The ideas are shy and hard to catch sometimes. But finally they peek out and get placed where they belong.
Next step is to have a casting call... and audition for all the character types that will belong to the story. I might invite 20 characters to try out... but on a select few will win.
And now the plot is decided - the characters are cast - the setting is decided and it's time to fill those 32 blank pages with a real book.
That's when the mumbo-jumbo-mixup-magic of putting it all together begins.
That's always fun - a big puzzle that keeps one occupied through an entire snowy season. So that's how I manage to spend my days all alone, pulling rabbits out of thin air.