I'm looking for some advice: I have real issues with writing, or even planning, endings for my stories. I have no trouble setting out the situation, getting to know the characters, creating some tension between them, but I don't know how to resolve it. Every story I plan seems to just fade out at the end, and that makes me lose motivation during the writing stage. I think my issue arises because I tend to draw heavily on real people, places and situations as inspirations, and real life never has neat endings with all the ends tied up. I want my fiction to be as believable as possible, and wrapping everything up in an 'ending' always seems fake. I also feel that endings are really important, and play an important role in delivering the premise or 'message' of the whole book, so that puts too much pressure on it: anything I think up never seems good enough. And maybe I'm also too attached to my characters and don't really want them to change, which is why I don't think out their stories beyond the crisis point. The only resolution I can usually think of is to kill off a main character whose future I can't envision, but I would find it more satisfying to help my characters outgrow those dead ends. Anyone else have this problem? How do you deal with it?