This author has a really great blog. In this post, she talks about "magical cookies" or those scenes, feelings, etc. that make writers want to write and readers read. She says that EVERY scene we write MUST be a magical cookie scene.
"I find unique and creative ways to save and earn money and I use it to pay for my yearly trip to Disney World. There is no ‘coupon’ to Disney." Ideas can be used for saving money for other things too.