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1 Ending With a Cliffhanger How to Leave Your Reader Wanting More Time4Writing provides these teachers materials to teachers and parents at no cost. More presentations, handouts, interactive online exercises, and video lessons are freely available at Time4Writing.com. Consider linking to these resources from your school, teacher, or homeschool educational site. The rules: These materials must maintain the visibility of the Time4Writing trademark and copyright information. They can be copied and used for educational purposes. They are not for resale. Want to give us feedback? We'd like to hear your views: Copyright Copyright 2012

2 Both an essay and a story need a good conclusion. In an essay, the conclusion sums up your main ideas In a story, it brings the tale to a complete ending A cliffhanger is an interesting way to end either an essay or a story. Copyright Copyright 2012

3 A cliffhanger is used less often in an essay, but it can still be an effective conclusion to make a challenge the reader wants to act on leave an opening for more developments in the future end with a question for the reader to ponder or wonder Copyright Copyright 2012

4 In a story, there are several ways to create the effect of a cliffhanger: 1. Using descriptive scenes 2. Using character dialogue 3. Using unanswered questions Copyright Copyright 2012

5 Descriptive Scenes Describe changes in the scene that readers will know happened because of the story Describe the story's end in a way that leaves the door open for future actions (maybe even a sequel) Copyright Copyright 2012

6 Sample Descriptive Scene "He had finally found her after all these years of searching. With shaky hands, he stood in front of her door, and then he knocked." Just be sure the main story is complete, so your readers don't feel cheated out of a proper ending. Copyright Copyright 2012

7 Cliffhanger Dialogue Use conversation to introduce the unexpected: "But that was just a small deposit," she informed them. "We haven't even found the real gold mine yet." OR "Stop talking for a minute," he cautioned. "Do you hear footsteps?" Copyright Copyright 2012

8 Questions as Cliffhangers Sample questions to leave the reader 'hanging': "Now that he had finished his quest, what was he going to do with himself?" OR "She had finally gotten her wish. But had it really made her happy?" Copyright Copyright 2012

9 More free WRITING BASICS resources: starting with a grabber prompting creative writing painting a picture with words developing typing skills Eight-week WRITING BASICS courses: elementary school middle school high school The end. Copyright Copyright 2012


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