Don't get stuck believing you must draft your novel by a) rigidly outlining OR b) driving your story through the dark blindly with no gas can and no sense of destination. Writing a novel is not an either/or process. Try creating a loose outline with some idea of beginning, middle, end--and fill in the major turning points as you write. Let your hero's "want" drive the story. Ditto your antagonist's "want". Free-write scenes, be a voyeur and watch your protagonist interact with people who are most important in her life. Those moments are vital even if they do not end up in your novel. Keep track of your antagonist and make sure both Protag and Antag are flexing their muscles. Give them each a kinky secret. Make sure they are worthy opponents. And have fun!
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