When I get lost in a story that I'm writing, I sometimes turn to Jessica Brody's Save The Cat! Writes a Novel. It helps me structure my story telling. Save The Cat outlines the major beats to a well-paced story. I was having a hard time visualizing the timing until I made the following figure.
To understand this image, you'll first need to read Save The Cat!. Now, if I get lost in my own storytelling, this handy image provides a roadmap to light my way.
Let me know if you have any questions. @JFLhere
And here's a cat that must need to be saved...