Now that I’ve filled the gaping holes where conflict and drama need to be, I’m getting down to the serious work of — outlining. There’s nothing like advancing scene by scene through your novel to show you exactly where you don’t know what the hell to do next. Otherwise known as “Where do we go from here?” It’s very humbling to have spent months in deep thought and believing that you had a pretty good grip on your story, to find that there are more deep holes to negotiate. That the next rung on the ladder seems to be missing. That your characters are standing around, wondering which of them is supposed to be stage front. You discover that all those lovely scenes you’ve been envisioning in your head have to come from somewhere and go somewhere.