Hitting the Wall

I hit a plot dilemma yesterday and got stuck. Took me a while to figure that one out. Finally broke down and wrote out an outline for the remainder of the book, mind maps of research, more details. This is a picture of my work space. A long while back, when I first started with Scrivener, I took a picture of my desk all nice and clean and organized. Still using Scrivener, and the WIP is neatly filed, but can’t say the desk has stayed very well organized.

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It’s a work space filled with mind maps, outlines, notes, tools.

Rocket scientist is in Baltimore. Was up at 5 am working on my plot dilemma. Woke up around 9 am with a sore throat, stuffy head, coughing till I peed myself, vomiting, illness. Had the sick granddaughter over on Sunday for 8 hours. So, we know where this came from. Bless her heart. Today is the daughter’s birthday, middle child, she is thirty three. Damn, I feel old.

Have spent the afternoon writing down patois phrases I know and researching others. Got a Jamaican suspect. Feel pretty good about where I am going with this now.  Asians, Hispanics, cowboys, suits, bikers. A colorful cast of characters for my detective and his sidekick, no doubt about it.

It’s a fun write, and I am hoping it will be a fun read. Much different than anything I have written before. Not nearly as serious, although there are serious crimes. This writing requires a transition in styles for me and I do find myself slipping back into old patterns.

My work in the past has been praised for attention to detail, and the novel is filled with descriptive details, but I have to be careful not to get too windy or verbose. We’ll just have to see how the beta readers feel about it when that time comes.

Going to take some Benadryl, some Nasacort spray and try to get a nap now. I’ll be writing again tonight.

27,976 words!

15 thoughts on “Hitting the Wall

  1. Hello, Suzie K. Can I tag myself in this photo?
    I was actually thinking of buying Scrivener — would you recommend it?
    I know not everyone has three personas floating around, but I find that when I run into writer’s block with one thing, I take a break and try to write something completely different — maybe a poem, a short story, a bit of flash fiction — to try to jump start my creative juices. Sometimes it works brilliantly — I hit the wall with a large story I’m working on for the Memoirs Volume Two — and so I took a break and wrote a really creepy Jessica B. Bell story — and then once I had that out of my system, I was able to write another couple thousand words on the Memoirs story.
    Good luck with your block.


    1. Sure you may tag it. Penny is back there too, but I think she is hidden by a Mother’s day card. You guys cheer me on and motivate me to develop my Florida characters.

      I have a love hate relationship with Scrivener. I can’t imagine working without it now that I have chapters set up in my binder, and I can see where it would be very useful in the future to have scenes set up that way. makes flipping through them easy with the synopses in the upper right corner.

      This work has flowed smoothly for the most part since I rewrote the first three chapters and changed the POV. I am on 14 or 15 now. I had my protagonist in a situation with more time to kill than I thought, but I altered the presentation of a couple of scenes and wrote a new one and worked myself out of that one.


  2. I am always fascinated by writers’ work-spaces. Thank you for sharing yours. Knowing what I know of you via your blog posts and banner, I’d say neon fits precisely as both decoration and illumination. About the title – well, if you hit the wall, you always bounce back.


    1. Yes, I keep the lights on to set the crazy Florida ambiance. My husband is a recovering alcoholic so we covered the Miller sign with a Siesta Key banner.

      Thanks for the encouragement!


  3. really like your work space. Looks inviting with Helena there and the neon. I am assuming that is a window with a view of your private lagoon. Don’t tell me if it’s not.


    1. There is a private Lagoon in the back, but we’re working on owning a private island somewhere. My luck, Ohio. Helena is a Cheerleader. Penny is around somewhere.


  4. And I thought my desktop was overloaded! Yours is just as bad, and I know exactly how it feels to get it nicely cleaned up — and then start over. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Nothing worse than physical problems getting in the way of writing.


    1. Thank you so much. I am much better today. still a bit of a stuffy head, and a chest cold, but certainly not as miserable as I was yesterday. So good to know that I am not the only one who functions well in chaos. 🙂


  5. Congrats on your progress. Sorry to hear about the kick in the pants by the bug.
    You desk looks better than mine, which forced me to the dining -room table. Now my mess doesn’t take up five feet of space but eight. I like the neon signs you have. 🙂


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