Getting that perfect lead in a mystery is what thrills a good detective! When solving a mystery, every once in a while there is that “stumped” moment, where the detective feels like he or she has reached a dead-end or simply can’t move forward in the case. Times like these call for taking a step back, looking at what clues have been gathered, and re-evaluating the situation. Every good detective keeps notes!
A small collection of post-it notes, notebooks, and a few paper planes that are good for sending cryptic messages across the room are found on my desk:Yesterday I got stumped on a new mystery and had to re-read what notes I had taken. This is a good practice (the note reading, not the getting stumped habit), especially when one becomes forgetful, or scatter-brained. After a detective re-reads the written notes and re-thinks the situation, a good lead coming out of seemingly nowhere is satisfactory! (Especially when you just discover something in your notes that sends you on a new trail of clues.)
Notebooks, journals, task lists and hint hot lines are all great ways to help get a detective back into the game. What style is your preference when you get stumped on a case?