Oh, and I've plotted the whole thing. Yep, I've got 27 chapters completely outlined and done. Whew! It only took me a weekend, too, thanks to an awesome writing tool I've come across: OpenSource StoryBook!
Storybook is free and so I thought - why not? I downloaded it and it's pretty cute. I get to put in my novel components like characters and settings and I get to plot the whole thing. Here's a screenshot of the first chapters of "The Heart of a Lie":
Click on the image for a larger view. You can see that I'm in Act 1 (see the arrows up top as 1/3?), and the 1.1 is Chapter 1, Scene 1. There's the date (Tuesday, September 15, 1868), the characters in the scene (Esther, her sister Lara, and their dying mother Phoebe), and the location (Perry Farm, Bayview, Maine). I also wrote in the quick outline of what I want in the scene.
And so it continues. When I was done plotting, I had all three Acts and TEN pages of scenes. Whew!
Now all I've got to do is plug in my story. Shouldn't be too hard ...