Story beats template. Adapted from the world of screenwriting, this popular method replaces the concept of acts with a set of milestones that commonly appear in many kinds of stories. Hitting these "beats" gives your story a rhythm while leaving the details open to your imagination.
Character profile worksheet. If you want to go deeper with your characters, you'll need a full dossier describing their physical appearance, manner of speaking, behavioral traits, and background. From their hair color to their biggest secret, this questionnaire covers it all.