I look at my ideas for the story: a clockwork dragon, a traitor in the party, a character who is interested, however sympathetically, with another character's powers and history that she wants to keep secret, a prisoner sitting on a chest to keep it safe and more bound by that than by the locks and walls. . . .
And now I got to forge it together. Or hammer it. Or jerry-rig more likely, in such a way to put in cause and effect and story structure from initiating event to climax so that it looks like I imagined them as connected. . . .