Very interesting post from Justine Larbalestier (author of the "Magic or Madness" trilogy and "How to Ditch Your Fairy") here about what to do when your plot feels a bit dead or you're just horribly stuck.
I like the fact that she uses the square brackets device too (see my previous post) but the piece of advice that most struck a chord with me was the idea of drawing a summary of what's going on in your plot.
Part of my day job involves redesigning text-based learning so that it appeals to different kinds of learners, particularly visual learners. As a visual learner myself, I find it really helps to draw or see concepts instead of trying to digest reams of text (which is probably why I 'see' all my novels as films when I'm writing them) so I'm definitely going to take Justine's 'stick figures, squares, squiggles and straight lines' advice on board the next time I get stuck (because there will be a next time, there always is!)
Oh - and even if you're not interested in find out how to go about re-starting a dead plot do go and visit Justine's blog anyway. She's declared January open season on writing questions - so go ahead and ask her for some advice if there's a question to do with novel-writing you desperately need answering.