Many Happy Rewards

As writers, we can go days, weeks or even years before enjoying the tangible benefits of our work. These benefits may come in the form of monetary compensation, positive reviews or simply a nice email from a fan. But what about the little victories that get us through the daily slog, the ones that keep our mesolimbic dopamine pathways zipping along like the Autobahn? If you’re like me, you invent your own custom reward system to be triggered after important milestones, such as finishing a sentence. In case you were wondering (and I’m sure you weren’t), here are mine:

  1. Coffee
  2. Breakfast
  3. Second breakfast
  4. Snack
  5. Brunch
  6. Second snack
  7. Lunch
  8. Third snack
  9. Coffee
  10. Supper
  11. Fourth snack
  12. Dinner
  13. Dessert
  14. Bedtime snack
  15. Midnight snack
  16. Going to the bathroom (Yes, I use this as a reward. I bet you do, too.)
  17. Check Facebook
  18. Tweet
  19. Check Facebook
  20. Walk around
  21. Check Facebook
  22. Watch TV (but just for a little while)
  23. Take a nap (but just for a little while)
  24. Play guitar
  25. Google myself
  26. Check email
  27. Write email
  28. Call a friend
  29. Write a blog

That’s it for now. Time to go back to work.