What makes you stick with a story for 60 or 70 thousand words 'til it is finished. When I write, a lot of my stuff is character-driven rather than plot-driven so it can quickly go by the wayside, without conflict, but when I write it I think of this is good, I like it, and then after the third or fourth revision, I am torn and wonder if it is not complete and utter crap. What drives you to finish a story and not throw it out during the revision process? (I blame this on my perfectionist streak) but what encourages you to stick with a story and see it through to the end (yes, I did have a question after all that rambling lol ) How do you know if others will like it? I mean if JK Rowling and every other New York Times Bestseller gets rejected ten times, I feel even more doubtful about my own story...Is finishing a story more than half the battle? I read some statistic somewhere that if a 1,000,000 people set out to write a novel, only 10,000 will actually finish.