Reaching a goal takes a lot of mental energy, physical energy too (sitting for hours, overworking my fingers, getting too little sleep, etc.). And so the very first thing I do is rest. It’s rest without guilt. In other words, I let myself off the hook for the rest of the day or week.
The second thing I do is take myself out for tea or lunch. Sometimes I go by myself, other times I meet a friend. Most times I read. Always, however, I have paper and pen — just in case. Sometimes, the reward is simply sketching out a scene or snippet of dialogue. This kind of writing is like doodling; it’s relaxing.
What about you?