Super Structure - The key to unleashing the power of story
James Scott Bell’s book defines a novel’s key story elements using five ‘tent-poles’ and fourteen ‘signposts’. James stresses that every novel should be about death, either in physical or symbolic form. The ‘death’ can be physical, professional, or psychological, such as an emotional internal struggle. If your novel isn’t about life or death James believes that the stakes aren’t high enough. We would highly recommend buying the book to make the most of this planning method.
If you keep to just seven points it will ensure you won’t drift into describing unimportant back story and subplots. Try not to overthink things, let your subconscious mind describe your story swiftly.