I'm having a problem where I begin to write a story and as soon as a few paragraphs in I feel a sort of aimlessness and even boredom (not good if I'm bored of my story, can't expect my readers to feel different). So I've been trying really hard to think how the story will end, because usually I create a character I find interesting but just can't think of what they should do. I'm wondering is it customary to write with an ending in mind, or is this a failure of planning and outlining? I've still never once tried using an outline... perhaps I should do that. Feels boring like a math problem though. Maybe it's just my attention span that needs fixing.