It has been more then a couple years since I have delved into the realm of the short story. And recently, after putting the pen down for a while to focus on other things inside of my lifestyle, some of them have begun to come back together and I have found the ability to pick the pen back up again. Pretty much I have just committed to keeping another journal and making sure I fill it daily with whatever is on my mind, gibberish, ideas, senseless nothingness, anything to keep my mind going in the direction of thinking about writing. Lately I have been focused more on poetry to start getting back into the rhetorical side of things. My question to you guys, is what is the process some of you, if you do not mind sharing, go about in getting the story started? I am not interested in creative secrets or anything of that matter because they, obviously, are different for each person, and are exactly what define us as writers. But I am thinking more along the lines on outlines for plot, character, etc. If you use outlines before you write, or if you just put pen to paper and re-write re-write re-write. I am interested in narrative fiction, and eventually entering the arena in that style. Genre does not matter. What say you? Speak your mind, please.. I could use guidelines to help me get back into the swing of things to use as a reference/jumping off point.