Note: when I say "keeps you writing" I mean writing a specific story instead of moving to something else. Not "what keeps you writing" in the grander philosophical sense That might sound like a weird question, but it was one I've thinking on. I've found my story-writing inspirations always comes from different places, but the actual desire to write always come from the urge to write a very specific scene. It's this idea where I have to keep going, so I can get to that point and finally write out that epic moment I've seen in my head a dozen times. Most of the time it's the climax. Here are some of my favorites: The time traveler banging on the locked door, screaming for her partner while Jack Ripper comes down the hall after her. The 20 something with the First Person POV discovering in a moment of clarity that she's actually an elderly woman suffering from dementia. The 18 female serial killer tormenting the biographer interviewing her, saying her newborn son could turn evil as well. The medieval priestess removing her holy veil to reveal half of her face is severely scarred and burned and telling the story of how she left her abusive father to die in a house fire. These are just a couple of my favorites (as of this posting, I have yet to begin the last one, so I'm hoping that scene stays interesting to me) but almost every story has one. And I've found that if I don't have that scene I'm looking forward to, my actual desire to finish the story wanes dramatically. I don't even have to have the outline completed, I just need to know it's there in the distance. Has this ever happened to you? Do you have that I MUST GET TO THAT MOMENT feeling? Or are you just a completionist that can't not-finish the manuscript? In short: what keeps you locked in to the story?