There's a reason that conventions exist and that they are, well, conventional. Doesn't mean you are required to use them or all the time. But if you get stuck or aren't sure why a story isn't working, it can be real useful to look at some of these sorts of discussions, as well as some of the decent books on writing/genre-writing, like Nancy Kress' Beginnings, Middles and Ends.
Right. Like the only things holding back my stories are, in no particular ranking, the beginnings, the middles and the ends. (grin)
Clarion 2006 Reading
Hope to be driving on from the office to East Lansing and Archives Books to see the aforementioned Nancy Kress at a reading, 7pm tonight. Y'all be there, okay?