When you plan a novel, do you write up an outline first? Or do you feel an outline stifles your creativity? Personally, I think I would be lost without an outline. It is my road map. But at what point should a writer call the outline good enough and begin the book? I've read that some authors such as James Patterson and Jeffery Deaver write very detailed outlines, but other famous authors don't outline at all. How do you keep your novel on track?