I start with a blank cork board.
I then go on a discovery process.
I wander through craft and dollars stores.
When things call to me I pay attention.
If they beckon enough. I purchase.
For instance I felt that 'winged' things would be important.
The bird cage called out to me repeatedly, but just the cage. No bird.
I know who the main players will be and I find someone to be them.
In this case I chose Meg Ryan to be the Woods Witch.
She is the Grand Mother and mentor to my main character. (lower left)
Angelina Jolie is the Sorceress. (Right side)
She is the mother of my MC, but she abandoned her at birth.
Now that my MC is of an age to be useful she wants her back.
(or something like that)
For my main character?
I could not find anyone that worked. Nothing felt right.
So who is that beauty gracing the upper left corner?
I chose my daughter.
That's the beginning of the discovery process.