This site contains links of our affiliate partners and the author/ site owner might earn commission every time you visit the links and/or purchase their products without additional cost to you.

Monday, July 16, 2018

What Do You Need to Know About Cliffhangers

Ways to create the effect of a cliffhanger:

Using character dialogue
Using unanswered questions
Descriptive scene / creating an atmosphere
Cliffhangers act as bait to lead the readers from one part of the text to another with more interest than before. Whether they happen between chapters, books, episodes, series of films or movies. To end a story with a cliffhanger is difficult.

-       Leave the reader questioning about ONE specific thing
-       Make the reader desire more 
-       leave with unknown information that is needed to understand the story
-       leave the reader with discontent

A cliffhanging ending doesn’t have to be something HUGE! As long as it keeps the reader guessing and asking themselves questions you have done your job as a writer.

A Cliffhanger Can:

Involve SOMEONE:
a)    Someone takes an action
b)   Someone reacts to something
c)    Someone arrives
d)   Someone leaves

a)    Something happens, on its own timeline or in response to something that a character did
b)   Something fails to happen
c)    Something changes
d)   Something fails to change

Include a new piece of information:
a)    The character learns something
b)   The character notices something
c)    The character figures something out
d)   The character decides something
e)    Character remembers something OR loses memory
f)     The character feels something

Most important thing NOT to do if you are writing a story ending with a cliffhanger is to make sure that the reader does not feel cheated out of a proper ending.
A cliffhanger is a surprise or story twist that leaves the reader wanting more NOT confused. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Featured Post

The Psychology Behind the Importance of Awards and Rewards

The origin of awards and rewards could be attributed with the basic need of man- that of belonging and acceptance. When you ar...

Thousands of merchants for different niches! Earn revenues using site!

Popular Posts