This comes up a lot -that everyone has a story outline so I was wondering what that term means to you? --- Before I begin a novel length story I often write some short stories about the characters, put together a scrapbook of clothes my characters might wear, the locations I am going to use, houses they may live in (also collect slideshows from real estate agents of properties), may write conversations with characters. Then i write the first draft with a premise - for example Prince becomes King, Queen gets Kidnapped or one I wanted to write Dr Who crossed with Last of the Summer Wine in an attempt intially to keep it YA I included a school. My current work in progress came out of a short story - I know who the three main characters are and that there is a stone circle that goes missing when an artefact is dug up releasing the petrified witches from a curse. The witches want revenge on the village. Think that is the most detailed outline I have started with.