To outline or not to outline? That is the question. Normally I don't but I tried the outline route this time with my new wip before I wrote the first actual word of the manuscript. I never looked at it again. It did help me to organize my thoughts in the beginning. I had some great new ideas last night so I thought I would take the outline out and add to it so I would not forget them. I looked at what I had written originally.....and I almost did not recognize the story.
Needless to say, I scraped the entire thing and started over. What was a one page outline is now four full pages and much better. I am excited. I even have the ending so with all my ideas down, the only thing left to do is finish writing and fleshing them out. Maybe a week?
I know it will take much longer than that to finish the first draft and then the editing will begin. But I am optimistic, I see no writers block on this one as I have experienced in the past when I was stuck at a particular point in the story. Maybe an outline is helpful to keep you focused on where you are going and what to do once you get there.
So the answer to the outline question still is: Whatever gets you to 'The End'.