When writing fiction, one of the first things to establish in the narrative is conflict. It is the writer's task to create a setting in which something or somebody is really screwed up, and then employ her plot structure to resolving said conflict. In this way, many writers of fiction are like born-again believers; they start with the premise that the world is broken, and needs to be fixed, the plot is redemption, the climax is armageddon, the ending is eternal life (or not). Of course conflict comes in many forms. Your story's conflict might have to do with a traditional binary of good versus evil, a disfunctional relationship, psychological disconnect, an unsolved mystery, and the list goes on. Sometimes the conflict is broader, and influences not just the protagonist/antogonist(s), but the world in which the author lives as well. These might be called social commentaries, but the catagory is often broader than that.
How do you as writers handle conflict in your stories. How does conflict evolve as the story progresses? Is there always a resolution present in your mind, as the author, when creating conflict, or are you accompanying your characters in quest of this resolution?