Some things you need to know:
1) Daniel Jose Older is awesome. Seriously.
2) There's a 45 minute course from him free on SkillSpace for this week only: http://skl.sh/djolder
(need to sign up for free, takes about 30 seconds to do so)
3) He's covering the 4 Cs--character, conflict, context and craft. These are the absolute essentials.
4) You have no excuse. GO GO GO GO