When I hit what would turn out to be the halfway mark in writing Deep Water Running, things got complicated and I had to start tracking and plotting on colored index cards taped to the wall.
You can read some about this in “How I Came to Finally Write a Novel.”
Alongside my index cards, I started placing images that didn’t exactly depict a scene or a moment in the book but were somehow emblematic or reminiscent of something in the story. I don’t really understand why, but having a wall filled with images that I had “borrowed” as sort of personal illustrations of my story was soothing and inspiring. I only put up pictures that reflected things I had already written. I would stare at these picture placed next to index cards plotting chapters and scenes and it felt like the story had a life of its own. Whatever the psychology behind it, the practice was helpful and now I cannot imagine not doing it. The images below won’t mean anything to you unless you’ve read the book, but I think the collection is sort of interesting by itself.