Story premise worksheet. Your premise is the foundation on which the entire novel is built. With this step-by-step guide, you'll think about who your protagonist is, what he or she wants, and the problems or conflicts they must overcome. The end product is a concise, two-sentence explanation of what your story is about.
A novel has a lot of moving parts. When you factor in research, articles saved with Web Clipper, and random jottings about who did what to whom, you'll probably find you have a lot of notes for your writing project. Consider adding a couple more to keep it all straight: a dashboard where you can manage the whole thing, and a checklist for bringing your completed opus to the world.