Speaking of berries, have you ever made a blueberry sauce? It's pretty enjoyable and easy. Just some water, the berries, some sugar, and a bit of cornstarch, I think. They break down and start to thicken up into the most delicious sauce. This is what happens with ideas, I think. You throw some of them together, let them coagulate, and.... the plot thickens! That's what Section 7 of Spilling Ink is about: plot.
Anne Mazer suggests that once you really know your character, (Click here to see how Ellen Potter advises you get to know your character. So clever) the rest is easy. She likens developing a plot to playing with stuffed animals or action figures. Kids give their toys a persona and then send them out on adventures. It's exactly what writers do with characters! FABULOUS way to get elementary kids to understand character/plot development.
I believe my problem is that I haven't gotten to know my character well enough yet. She's rolling around in my mind until I can sit her back down and interview her more extensively. Maybe then I'll be able to plot a few things out.
In the meantime, I will share another snippet of my day... The aforementioned daughter was sitting at the kitchen table, doodling away. She was doing something akin to a "connect-the-dot", but her task was to find the dots by plotting out coordinates. When she finished plotting the dots, she would then connect them to see a magical drawing appear. She predicted that is was going to be an "old-timey telephone". In my mind, this is what I pictured...........