Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors and followers post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic: How do you reward yourself when you meet your writing goals? Answer for big goals (i.e. I will buy a Lear jet when I get published) and/or small goals (I eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's in one sitting when I finish each chapter).
I think my rewards for goals large and small all involve chocolate--just bigger and better forms of chocolate for escalating goals!
But seriously, back in the naive days when I was close to finishing my first draft of Spirits from the Vasty Deep, my husband and I decided that when I sold my book (which we thought was about 3 months tops) we would use part (snort! part!) of the advance to go to some of the places mentioned in the book: Spain, Jamaica, Antigua, New England. We haven't yet been put in the position to decide if that's still what we want to do.
For smaller goals, I often reward myself with some reading or TV watching. I have difficulty reading fiction while I'm drafting new writing or deep in revisions (the other book's style creeps in, or I'm in editor mode and too critical to enjoy it), so if I've hit my writing goal during the week I might splurge by reading a novel over the weekend. Or celebrate with an anticipated TV show, like Dr. Who, a Britcom, True Blood, or Castle. While eating chocolate.
Today, I came down from an Interesting Phone Call with a peanut-butter chocolate-chip Lara Bar and an episode of Psych. I'll be good and have blueberries and pecans for dessert later.