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.
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.