I didn't win at Nano, and my writing skidded to a halt mostly due to not knowing where the story was going. Sometimes things that seem bad are actually good. I've been forced to be a planner for a while, rather than a pantser, so I could build properly on a promising start. (I love my characters and where the story will end up. That helps!) The past few days I've been doing some reading on outlining and structure, mostly from one of my favorite writing-advice-givers, KM Weiland. It's like researching a historical novel - you end up with a huge pile of knowledge that's confused and tangled, and gradually you find yourself. I now have a clear idea of how I can effectively outline - MY way. I think it'll work. We'll see.