- Choose a title
- Write a draft synopsis
- Send emails to my pre-readers who will read my second draft and supply comments
- Print first draft and re-rewrite on paper (This will take a while, but it is essential.)
- When happy with the second draft, send it to pre-readers for their input
- Take a break and write summary of book #4 (The longer you can distance yourself from your work, the better. You'll be able to see more mistakes this way.)
These are just the basic steps toward finishing a manuscript. You must also doubt yourself, get angry, be proud, and go through at least one new red pen during this endeavor. But, hey, the upside is that you have something to work with. You aren't just starting at word one.