To finish my novel, is what I would call a long-term goal.
To finish this chapter, would be a short-term goal.
You need to have both, and an equal balance of each in order to have a well-balanced writing life. To over-burden yourself with unattainable goals will only end in defeat. And the enemy is striving for that.
Also, reward yourself for the small goals, with small rewards. big goals have big rewards.
If you were to lose 20 pounds you would reward yourself with a new outfit, right?
So a reward for a chapter might be a writing or desk item that you have been wanting.
Finishing your book would be a vacation. Or, perhaps you need that vacation TO finish your book. Either to clear your head and get a fresh outlook, or to get away from it all to be able to write. I bought a timeshare so that I could get away and write, edit, or publish without the distractions of daily life around me. As long as it is in perspective with your lifestyle, budget, and time allotment, reward away.
Don't beat yourself up for goals not met. Just start again the next day. Life happens. Things get in the way. Just start over and call it good.
Ice cream for every 1,000 words.
A new notebook and set of pens (or as I like to call them, cordless laptop with wireless remote).
Lunch out with friends.
A day off, just to yourself.
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