Endings are a struggle.
If you leave too many plot problems unresolved, then the ending doesn’t feel complete. But if you wrap up the story (complete with a neat little bow), the story doesn’t feel real. Striking that happy balance between significant resolution while leaving a few things undone is where I get on the struggle bus.
If I don’t wrap up all the issues my characters face, then I feel like I never come to the end. The story seems to keep dragging on. Yet, when I plan ahead and ensure that everything comes out alright, it feels like I should slap onto the end, “and they all lived happily ever after. The End.”
How do you find your ending? Do you plan ahead and type everything out toward that goal? Or does the ending suddenly sneak up on you without warning?