It's one of those things that I feel like I "should" do whenever I have a new idea...put it down on paper, with details about the characters, dates, environment, plot, etc. But what actually happens is that I have an idea, open a fresh Word document, and start typing furiously until I have a couple of pages containing that original idea. And then I kind of look blankly at the screen for a little while and think, "Where do I go from here? What happens next?" So I'll grab a pen and start jotting down ideas in an outline...and that's where the writer's block tends to hit. Then I'm discouraged and close the document and promise myself to come back to it later. And that's the true story of how I have like two dozen beginnings of books saved on my laptop. I'm curious to know how others go about it. Do you sit down and outline your idea first, or just start writing and worry about the details later? Which method is more effective for you? And if you outline, just how much detail do you hash out before starting to write?