Three steps for writing a book:
1. Get idea (let it fester)
2. Write (at least 500 words a day for about 6 months)
3. Revise (until it sings)
See writing a novel is easy... it's the whole publishing thing that seems to trip us up. As I have not yet queried my novel I'm not sure how well these books work, but they have given me a lot to chew on...
See Jane Write, a Girls Guide to Writing Chick Lit by Sarah Mlynowski
This book got me started, it helped me set goals and see that the first step to writing a book is...duh writing it...but so many people quit before it's done, just by finishing your MS you are leaps and bounds ahead of millions of others who want to write a book... p.s. my novel is YA, not Chick-lit--this book can be applied to other genres.
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
This is a really good book to help you develop your ideas, even if they are lame...into break out novels, by building a breakout premise--making something plausible, conflicted, original, emotional... it can take your writing to the next level--this book has given me so much to think about!
The First Five Pages: A Writers Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
I'm still in the editing stages of my MS and I want to make it the best I can--to do that I need to realize what my story is lacking, i.e. see the blind spots, this book can help you see the areas you are weak in...