dynamics
 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a gritty YA fantasy heist story. It's got a racing plot, an interesting setting, and amazing characters. In this episode, I analyse the relationship between Kaz and Inej, using Mary Robinette Kowal's 6 relationship axes: Mind - Both people have similar levels of intelligence. Money - Both people have similar attitudes about money. They don't both have to have the same amount. This is about what money is for and how it's handled. Morals - Similar moral compasses of right and wrong. Manners - Similar senses of what is polite. So it's possible to have the same manners and wildly different morals. Monogamy - Similar attitudes about the relationship. You know that guy that thinks you are BFFs and you think you're just colleagues? Marx Brothers - You both find the same things funny.  Source:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/writing-stable-8172456  Show Notes: Go here to see the table I mentioned: https://novelanalyst.com/?p=536  Episode 25 - all about Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to this novel:  https://novelanalyst.com/2019/04/30/25-crooked-kingdom-by-leigh-bardugo-the-art-of-setting-descriptions/  Check out my youtube channel for writing advice every weekday:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjB-qFoNxNbQq0S3boWxIA?view_as=subscriber   Join my exclusive free Reader Club email newsletter to stay up to date with my writing projects:  https://jedherne.com/club/ Twitter: @jedherne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com
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July 23, 2019
30 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - Writing Twists
After Dale from The Reading Gorilla podcast sent in a listener request, who was I to ignore it? This is an episode about Orson Scott Card's sci-fi classic, Ender's Game. Specifically, I examine how he crafted such an amazing twist. Enjoy! And if you want to request an episode, or just have any feedback on the podcast, email me at jed.herne1@gmail.com, or download the free Anchor app to your phone, then search for 'The Novel Analyst Podcast,' and click the appropriate buttons to send me a voice message.  Show Notes: Check out my new youtube channel for writing advice every weekday:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjB-qFoNxNbQq0S3boWxIA?view_as=subscriber   Join my exclusive free Reader Club email newsletter to stay up to date with my writing projects:  https://jedherne.com/club/ Twitter: @jedherne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com
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July 9, 2019
29 - The Way of Kings - Stormlight Archive book 1 - by Brandon Sanderson - Crafting Epic Fantasy
What does it mean to craft epic fantasy? How is it different that other forms of fantasy? What are it's unique strengths, and potential pitfalls? All those questions and more answered in today's episode, which focuses on The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Enjoy! Check out my new youtube channel for writing advice every weekday:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjB-qFoNxNbQq0S3boWxIA?view_as=subscriber   Join my exclusive free Reader Club email newsletter to stay up to date with my writing projects:  https://jedherne.com/club/ Twitter: @jedherne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com
17:28
June 25, 2019
Talk isn’t cheap - Quick Storytelling Tips 005
Let me know what you think of these short bonus episodes by emailing jed.herne1@gmail.com. Also, if you want free sci-fi and fantasy stories written by me, 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 exclusive bonus content.
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June 17, 2019
28 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling - Meaningful Supporting Characters
Today’s episode is all about secondary characters. What constitutes a great secondary character? How can us writers create amazing side characters that improve the quality of our stories? Show notes: 3 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - Creating Suspense Using Question Arcs 11 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling - Narrative Misdirection Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
17:39
June 11, 2019
… But really, I hated them - Quick Storytelling Tips 004
Let me know what you think of these short bonus episodes by emailing jed.herne1@gmail.com. Also, if you want free sci-fi and fantasy stories written by me, 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 exclusive bonus content. 
01:32
June 10, 2019
Truth in writing - Quick Storytelling Tips 003
Let me know what you think of these short bonus episodes by emailing jed.herne1@gmail.com. Also, if you want free sci-fi and fantasy stories written by me, 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 exclusive bonus content. 
02:48
June 3, 2019
27 - Skulduggery Pleasant - Death Bringer by Derek Landy - The Gap
27 - Skulduggery Pleasant - Death Bringer by Derek Landy - The Gap Backstories matter, but they can be hard to execute. This episode deconstructs how Landy uses the idea of the Gap to create intriguing character backstories that readers crave to learn. Enjoy! Shownotes: 19 - Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - The Art of Naming Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email 
16:41
May 28, 2019
Theme is not preaching - Quick Writing Tip 002
Let me know what you think of these short bonus episodes by emailing jed.herne1@gmail.com. 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 content. 
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May 27, 2019
Stay off the nose - Quick Writing Tip 001
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 content. 
02:56
May 20, 2019
26 - Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. Rowling - Ring Structure
 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 http://www.lulu.com/au/en/shop/john-granger/harry-potter-as-ring-composition-and-ring-cycle/paperback/product-13042044.html Harry Potter - Hedwig's Theme (Piano Version) Piano Version by Patrik Pietschmann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTPXwbDtIpA John Williams - Buckbeak's Flight (Extended) | London Symphony Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLiXPbjaZrA Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
21:40
May 14, 2019
25 - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - The Art of Setting Descriptions
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: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1 [at] gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email  
34:19
April 30, 2019
24 - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 2 - How to Write Funny
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: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
21:26
April 23, 2019
23 - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 1 - Why Characters Don't Matter
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: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
15:29
April 16, 2019
22 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Finding your Perfect Prose
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
27:39
April 2, 2019
21 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - Meaningful Endings and the Truth
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 my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
15:25
March 19, 2019
20 - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson - Avalanche Endings
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
18:29
March 5, 2019
19 - Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - The Art of Naming
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 generators: https://www.behindthename.com/random/ https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/ Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
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February 19, 2019
18 - Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson - Misfit Characters
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: novelanalyst.com/email
15:10
February 4, 2019
17 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Crafting Compelling Narrators
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: novelanalyst.com/email
20:44
January 21, 2019
16 - Boone Shepard - The Silhouette and the Sacrifice by Gabriel Bergmoser - Writing Awesome Endings
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 by Thomas Harris Twitter: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
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January 8, 2019
15 - 2018 in review - Everything I Read, Favourite Books, and Top Writing Lessons
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
37:57
January 4, 2019
14 - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - 6 Steps to make the reader cry
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
19:50
December 25, 2018
13 - The Martian by Andy Weir - Problem and Response Story Structure
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
18:26
December 11, 2018
12 - Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - Controlling Pacing using Chapters
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: @JedHerne Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com Website: novelanalyst.com Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
15:25
November 27, 2018
11 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling - Narrative Misdirection
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 Clockwork Prison: novelanalyst.com/prison Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
13:55
November 13, 2018
10 - Mistborn The Final Empire - by Brandon Sanderson - Mastering the Grand Skill of Worldbuilding
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ZDBOc2tX8&list=PLH3mK1NZn9QqOSj3ObrP3xL8tEJQ12-vL  Brandon Sanderson's Laws of Magic: https://brandonsanderson.com/sandersons-first-law/  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
23:25
October 30, 2018
9 - The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester - Grounding the Future in the Past
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: novelanalyst.com/email
14:03
October 16, 2018
8 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Creating Empathy for the Hero
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
09:50
October 2, 2018
7 - The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie - Exploring Theme
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, etc.): novelanalyst.com/episode7 Join my VIP email list: novelanalyst.com/email
24:48
September 18, 2018
6 - Neuromancer by William Gibson - 6 Lessons for Writers
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
10:45
September 4, 2018
5 - Gabriel Bergmoser Interview - Windmills, Boone Shepard, Movie Maintenance, and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
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 Movie Maintenance, and contributor to Movie Maintenance Presents. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Shownotes (links to books Gabe mentioned & more): novelanalyst.com/episode5 Twitter: @JedHerne  
1:02:22
September 1, 2018
4 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein - Writing an Amazing Midpoint
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
08:49
August 21, 2018
3 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - Creating Suspense Using Question Arcs
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
15:17
August 7, 2018
2 - The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - Characterisation through Contradiction
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
16:06
August 7, 2018
1 - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - Making Every Scene Interesting
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
23:12
August 7, 2018
0 Novel Analyst Teaser
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
02:07
August 6, 2018
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