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Writing Rewards! + Random Stranger Things Gifs

Let’s get this out of the way. Yes, writing is it’s own reward, blah blah blah. Drafting banter, perfecting a gorgeous sentence, getting to “the end” – those are all rewards, and some of the many reasons we write. BUT, most of the time, writing is hard work. Why? Because you, the writer, have a critical eye, and you know what makes a book good. You know that it doesn’t happen easily. In fact, it’s so hard people write blog posts about it!

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I really believe in rewarding yourself as you accomplish writing goals because…you deserve it! But also, rewards are great incentives to finish said goals.

Let’s start with small/medium rewards for small/medium goals. What counts as a small goal? This blog post. Reaching a target word goal. A second draft scene revision. A final draft chapter read-through. Writing a query. A synopsis. Honestly, you can reward anything that takes time and effort on your part. The reward is the incentive to finish these goals that seem small but add up.

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Now, what are some rewards? Watching T.V. Maybe an episode of Stranger Things (who am I kidding? You’ve already watched it). A bath. A book. A Skype-date with friends. An actual date. Milk tea! Sleep. Fun/free writing. Web surfing. Not twitter. Exercising? (No) Anyway, point being, when you reach a goal, you get a reward. You reach three small goals, you get an even bigger award (yes, it’s cumulative).

Now what counts as a big goal? Here are some big ones: Finishing a first draft! Finishing a final draft! Signing with an agent! Getting a book deal! Publishing a book!

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And…what counts as a big reward? Personally when I reach these goals, I eat big meals. And that’s enough for me. I actually think this is more celebratory than incentivizing. After all, I eat big meals all the time…

So…big goals = rewards that have more staying power in terms of good memories and celebrating with people you love. These goals are such a long time coming it’s hard to plan rewards for them. It’s more like you freak out and then sit in a daze.

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Anyway, the point of this post is to say: writing is not easy, and rewarding yourself is a great way to give your writing a break, to re-energize your mind and spirit so you can write some more!

So write! Watch T.V.! Write! Read a book! Write! Go for a walk! Finish your book! Sit in a daze! Rinse and repeat.

Here are some more ideas for rewards from WBP members:

Treat yourself (with food or a gift)

Make an aesthetic of your book, either for just yourself or to post on social media

Go to the spa!

Go see a movie

Buy yourself flowers

Take a day trip (I like to check out new coffee shops and cafes in my area)

Please feel free to share the ways you reward yourself in the comments below!

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