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.
One of the benefits of using an plan template is that the formatting is taken care of _ you can simply edit the template to suit your needs. As you will see in the free templates listed below, multiple layouts are possible for an plan. But regardless of the structure or content of your plan, here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin the planning process.