Think about 20 different ideas
Narrow it down to one.
Think some more.
Outline maybe… Or just start writing.
“We’ll, that idea sucks. Time to rewrite.”
Expand on everything!
Oops. Expanded too much. Cut it down.
Write! Write! Write!
Almost done, don’t get burned out.
The last chapter isn’t working. What did I do wrong?
Share with beta readers. (quietly die inside)
Get their feedback.
Rewrite some more. Does it never end!??!
Walk away from it for three months.
Read someone elses novel, feel inadequate.
Read it, see if it’s as good as you remember it (it isn’t).
Editors, agents, proofers, publishers.
And start again.