Here’s a great post about structuring your novel/screenplay by Alexandra Sokoloff. The ideas are clear, concise and even if you’re a writer who doesn’t outline, extremely helpful in regard to thinking about story structure and plot points. Personally, I don’t go as far as she does with the whole post-it, index card method, preferring to use a handwritten timeline with notes on which scenes I want to use (way simpler for me), but I may try it for the next book to see if it improves my workflow. The thing about this business–ya gotta be open to new ways of doing things or you’re going to be standing in an alley, alone, scratching your head, wondering where the heck things went off the rails.
Or something like that.