Cheryl Klein is the continuity editor for the US version of the Harry Potter books.
I suggest that, when you finish your first draft, you go back and outline the entire book, chapter by chapter making a “book map,” as it’s called, describing the key action and plot or character-development points of each chapter and writing down key thoughts or lines.
I do this with each and every novel I edit because it allows me to see how the conflict develops, where the clues to any mysteries are being laid, how the protagonist is getting what he needs and more important, it lets me see how the book isn’t working. Where the author is going for long periods without introducing any new developments or information. Where characters are behaving inconsistently. Where there’s a dialogue scene that’s fun but sort of pointless or where two scenes in a row establish the exact same plot points, so one isn’t necessary.
I love the people responding to that ask post being like BUT EVERY FANDOM HAS MISOGYNISTIC, RACIST, HOMOPHOBIC MANCHILDREN IN IT.
No, they really don’t. Not in the same numbers, not to the same degree. It says something that you guys have to do “research” and come up with…
part of me wants to do really well in school and get an amazing job and the other part of me just wants to lie on the floor and do nothing ever because i’m gonna die in the end anyway