Everybody does it differently, so let's avoid arguments as to which way is best. I haven't found what works best for me yet. So, I keep experimenting with different techniques. Currently, I'm experimenting with a NaNoWriMo approach, just fire hosing words onto a page. Of course, doing so doesn't result in hitting plot points (i.e. first act climax, crisis, pinch points, etc.) and I'm finding it really hard to sustain a stream of conscience over 5,000 words (my current goal is a 5,000 word short story). Anyway, what method do you use and what are the pros and cons you're finding with that method?