Part of what I find daunting is the knowledge that I have little more than an idea. I've never written anything beyond a short story and I would like to try for something more. It would help me to know that I can do this; that others start where I am and write whole books. Is it normal to just have an idea and start writing and let the story unfold as you tell it? Or is a person much better served by making copious notes and outlines? I've been using a notebook and writing down every little thing that occurs to me, in the hopes that when I review it, I will see a story and intuitively, instinctively, know what to do. How do you approach it from the beginning?