For me the most satisfying part of being a writer is when you have that pile of pages in front of you. All your work, your creativity is there in a stack of black marks on paper. You can talk sales and reviews and signings, but for me it’s still all about that stack of pages.
Are you sensing a theme here? Never mind that you still have to beat the manuscript with the edit stick so that it is something readable. Once you put the period to the last sentence of the last chapter you have achieved what many do not. So rest on your laurels a bit. Whatever the case looking at that stack of pages never gets old.