I was following links of blogs to blogs to blogs and found one by Jennifer Talty where she has posted about a year long online course (or series of posts) about, funnily enough, writing and finishing your book. The course is by Jenny Cruisie & Bob Mayor who between them have forty-six published novels, so it sounds like there is some good knowledge there to tap into!
The syllabus looks very interesting and covers everything from starting, plotting, characters, scenes, sex (yes sex), publishing, editing and a whole heap more. In the site's FAQ they make no bones about that the intention of providing this free series of courses for the next twelve months will lead to a published non-fiction book on how to write.
Hey, if they deliver the online content for free, who am I (or anyone) to begrudge that?
Anyway, the first "lesson" has been published encouraging people to think about their one sentence idea, that sentence that basically kicked off your book. I had a think about mine and came up with:
“Can a *** based on an ancient myth surrounding *** be the answer James has been seeking to cure him of his ***?”
I've deliberately censored the key words surrounding my plot idea, but it was an interesting exercise all the same in trying to keep it down to a short concise statement/question of less than 25 words.
Is not telling anyone my idea a sign of the true novice writer, someone so naive that they would actually think someone else could "steal" their idea? Well I don't care if it is. Check back with me after I have published my first book and see if I think different.
I've added the site to my own bookmarks and plan to check it out to see how it goes. If you want to have a look at He Wrote, She Wrote: How to Write then follow this link.