Hi guys, Out of my desperation to finish a story within a certain time frame, and after months of stubbornly trudging on by myself, I'm finally caving and asking for help. This is not a recent problem either, I've experienced this before at varying degrees and it's reaching a point where I'm seriously worried. My problem is this. I can't finish stories. Wherever I look for help, I see online guides to finding ideas, to building characters, to researching, all of which I am fairly confident I can do. In fact, I have tons of ideas for stories. But every single time I sit down to write one, I start off at full power, build up an awesome premise....and then I'm at a loss for what happens next, and the story peters out. It's not like I don't know the meaning or emotions I'm trying to convey, I'm pretty well aware of that, I just don't know how the story should play out from begining to middle to end in order to achieve what I'm trying to get. Sure, I could force myself to finish a story, but that's what the ending is: forced, tedious, and with absolutely no point. I could also just write anything and everything that comes to mind - that produces pages upon pages of bizarre prose that also never turns into a finished story. Right now, all I really want to do is finish a short story, and either my idea doesn't turn into a story, or my idea is novel-sized in complexity and the story would go on forever if I wrote it, and I really need to learn how to finish a story. Any advice would be seriously appreciated.