So this is how it goes -
You have the idea.
You play with the idea. Day in, day out, for a few weeks. Test it, get a feel for it, get to know it. To see if it's the idea.
Then, if it is, you plan. For months. Six or so in my case, usually. The twists and turns, the characters, the subplot, the settings.
Then you write. In a frenzy of release. About a hundred thousand words, more or less, give or take. In eight to ten weeks on average, for me.
Then you re-write. And re-re-write. And re-re-re-write. And re-write some more.
Then you take a deep breath. And send it to agents. And get rejected. And send it to more agents. And get rejected some more.
But one day, you get accepted. And then you re-write, and re-re-write etc etc. And then take another, even deeper breath. And send it to publishers.
And get rejected. And send it to more publishers. And get rejected some more. Etc etc.
But one day, you get accepted. You get a publishing deal. And then you re-write, and re-re-write etc etc.
And argue over the title. And the cover. And the blurb. And the marketing strategy. And the promotional events etc etc.
But then one day, one sweet day, after all those months, all that work, there's a knock at the door, just like happened to me this week. And...
You finally get your hands on the thing you've been working on for so long. It all becomes real. All the work is worth it in an instant.
It's that time. That moment.
And wow, what a moment.