Read chapter 9, "Beginnings," from The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, Volume 1: Building Blocks
Read chapter 1, "The Importance of Humor Writing," from Comedy Writing Secrets.
Read chapter 1, "What is Plot, Anyway?" of Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure.
Identify and use pop-culture cues to write—and sell—your novel. by Debbie Macomber
Find out what your character would do at a family picnic in Scenerio No. 1 from What Would Your Character Do?
Read Drill 35 & 36 from Novelist's Boot Camp
Read an Chapter 1: Backstory from Between the Lines
Read Chapter 1: People, from By Cunning & Craft
Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers
NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month. by Chris Baty