Yes, I totally made an outline, but I'm beginning to think that it wasn't quite what I needed. I'm a pantser. I like that part of discovery writing because something new is always lurking around the corner. As I write, new things just happen, and it makes sense.
I can't do that when I outline.
When I started outlining Novel 2, it was a very vague/broad outline. I knew the premise of the story and figured I'd figured out along the way what would happen in between the plot points.
Welp. I already blogged about beginnings being hard. They are! Getting the story to pick up pace, while doing what you have to do to introduce EVERYTHING (character, setting, plot) is hard. And sticking it all in the beginning? I found my path being very windy and jumbled. So I ended up making another outline just of the beginning. So my new favorite thing is outlines (but outlining AFTER I've already written the scenes). It really helps to organize my thoughts.
Now my question is go back and fix the beginning order of events? Or keep chugging? Maybe I should take my own advice about keep chugging, but my brain feels like I need to order the scenes correctly, so that I can really get a sense of my characters. Trying to turn off the perfectionist is hard, and I'd really rather just finish the draft because I know there will be a million revisions afterwards anyway.