Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Do You Reward Yourself?

When you're writing a novel, I'm a big believer in rewarding yourself for achieving the baby steps along the way. For instance, when I'm in the revision process after finishing my first draft, I reward myself with chocolate after revising each chapter (don't judge). I'd like to say the satisfaction of writing and revising is entirely its own reward, but sometimes I need that extra shot of motivation.

So when I really want to push myself, the reward needs to be bigger, and then I'm way more likely to reach my goal. I don't watch much television and don't have any of those recording thingies to watch shows later, but I have a crazy addiction to Design Star on HGTV--I know, some people have a  wild side, and mine is dan-ger-ous. Anyway, guess who hit her word count goal last week with over 30 minutes to spare? This girl. It's on again tonight and I'm sure I'll hit my goal today too, because no way in hell am I missing David Bromstad's pep talks regarding room decor (I'm so badass like that).

Now that I've confessed my sure-fire writing reward, I want to know about you. How do you reward yourself? (It's okay if your method isn't as hard-core as mine. Not everyone can be this cool. ;)       


  1. I think rewarding yourself for your success is a great thing to do. I reward myself with a massage every 10 weeks, if I have been diligent at working out.

    I hadn't really thought about giving myself rewards for writing. Hmmmmmmm....I'll have to think on this one. :)

    1. Oh, I love the idea of getting a massage, but I wouldn't want to have to work out first. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. My reward for writing (or any other extra work activity)? Movies! My wonderful friend and neighbor is also writing a book. She and I will set goals and then treat ourselves to dinner and a movie together! Keeps us motivated and feels like a real escape!

    1. Movies are awesome! I don't always get out to the theater but have a standing "movie date night" with my hubby on Sat.'s. It's the only night I give myself off from writing. :)