My biggest thing is My Mega Book of Stuff, aka, this pretty folder. It has my life in it, at least as far as books go. I will make another post devoted to it, because it's that important to me.
Next step: Inspiration. Sometimes this step will go before brainstorming/writing, sometimes after. If I get writer's block I know it's time to go back to getting inspiration. Mostly this comes from Google images, or from stock photo websites like Depositphotos. Sometimes a beautiful picture is just what you need to get a feel for what your book needs.
Next step: Brainstorming. Over the course of a few minutes, hours, or weeks I jot down everything I would like to happen in the book. Maybe 75% will actually make it into the story, but usually that 25% finds its way into another story, or just amuses me.
Next step: Write write Write. Yes, now we're getting to the good stuff. The first stage of writing is what I call "word vomit", a not-so-pretty term for the wonderful writing that results. This is simply me getting the ideas from my head into the computer as fast as possible. While I do page breaks and will write 'Chapter' at the top, I do not format at all, just write.
Next step: Chapter Formatting. After I have finished writing, but before editing, I do chapter formatting. This means writing out the chapters as well as positioning the text to be identical throughout the work. Mostly I do this because I'd rather tinker with spacing chapter identifiers than editing, because I hate editing.
Next step: Editing. This is the part of writing I hate, but I do it because I would be embarrassed to send my "word vomit" to anyone to read. I go through and edit the manuscript about 3 times before sending it to my editor. This helps get most (like...75%) of the grammar errors fixed, as well as giving me an opportunity to change words, fix descriptions, or add scenes.
Next step: Send to editor. This is the nerve-wracking part, sending the file to my incredible editor, Kristina Circelli. It's nerve-wracking because I know Kristina will find a hundred things I missed, and will not hesitate to tell me if something needs to be reworked. She's always right though, always.
Next step: Cover Design. Now, I'm doing a bit of cover design along the way as well, but I am not an artist and do not have the brain of one. Mostly I do rough sketches on paper, or use ActivInspire to do really bad photoshop-esque designs. I then enter into a contract with a real artist who puts the vision into reality. (For example, for Heart of Kylassame I contacted Jenny over at JennLaa Designs and could not be happier.)
Next step: (sick of reading that yet?) CreateSpace. I use Create Space for all of my novels, because, so far, they have been very good to me. I tend to do this part all at once, just because. Enter information, purchase ISBN, upload cover, order proof.
Once the proof is received, I then accept the proof, or go back and make tweaks to the text or the cover. Once that is done I submit for publishing, and hope that the world loves my characters as much as I do.
(Oh, and one day I will do one of these for e-books, but not today, as my toddler has awoken from her slumber and would likely delete this entire blog if I let her)