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We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your…

Sylvester Stallone starred in the excellent dramatic film "Cliffhanger," and is looking forward to your entries this week. (Photo by Towpilot, CC BY-SA-3.0.)

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We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and styles.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post to generate a pingback — and make sure your post has been specifically published in response to this challenge. We might just highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Fridays, or in our monthly newsletter.

Welcome to the first Daily Post writing challenge of 2014! You might be expecting a New Years’-themed challenge like your blogging resolutions, or a 2013 retrospective — but we read your blogs, and we know lots of you have already written those. Let’s kick off 2014 in a different way: with a cliffhanger.

Sylvester Stallone starred in the excellent dramatic film "Cliffhanger," and is looking forward to your entries this week. (Photo by Towpilot, CC BY-SA-3.0.)

Sylvester Stallone starred in the excellent dramatic film “Cliffhanger,” and is also looking forward to your entries this week. (Photo by Towpilot, CC BY-SA-3.0.)

For this week’s challenge, write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. Breathless with anticipation. On the edges of the seats. Obsessively clicking “refresh,” waiting impatiently for the end of the story. We want to hear audible groans when readers reach the end of your post and see “To be continued…”

You’ll need to think through the story you want to tell, and then figure out where to split it in half for greatest dramatic effect.

Does this mean we’re asking you to write fiction? Not at all — any kind of post can get the season finale treatment:

  • Tell a personal story, but withhold the unexpected ending.
  • Write a forceful opinion piece, but don’t reveal your point of view.
  • Share a photo essay, but hold back the final, perfect image that ties the rest together.
  • Get our mouths watering with a description of your favorite dish, but make us wait for the recipe.
  • Show us the steps in your last DIY project, but wait on sharing how it turned out.

Blogging is about sharing our stories, and a good story keeps readers hooked. This week, figure out how to turn your story into a nail-biter.

Publish the two posts whenever you’d like; on the same day, a day apart, or a week apart, depending on how tense you want to leave your readers.  Zero to Hero folks, you’re welcome to get in on the action! Bonus points also available for anyone else who manages to work Sylvester Stallone into their post.

Ready to up the tension? Write!

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    1. If you link to this point in yours, it will create a link to yours at the bottom of the page — that’s a pingback, and it helps other challenge participants to find your post.

      If you scroll down, you’ll see there are already some pingbacks. To learn more, click on the link in the post above.

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    2. Duane, copy the url (address) of this post. Then embed it (paste) as a link into any word on your post. For example: Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger. Embed the link into the word Cliffhanger, then click on it after you publish the post. That will link back here then place a link to your post.

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    1. I just posted an installment in my fanfiction…and it happened to end with a major cliffhanger (for everyone but my sister). That was before I read this–does it still count? =)

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      1. “Hey, I didn’t mention a lot of things.” -that made me burst out laughing!

        For two days my inbox has been silent. Notifications of new posts as well as WP-DailyPost/Prompt challenges have gone MIA/AWOL, and I cannot figure out why.

        I found you, however, and this is a great challenge!

        Lisa/Z

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  1. Can’t wait to get my computer out of the ER and see what kind of mind it has now, after its brain transplant. It may take over my blog! AAARRRGGGHHH! I’ll have to write about that when I can get my hands on it (using the one at work on my lunch hour doesn’t quite compensate).

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204 Responses Ready to write? To participate, publish a post on your blog that responds to the prompt. Include a pingback and we’ll list your post below. Learn More