This week’s YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday:

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).

For me, the best rewards after a big writing spree are the ones that allow me to shut down my brain and recharge. Often, I’ll head for the movie theater and lose myself in someone else’s fictional world for awhile.

Or, when I hit a bigger writing goal, like finish a draft or a revision, I might spend the next day vegging in front of the TV.  Often, this will involve cramming as many episodes of a particular series into 24 hours as possible. Or curling up with books all day long.

Don't ask how many times I've watched this.

Being Human

If I’ve been particularly hermity, like before a deadline, I’ll spend the weekend with my family. Or go out to dinner with friends. Or go for a run to lose one of the five pounds I probably just gained from prolonged sitting and chocolate eating.

Nothing fancy, and nothing pre-planned. Basically, just whatever sounds good at the time.




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15 Responses to “YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday: Writing Rewards”

  1. Rebecca B Says:

    TV time is a wonderful reward–particularly Veronica Mars.

  2. Kristin Halbrook Says:

    Yessss Veronica Mars. Such as good recharge kind of goal for sure!

  3. Maria Cope Says:

    Love love love Veronica Mars! Think I found what I will be doing this weekend . . .

  4. Tracey Neithercott Says:

    Oh how I love Veronica Mars, may she rest in peace. I recently re-watched all three seasons and loved it just as much as I had the first time around. I like to clear my head, too.

  5. Abby Stevens Says:

    Whatever sounds good at the time sounds like a good reward to me!
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  6. Alicia Gregoire Says:

    A movie/TV marathon sounds like a great way to recharge.
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  7. Miss Cole Says:

    Marathon watching good shows is a great way to recharge. One day I will finish my epic X-Files rewatch.
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  8. Kathleen Says:

    OMG!!!! Did you tell me you were watching Being Human?!?!? Did I know this?!? Did I ever tell you that the first time I saw Being Human I said “This is everything I want people to take away from Hemlock?”


    Sorry. May have gotten a tad over-excited there.
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  9. Kate Says:

    Man, free time with the family is like a unicorn around here lately. I feel you on that one.
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  10. katharine owens Says:

    These sound great!
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  11. Rachel Searles Says:

    Those are all great rewards–it’s such a nice feeling to be able to unplug your brain from the book for a little while and just relax :)
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  12. Alison Miller Says:

    Oh – I love those rewards – sounds like a great way to recharge!
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  13. Lora Says:

    Movies, TV, and books were on my list, too. Definitely a great way to recharge and get new inspiration for the next bout of writing.
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  14. Horserider Says:

    I used to try to use Veronica Mars as a reward. But then I ended up spending more time watching the show than writing. Season one especially. And two. I’m just going to pretend three doesn’t exist.

  15. I'm Just Sayin Says:

    I think all of that sounds great. I really want to watch the British version of Being Human…not to mention the U.S. version that I STARTED watching but wasn’t able to keep up with because of other shows my family HAD to watch.
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