I'm finally closing in on a long-time goal of finishing a novel-length manuscript. I'm on chapter 21 of 30 and finishing at a rate of a chapter every 1-2 days. (wipes brow) But it's getting a lot harder, because it's TERRIBLE. A few scenes work well and are half-decently presented. Most of the manuscript is interesting but poorly written. The rest is just awful. It's easy to say "I could write better than this!" when reading a bad book but it's harder than it looks. I've shown the best few excerpts to friends and they are, of course, full of encouragement. "Oh it's amazing! I want to know what happens next! When can I get my signed copy?" (eye roll) But my internal editor is telling me this is going to take at least three times as long to rewrite as it did to finish the first draft. (grr! argh!) What keeps you going when you know it's awful? What keeps you on target when you know it's going to take months to polish the dull turd into a shiny gem?