Quote Originally Posted by satyesu View Post
It was my best friend, so I trust him.
So, you have to make your own choices.

But one person didn't like your first 50 pages. One.

Opinions are subjective. Even the opinions of best friends.

It's perfectly all right to stop working on a particular MS. Personally, I have to really love something to be able to finish it, no matter how much discipline I've got. I have a lifetime of partial stuff behind me.

But the reason I have to love something is because there will be people who hate it. There will be people close to me, people who love me, who won't read my work, who'll say kind things like "Well, that was a book, wasn't it?" and change the subject. No book is going to be universally beloved. If you want to finish a novel, you've got to love it enough to ignore all the people who don't.