Thursday, June 9, 2011

Author Blog Hop: Cliffhangers

QUESTION: Writing scenes(Part two): Define a cliffhanger in your own words and tell what it means to your writing?  Question provided by affiliate author L. P Robinson

Great question, L.P.  To me, a cliffhanger is a scene that creates a conflict requiring resolution, one that puts the protagonist in the hot seat and makes readers want to keep turning pages to learn what happens next. The conflict can be emotional or physical or psychological, depending on the genre. 
Good writers provide enough of a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter to keep readers interested. Really good writers ratchet up the tension throughout the story.

How to play: Your host: Sassy Brit of invites all writers (published and unpublished) to:

1. Grab the above AUTHOR BLOG HOP logo

2. Write your blog post in answer to the weekly "writing related" question and publish on your own blog

3. Go back to the CURRENT blog hop  and leave your link in the Linky Tools (or comments if you have trouble)

4. Hop from blog to blog meeting and greeting the other participants on the list.

The Linky Tools wouldn't allow me to complete the task of hopping onto the Blog Hop, but I'll try again later!


Miranda Hardy said...

I love cliffhangers. I couldn't write without them.

Emma Lai said...

Great definition, Cate.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Miranda and Emma! There's a definite art to crafting good cliffhangers!

Paula Martin said...

Good definition, Cate. I always try to end my chapters with some kind of cliffhanger so that the reader turns to the next chapater.
BTW I 'tagged' you on my blog (http://paulamartinpotpourri/

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Paula!