Okay, two questions. One general/specific question and then one that revolves closer to my own outline/story I'm trying to write. 1. When you are developing your story, how do you decide on an ending? What leads you there? I seem to have the problem with having the overall theme down and not knowing how I want to leave it in the end. I have been considering more of an "open-ended" ending, that I can leave alone, or leaves room to create a sequal but I'm not entirely sure yet? The characters/theme/message/the "in between" information usually seems to come, but I see as my characters going on forever and constantly seeking out new persuits and growing rather than there being an "end" and I'm not always sure how to plan out the ending to my story. 2. Any suggestions for where to end my storyline? (or rather, thinking through to arrive at that point where I can plan the ending?) What do you think of my plot structure so far? Current plot: Begins at the start of cross country time trials to detirmine who will be on varsity. Along the words of "read, set, go" Story revolves around 2 senior high school students, both in cross country The main character looses a family member she is incredibly close to (this will be either her mom or her grandmother) Running becomes an outlet for the character, as well as long walks/dialogue between her and her best friend Additional struggles between the ending will include conflicts with self about religion, choices after college, and (maybe) a boy who breaks her heart during this tough time As another outlet along with running, I either want the main character to be good at writing, painting, or music or a combination of those but havn't decided for sure what her main skill-set is going to be. I do have a painting idea in mind though that can be symbolic/she paints to express what she is going through Ending: with "read, set, go" into another stage of life after coming to terms with the death of her (mother or grandmother) that she was close to What I'm struggling with now is where I want it to end. I know I want her to be coming to terms with what she is going through, and using the way she handles running as a way to leap into another obstacle and stage of life that she is passionate about. For instance, if I make her musically inclined, "ready, set, go" could be walking onto a stage to perform. But as far as setting up the story and plot, I don't know how I want this to work yet and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for how to think through it?