Hiya Guy Faukes,
In answer to some of your questions
What motivates you to sit down and hammer out a story?
You most certainly don't have to make the protagonist likeable. All you have to do is manage to get the readers to understand why he is the way he is.
Yeah... I'm trying to cut out the 'faffing' in my life. I'm in the practice of writing down what I want to achieve on a post-it
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