Photo Credit - TimOve (Creative Commons - Flickr)

Photo Credit – TimOve (Creative Commons – Flickr)

Cliffhangers are tough. For the writer, but especially for the reader. I know. I read books with cliffhangers. They sometimes make me so mad (said through gritted teeth and a really weird, angry voice). Most of the time, if done right, those endings make me crave the next book. That’s the point, right?

Kristi Cook, who wrote the Winterhaven series and released #3 of this series just this week, recently posted her thoughts (which I love and agree with) about cliffhangers and young adult fiction in a blog post on the blog How To Write titled: Young Adult Fiction and the Cliffhanger…

And here’s what makes a good cliffhanger work:  You resolve the shorter, book-only story arc at the end of the novel, and then move quickly into the opening of the next story arc, and leave off there.  Think of it as revealing the next book in the series’ inciting event, and then stopping, leaving the reader to wonder how the protagonist will solve the next problem as they move toward the ultimate over-arching story resolution.

Read the entire post to get her entire perspective.

Let’s take a poll.

Choose one of the following (or write your own response) and leave it in the comments…

“I love cliffhangers. I wish every book ended with one.”

“I hate cliffhangers. They make me so mad I could spit.”

Since I left you with a pretty major cliffhanger at the end of Mindspeak, I’d love to know your thoughts…


And speaking of that cliffhanger…

UPDATE ON THE RELEASE OF MINDSIEGE: Mindsiege is currently being edited by a lovely content editor and read by some super supportive beta readers/critique partners. I am still on track to release Mindsiege in November. *fingers crossed* There is still one aspect of the process that is out of my control, but I will do everything in my power to get this book to you before the holiday season. 

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