Dwight V. Swain is the author of Techniques of the Selling Writer, a remarkable book on novel writing in that it breaks down the novel into small, easily-understood and well-explained pieces. These pieces and their structure, if well applied, will lead to a gripping tale that is difficult to put down.
Here is my mindmapped notes from the book, for easy reference:
P.S. NaNoWriMo begins November 1st! Just remember, if the NaNo site goes down again under the heavy load, just pop on by to our own NaperWriMo forums until the NaNo site is back up again. Looking forward to seeing many of you online in our jabber chatroom (contact me if you need an account) and at our write-ins Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm, in November