Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
A novel’s resolution can ensure a satisfying read or it can drive readers mad at the way it doesn’t fit the story. Learn more about story resolution in fiction.
An ending that doesn’t pay off for the reader, that doesn’t meet genre expectation or satisfy reader anticipation, is a problem ending. A bad ending can turn off readers. Deliver a payoff instead of an ending that disappoints.
No matter where you take the reader, what you drag him through or under or around, you must see that he’s satisfied. Ensure that at the moment he reads the final page, he feels the satisfaction that yes, this story could only end this way.