With the encouragement and very astute notes from LT3 Press editor James Loke Hale, Knights Erring doubled in size from 16,000 words to more than 38,000, and I think the expansion and editorial conversation has made this a far stronger story than I initially crafted. Characters found more depth and detail, moments became more romantic and personal, and the dovetailing of three stories were structured in a way both to run parallel with and to intersect each other. I always enjoy that type of narrative, and I like the connections being made (both for the readers and characters) as each storyline plays out. Over the course of a year, this story of a questionably contrived bar bet during a Middle Ages-themed trivia contest grew and bloomed, and even though it's a light read, it's hopefully a satisfying, sexy, and humorous one.
The principal benefit for any writer to have an outline (and you can glimpse part of mine on the side; I almost always write longhand in a composition book, and the typing into a word processing program becomes a chance for editing) is that he or she has an ending and thematic concept identified and defined before writing.