Three-act plotting template. Remember learning in school that all stories should have a beginning, middle, and end? This classic, logical method of storytelling takes you from your story's initial setup and inciting incident through rising action, turning points, and resolution.
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.