Always carry a note-book. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.
Advice: Will Self
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Inky: It’s the simplest most fundamental tip, but I was guilty of not following the ‘always.’ I could weep at the number of times I’ve been somewhere, doing something when I saw, heard, tasted, smelled something and an idea for a story, character, dialogue exploded in my brain, played out in this brilliant scenario only to find I had nothing on which to write it down. Promising myself I’d remember? Well, the goldfish is not on the only creation with a three second memory.
Carry a notebook with you, always. It is excellent advice. Just remember the pen as well.