For me, the process of writing a novel or a play is one of daydreaming. I imagine little scenes, episodes. I write them down. At some point there are enough of them to string together, to create a big picture. There is a moment, a brief moment, when it is done and I see the characters as separate beings for the first time and I fall in love.
And then, shortly after, I move from creation to the thought of publication. How do I sell this? Who will buy? Will anyone ever see it? My writing job is done, and I mourn a little. I finish my work, and I mourn.