I've been writing/plotting more of the scary, wake me from my sleep wip this week.
And I've decided it is like baking. So when you bake you get the ingredients ready.
I start with my flour, butter and sugar. In my plots case it's the inciting incident, the bit where my MC accepts their fate, and the showdown.
I've got them ready in the bowl but I've still got to throw in a few more ingredients.
The eggs/supporting characters to bind it, the yummy flavouring of a love interest...and don't forget the odd bit of dried fruit/antagonist as a road block to the gooey goodness. I'll whip all that together with the electronic whisk of a voice/pacing and tension.
Then it's into the oven to bake.
Once my cake/novel is ready (and cooled. Never eat hot cake...it burns your tongue. I've done this. Damn my impatience for baked goods.) then I can add the decoration.
The jam layer of world building and the frosting topping of subplots. Don't forget to add the cherry/chocolate sprinkles of red herrings. All that is left is to deliver to betas/CP for devouring.
Then starting all over again in revisions.
See, just like making a cake. :)