You'll need a roadmap that begins with a premise and culminates in an outline. There are a lot of different ways to get there, so we've made templates to walk you through several of the most popular plotting methods. Choose the one that fits your personal style.
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.