Diana Gabaldon said: "I need to see what it looks like in print before I know how it'll work.
(And as I told my son--then aged 15, and an aspiring writer--"First you work. Then the magic happens.") There's only so much you can plan or decide or work out ahead of time; most of what happens lies in the work.
Not an hour later I saw this: "Inspiration generally comes during work, not before it"--Madeleine L’Engle
I think the universe is trying to tell me to Get To Work.
I had been trying to get the magic before rolling up my sleeves and working. Before proving I was worthy of the magic, but it just doesn't happen like that. We all get those flashes of inspiration that drive us to the computer unaware of our surroundings. But that's usually all it is, a flash, a glimpse, the rest of it comes as we furiously type. So now I'm back at work. Trying and rearranging and rewriting my beginning.
What do you think? Have you found that magic is mostly in the writing?