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.
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.