Step one: dream an awful lot, think, plot, imagine, and mull over
Step two: when I can't stand dreaming anymore, I'll make an outline with a list of characters along with research
Step four: write the rough draft
Step five: forget about it, forget what I wrote, go do something else for a few months
Step six: re-read and change major issues (grammar, spelling)
Step seven: revise and rework, changing things that don't work with the plot and/ how something is written.
Step eight: revise again.
Repeat steps six through eight