As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"
Cliffhanger or will I hang? That is the question.
Currently, I am scrambling to mesh many comments into my rough draft that I thought was closer to sharing than it is. A very savvy beta reader asked me why a particular scene was so important. Could it be condensed without the whole suffering or possibly a second book?
I think I like the second alternative. But it would leave me with a few dilemmas.
First, and I believe most important, would readers forgive the major Cliffhanger? As in the suspense of the book not solved but carried to Book 2.
Second, more work will be required to do what authors call "fluff" the novel. This requires adding more without sending the reader into a l" hunt to kill author" mode.
Third, since this is a time-travel romance, if the cliffhanger is none other than along the lines of: Will hero/heroine return for the other? Will their love survive the absence? Will the reader be open to such?
Decisions, decisions…help me make the decision. Will you read a cliffhanger if you know it will leave you hanging? Under what conditions would you consider doing so?
And yes, I can wrap it all up, but I don't think you or I would be as content in the long run. After all-- good things are worth waiting for.