As a ghostwriter, I cannot hit a deadline without a detailed outline. It saves me when inspiration wanders off into other rooms. Detailed outlines help reassure me that at one point the whole story line made sense. On larger projects (80k words or more), I outline down to the scene, therefore giving myself guideposts every 200 words or so. It helps to hit the word count but I'm not sure it helps the project overall. When I turn to my own writing, I am now conflicted about how to plan, plot, and develop my projects. Maybe my ghostwriting outlines are a good process to get a first draft on the page? I realize that I am slightly warped by my day job at this point and I would love to hear what other people think about outlining. Thank you!