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.
Chapter outline. Once you're in the writing groove, you may not want to wade through all your plotting notes to remember what comes next. This checklist gives you a scannable view of your plot, chapter by chapter and scene by scene, making it easy to see what you've completed and how much lies ahead.