A PAINTING IS NEVER FINISHED - IT
SIMPLY STOPS IN INTERESTING PLACES.
I enjoy art that goes off the canvas/page, that's not necessarily contained by borders. I like to imagine the paint, or whatever the medium, reaching and stretching off into the distance, continuing its journey in whatever direction it needs to go. The artist may have to work within physical borders - and so has to stop, to "finish" - but the art itself can go on.
Now substitute poetry/stories/novels for paintings. As writers, our words are concrete and set within pages or a screen, but our stories travel farther and wider than we can ever imagine. Our job is to take the story as far as we can, to take it to "an interesting place," and then step back, step away and let it fly.
Let's take the stories we write, the stories we read, this week and "continue" them. Imagine the characters are living and working in an alternate universe, see the seasons change around them, answer the story questions that maybe weren't answered to your satisfaction and maybe ask some new ones. The story ended in one "interesting place" - let's take it to another.