1. Write the first sentence.
2. Erase the first sentence.
3. Write a chapter and convince yourself you’ll win a Pulitzer.
4. Re-read it and throw into trash.
5. Dig through the trash after it’s covered with greasy leftovers to think about it some more.
6. Think about it for a couple of years.
7. Resurrect the idea and drop all other commitments and interests.
8. Convince yourself that it’s total crap.
9. Give it a middle and ending and rewrite the beginning.
10. Send it into the universe.