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Old November 29th, 2009 (11:45 AM).
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    I know what a one-shot in fanfiction is in a nutshell -- a story that is only one chapter long and about 500-1,000 words. But, I was wondering if a one-shot could be a cliffhanger, or rather, an ending that leaves the reader wondering what happens next without any text left to explain. I've read that all conflicts in one-shots are supposed to be resolved within the single chapter, but the idea that I have wouldn't follow these guidelines.

    ...Sorry, that was rather wordy. ._.;;

    But, would something like that still be considered a one-shot?
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    Old November 29th, 2009 (12:06 PM).
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      Well, a one-shot doesn't have a set limit, nor does it necessarily need to be a chapter's length. For example, when I wrote my one-shot Indebted, my average chapter length was about five pages. Indebted weighed in at eleven. Just thought I'd clear that up for ya. Anyway, just as a select few chaptered stories take cliffhanger endings (one of my stories did this, if you didn't count the epilogue making it rather obvious what had happened), one-shots can be cliffhanger endings too... if they're done well, that is. Usually, people get irritated when someone ends on a cliffhanger and doesn't make any attempt to explain themselves, but it really depends on how skilled you are and how much you want to leave to the readers' imagination.
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      Old November 29th, 2009 (12:15 PM). Edited December 1st, 2009 by LugiaFreak.
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        Alright, thank you. That will be very helpful in the future.
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