I'm currently editing a novel, which is a completely thankless and dispiriting task. It makes you wish you hadn't written the bloody thing, or at least had written it loads better. All my books suffer from having no bones at all. In fact, any short story over 1000 or so words or one scene suffers from poor structure. Consequently, my novels and longer fiction tend to have a very simple linear structure and have to be written in the past tense. So, trying again - and I have tried many times before. Analysing my own writing is painful, I have scenes that have powerful hooks... but fade away, scenes that introduce bags of conflict... that doesn't get resolved or, even worse, mentioned again. So, I've devised a simple table with the three strands of my novel and broken it into scenes. Using an aide memoir I made last year as a checklist of scenes, I'm now having a go at writing all the scenes. I don't want it to be too confusing, hopping back and forward too much in time, but the two linear threads wind their way parallelish.
How do people plan books, anyway? Does anybody have a good book/article on the subject?