I found Rudy Rucker’s Writer’s Toolkit to be clear concise and extremely helpful.
While most guides to writing are full of bubbly, non-sensical advice about finding a voice and Coach Taylorisms about work habits and inspiration, this one is the complete opposite: a nuts and bolts guide to building a novel brick by brick. getting it done and selling it.
It’s a really good, really enlightening read. But what’s even better is the large collection of book notes – journals that reflect the construction of each novel – he keep on his site. Honestly, I’m surprised that he would release these to the public, as they seem really personal. but hey, he did, and they are fascinating