I know that this isn't supposed to be easy, but goddamn, how the fuck am I supposed to do this if I can't even take a notebook and write what I want to happen in the novel? How am I supposed to write the story I want to write if I don't believe in the characters I'm attempting to create? I think I need to just relax about this whole thing. Maybe today I won't do so much in the way of hardcore plotting, and just figure out Lee. Maybe I'll go on the NaNo forums and see if anyone would mind roleplaying with him for a minute or two.
In the meantime: the secret to productivity isn't plotting or characters, it's totally a massive box of Wonka Sweet Tarts.