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.
Story timeline tracker. Regardless of the plotting method you use, keeping track of time in your novel is important. Did your hero get that threatening letter on Tuesday or Sunday? Does the next scene happen on a sunny morning or in the dead of night? This template will keep your novel's clock ticking smoothly.