I know there has to be a thread on this somewhere but I went a few pages back in a couple of different sections and I didn't find exactly what I was looking for. Here is what I am looking for: What is your process of outlining? How deep do you go with an outline and what medium do you use- Pen/paper, comp. program, etc? What comes first, Concept, Plot or Characters? How important is it to stick with the outline? When you sit down to write, do you start with chapter 1, word one or is there a formula that you use to enter the actual text? As you can see, I'm looking for your "blue print" on how to go from "hey, that's a cool idea for a story" to sitting down at your computer and hacking out the chapters. I know that the answers to these questions will be different for everyone, I'm looking to get a couple of different perspectives on this part of writing. If I need to be more clear let me know!