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On Outlines and Sequels

I have been writing pretty regularly again and have picked up working on the sequel of Obsidian. Ever since finishing the first draft, I realized Obsidian needed a sequel. I have long doubted as to whether two books or three books would complete Stella(my main character’s) story, and for now I am going with three. So I have been working on the outline of books two and three.

The advantage of such an outline for me is that I can start weaving in plot-hooks for later bits in the first draft, instead of in rewrites. Now, I always have to weave in stuff during the rewrites, but if you have a book published, you can not go back and do it. No more adding characters that have always been part of the story, no more foreshadowing, no more establishing a character or a location or whatever else for a later setup. So first off, I wanna be sure that essential things for books 2 and 3 are in Obsidian. Also, an outline will help me to keep the main plot-line of the story clear, will make sure I keep an eye on where the story is going, to try and prevent me from straying too much.

I have been working and changing my mind frequently with regards to the level of detail I want my outlines to include, though. Do I want to be super specific? Or more general? What will best help me write, without me feeling like it cramps my creativity? For now, I have settled on quite general and brief scene descriptions.

For those of you that write and are interested in chiming in, I will pose you the same question as I have asked my writing group:
How do you deal with outlines? What level of detail do you include, and what purpose do outlines serve for you?