How to write a cliffhanger

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I grew up reading the Harry Potter books. They were real page-turners — I was always eager to keep reading. In particular, many chapters ended in cliffhangers. I took a lot of creative writing classes, but none of them taught me how to write a book like that. They taught me a lot of theories about Conflict and Symbolism and Scene Structure. But none of them taught me a theory of how to write a page-turner.

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The Cliffhanger: How to Write a Story Your Readers Can't Put Down

Writing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for the craft of professional writing, including fiction, non-fiction, technical, scholarly, and commercial writing. It only takes a minute to sign up. Connect and share knowledge within a single location that is structured and easy to search. In the second not yet written book of my novel series, the ending is a cliffhanger. A very hopeless one. The very hopelessness of it is deliberate. Not only am I signing them up for the next installment, but I'm shocking them in a way as to leave them traumatized and scared for the rest of the series the books are generally quite hopeless and unforgiving.

The Cliffhanger: How to Write a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down

What are they, really? Why do some people hate them? How can you minimize the number of people who will likely despise you for your cliffhanger fetish?
A cliff hanger is a sudden abrupt ending to a plot. There is not a resolution to the problem-the reader is left hanging. Writers often end chapters in a book with a cliff hanger -the reader must read the next chapter to find out what happens to resolve a tense situation. Cliff hanger endings are also common is books or movies that are a series-we are left "hanging" at the end of the first book or movie so that we will want to read or see the next one. A movie about a baseball team ends with the team winning the series, but with a new rookie joining them in the locker room for spring training.

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