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.
Character master list. Got a lot of characters? This "quick and dirty" list helps you remember who's who at a glance. Add names, ages, and comments. Drop in a photo or drawing of each character to help you visualize your story.