I was purusing the internet (www.smashwords.com) when I came upon a book that (gasp!) claimed to provide advice for writing!
i immidiately dove into the free section of the book, and from what I'm seeing so far, it's pretty much a smash hit for anyone that's just starting to write (such as myself).
The author Alexandra Sokoloff, provides a clear, concise grouping of activites and guide-steps to provide the writer with a strong foundation, as well as a clear concept of how to plot all the major points in one's book into easy to follow chunks. This makes it A TON easier to write, because you can always have a general idea of where your story is going, and alter it later without completely destorying everything you've already wrote (which happens to me more then not.)
Check it out on Smashwords!
I would highly recommend it, and for less then a tiny cup of starbucks, it's worth it!