A podcast that analyses stories to help you become a better writer
Author: Jed Herne
I'm an Australian architecture student, and my fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Scarlet Leaf Review, Flintlock and Down in the Dirt. I blogs at jedhernewriter.wordpress.com, and my writing advice has been published on The Better Novel Project, The Writing Cooperative and ProWritingAid.
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!
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!).
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.
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.