Writing: The Need to Raise Questions

At the start of a novel, the first sentence should always have a sense of intrigue and raise a couple of questions in the reader’s head. But what I was thinking is, is this any different to the cliffhangers that writers raise at the end of each chapter?

Firstly, the opening sentence should have intrigue, and either see the reader involved in the action, or waiting for it to happen. But for a chapter cliffhanger, usually it resolves the action or leaves room for minor development. It could also hint at action about to happen. Therefore, some of these criteria can apply to both.

So, is an opening sentence and a cliffhanger the same in a book? Comment below!

Liam

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