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Game of Thrones did exactly that, so it can't be that bad right? There is a lot of risk you are putting on your work with this approach. Pretty much you are putting all your eggs in the basket of your writing being so good that people want to read the second book, even though the first one failed to to have a satisfying payoff. Here are some bits of advice....


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Perhaps the difference between good and bad cliffhangers isn’t so much the cliffhanger itself (although some cliffhangers can be annoying because they feel too contrived to blatantly manipulate the readers emotions), but rather the more important issue is whether the reader had some resolution as well. Cliffhangers are the opposite of resolution: they are a ...


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If you are doing a series, you want there to be (partially) unanswered questions still open at the end of each book, along with the promise that at least some of those answers will be supplied in the next book. The trick is to make each book worthwhile in its own right. That is, the purchase and consumption of the book was not a waste of time for the reader. ...


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This is acceptable, and sort of done before. I don't know how familiar you are with games but the first 2 stories from the main StarCraft saga both end in a crushing defeat for the good guys (and the third one they had "won" the battle but were still losing the war). (Note: The first 3 stories were released together) Only until the 7th out of 9 stories the ...


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First thing you should do is not think about it as Part 1 and Part 2 of a cliffhanger, but one complete story presented with a very extended intermission. As the writer, you should know the answer to every possible fan question that will be asked in between the first run on the cliffhanger. I consider two well known and quality cliffhangers to be "Star ...


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What is the scope of your cliffhanger? Is it broad, like at the end of the Fellowship of the Ring, with the state of multiple story arcs in question, or is it very narrow, like the closing scene of GoT Series 5 fading out on a dead Jon Snow when everyone assumed he was going to be a key player right to the end of the show? I think if you understand that, you ...


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