Identify who is responsible for each step and who will be supporting them. Support people are not responsible for the outcome of an step, but they assist in the process. Provide a clear schedule for completing steps. Your final goal may be a short_term project or take years to complete. It's important to break down the timeline for each step along the way.List the resources necessary for accomplishing steps. If sufficient resources are not currently available, include a plan for their acquisition.
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.