Goal, Motivation, Tension, Conflict @ Adventures in Children's Publishing
This post on creating lists is really thought provoking as well, as it helps you think outside the box.
Lists for Inspiration @ Mystery Writing is Murder
And now after reading these two great posts, I'm trying to decide whether this re-write is going as well as I thought it was... Maybe I need a bulletin board and cute little thumbtacks with different colored note cards and then do all these exercises and oh! then I can get my sister to sketch my characters for me based on my descriptions to put beside their note card...and then! I can get back to my second draft....
Or, I could shut up, get off blogger, and actually get back to work.