There are myriad of ways and techniques in which any kind of artist work on his craft. There isn't any right or wrong way. So the discussion on whether to outline or not is pointless.I am right now on pretty early stage of learning the craft of writing. So, right now, I don't know myself what work for me.
My technique is a work in progress. Since I was committed from the beginning to share every aspect of this journey with you, I decided to share my current way of outlining the novel. It is working for me, maybe it will work for you guys to.
What I do these days is :
•put some conflicts in his way, put a cast of characters and stuff to do......•and write a kind of skeleton about how my story will progress
•after having a complete idea and skeleton sketched out, I start writing.
If you are unsure of how to actually get started, try this way. It will get your muscles flowing, until the day you discover what works best for you.