S17E3 – To Cliffhang or Not to Cliffhang?

One question we encounter a lot is about how to keep a reader interested in a story. What devices can be used to make the reader turn the page, or say “just one more chapter” over and over? One that many authors turn to is the cliffhanger. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as saying “to be continued.”

While there are times that a cliffhanger is the perfect device, it can also create more frustration for the reader than curiosity. It comes down to when and how they’re used. Listen to this episode for an explanation of different kinds of cliffhangers and where they can be used best.

First aired December 10, 2020.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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