I never research or think out things properly, I always just start writing right away. Realize that I need to do a some research and do the research. I might outline fifty or so pages into my story.
I've cut whole chapters, characters, and it's so frustrating because I'll come across a character that isn't suppose to exist anymore, then I have to change the whole scene. To accommodate that.
For the last month I've written more than I have in the last few years combined, not including schoolwork, but the challenge remains getting started.
So most of my progress has been in reading more and doing some betaing. I've been reading a decent bit daily, which is an improvement from my previous laziness, and write a critique weekly for critters.
I've started brainstorming ideas again too, but I'm still having a hard time getting down and writing.
For those of you editing, think of it this way; at least you've managed to get something down to edit!