Spitzli is always with me.
It's funny, but even when she is outside in the garden, I still sense her presence on her mat beside me.
Some writers are wonderfully self disciplined and stick to a writing routine. Not me. I need a deadline to meet when I write, even if I have to create one, myself. With my current work in progress, I am sending each finished chapter to my cousin who pushes me to write the next one. With earlier works, I sent chapters to critique groups and needed to keep writing to keep up with the other members. The added benefit of this method is the valuable feedback which helps correct flaws and provides encouragement as I go.
Completing the first draft is torture for me, and yet, when it's done there is that unimaginable satisfaction of coming from, 'I can't do it. It's impossible.' to 'It's done. I achieved the impossible.'
But you know what I love best about writing? Editing what I've written. Having the complete story in front of me ready to be rubbed and scrubbed, pruned and polished, removing the tarnish until it gleams, that's the joy of writing for me. :)