To Outline or Not To Outline...

So, what is the consensus out ther?  Outlines good or bad?  Helpful or narrow your focus?  I know very successful writers on both sides of the coin. 

While I've always been one to not outline but just know the end of the book, I may try to write a loose outline for Gray Areas...that would be better than throwing my laptop out the window staring blankly at my laptop.  I am having a wicked major block at chapter 4!  YES 4!  I know what should happen next but I'm having a hard time getting it on paper screen.  I guess I'm just not having the confidence I need to write it well.  But rough drafts are just that...ROUGH...right?

I have some legal scenes in this book also.  Luckily my husband is an Air Force Criminal Def Attorney & one of my closest friends works behind the scenes with judges and her husband is a prosecutor for the Air Force.  All 3 have great legal eyes...  BUT, my legal scenes aren't criminal issues so they may not have the first-hand experience to help.  Writing those scenes does intimidate me a bit...but I'm not even there yet!

Why do we work so hard to defeat ourselves...

I NEED TO STOP LISTENING TO THE VOICES IN MY HEAD!

Cheers,
Elizabeth

PS: Why can't I find SPELL CHECK on Blogger?  What's up with that?  HELP?