Snowflake method checklist. Maybe you'd rather work from the top down than from the ground up. Inspired by fractal geometry (really!), Randy Ingermanson's "snowflake method" grows an entire novel from a single sentence. Each step of the process methodically expands upon the one before, filling in detail until you have a complete draft.
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.