Follow me through my adventures in writing YA.
"Easy reading is damn hard writing." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
To be brutally honest, I found no sites to be all that helpful...which is not to say that they aren't...it's just that in order to get my butt into gear on my first novel, I just had to throw out every single How To... or Do This... and sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil and just starting writing anything. Brainstorming. It all begins with an idea. From that central idea I just wrote tonnes of what seemed to be nothing, but over time a basic structure just evolved and before too long the random "nothing" become something coherent and solid. I think the trick is to get away from the internet entirely. Buy yourself a really nice journal and only ever use a pencil to write in it. Write down that central idea on the first page and go with it. Write anything - ANYTHING - that is even remotely associated with it. And be patient. The idea will evolve if you give it time to.
Yeah, I haven't found anything that was overly helpful. Except for a couple of books that I have mentioned in previous blog entries. And even then I only take bits and pieces of what they suggest.