Character biography. Now that you know who's who, here's a template for figuring out how they got to the situation in your novel. When it's time to write a flashback or refer to a past event, you'll breathe easier (and save yourself some edits) knowing you can look up the dates in this simple timeline.
Three-act plotting template. Remember learning in school that all stories should have a beginning, middle, and end? This classic, logical method of storytelling takes you from your story's initial setup and inciting incident through rising action, turning points, and resolution.