I work backwards.
I can have a detailed plot, a bible of characters and substantial chunks of a novel written before I feel confident enough to churn out a hardened chapter outline.
So, it is with astounding pleasure that I announce that the Chapter One outline for my first Cozy Mystery is now complete!
It is set in stone, baby. And, wonder of wonders, I love it!
Bottom line: Work backwards, work forwards, work sideways. Just work.