It's no different with writing a novel.
Sure, as a writer I love what I do - but that doesn't mean getting to the end is any less of a job than clocking in at an office. I still have a deadline. I still have daily goals.
Today's question isn't about the method we choose to get the work done.
The question today is:
"Do you choose a reward for the end of a particular goal? Or do you choose a vice to get you TO the goal?"
Perhaps you take the Hemmingway approach and toss back a stiff drink before you sit down to write, as you're writing, and then toast the end of your writing day with a celebratory shot.
Or maybe you've got candy bars stashed away in a drawer that only come out when you finish a chapter or reach a particular word goal.
I think I'm more of a hybrid.
I drink coffee whenever I'm at my desk, it doesn't matter what time of day or night it is. During the afternoon I pop JellyBelly jelly beans as I write (my current favorites are Cotton Candy and Buttered Popcorn, just in case you were dying to know!) And I have a stash of Lindt Chocolate Truffles in my desk drawer for when I finish a chapter.
I am also considering treating myself to a massage at a local day spa when I actually type "The End" on my latest WIP.
Vice, reward or a little of both? Tell me your secrets...hahahaha