You'll need a roadmap that begins with a premise and culminates in an outline. There are a lot of different ways to get there, so we've made templates to walk you through several of the most popular plotting methods. Choose the one that fits your personal style.
Even if you aren't the plotting and outlining type, the more you know about your characters and the world they inhabit, the better your writing will be. The following templates will help you brainstorm and remember the little details that make a story come to life, or just give you a bare-bones overview for easy reference.