Jennifer Garram gives some handy tips on how to stay motivated to write when it feels like no one’s bothering to read your work.
Think of a caterpillar entering a cocoon. Once he does so, one of two things will happen: He will either transform into a butterfly, or he will die. But no matter what else happens, he will never climb out of the cocoon as a caterpillar.
So it is with your protagonist.