I am going to make a start because the recent 'Romance' thread has messed with my brain. Question: is the solution to a central conflict necessary? The accepted 'wisdom' in fiction is, that a solution to a central conflict should be given. Yet I can't help but wonder - in nonfiction it's virtually impossible for events to get solved. It tells the story of a specific time, but there is no solution. All the non-fiction I have read are united in that all of them do NOT resolve the conflict. And - what the heck is 'central conflict' anyway?? Is it the wider war? Or is it the particular events, going on around the MC? Or is it none of those things? I haven't read military fiction novels (yet), so I can't judge what these stories do. Do they have a solution to their 'central conflict'? How are these stories rounded up? Anyone of you have military fiction novels they can recommend, which answer this specific question particularly well?