I’m working on a novel, projected to be about 90,000 words (350 pages), set in the same universe as my short story “Sacrifice.” I’ve been working on it for 2.5 years and have gotten about 5 drafts into it. Each draft is quite different than the one before it.
Finally I sat down to outline it. I’m a pantser, not a plotter, but it does seem to help to do some basic outlining. My “basic” outline is 4500 words long, which I suppose isn’t bad for a 350 page book.
My next challenge will be sticking to the outline. I’m not very good at that.