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 don't have any traditional rewards for meeting my small writing goals, though I do use liberal amounts of Twizzlers, spice drops and sourdough hard pretzels to keep me going throughout the process.
I do have a planned reward for my first publishing contract. It will be opening a bottle of Gewurztraminer wine I bought on our ten-year anniversary trip to Traverse City, Michigan on Old Mission Peninsula. One of the most beautiful spots in Michigan, IMO...wineries and water views...perfectly romantic.
I'd written my first book, gotten my first agent and was about to go on submission for the first time when I tried this wine. I already loved Gewurztraminer wines because they walk that tight rope between dry and sweet and they're a little spicy, but this one had the added bonus of blooming in my mouth. I'd heard food and wine people say that could happen...that burst of flavor after the first taste...but I'd never experienced it before.
So, we bought the bottle, and I'm still saving it for my first publishing contract. It's a well-aged wine by now. I'm still waiting for that burst of flavor after all the taste of regular Gewurztraminer, but I still love the wine by itself.