The the plot point by plot point outline was a huge help. HUGE! I got to where I'm at and then started writing down ideas. Basically just brainstormed. Then I envisioned it in my head and had almost all of it, just not how to put it together. Then I went out for coffee with my good friend Kari (See links session to check out her fab blog) and we hashed it out! YES! Then I came home and played with our ideas and bullet pointed the rest of it out! I have to do a little tweaking to the first eight chapters, but nothing major.
So now all I have to do is finish it!!