The traditional moleskine notebook has probably largely been replaced by a smartphone app by now, but whatever your media, authors usually love to take notes from every day life and make lists of all kinds of details that may come in handy.
Making lists also helps develop your powers of observation, a vital skill for any writer.
Here are some things you might want to make lists of:
· Ways that people walk
· Speech tics and tendencies
· Types of houses
· What people have on their living room walls
· Shapes of clouds
· Local birds
· The types of shops that cluster together
· What’s in people’s fridges
· Nice words
· Interesting names
· What people have in their pockets
· Children’s toys
· Types of shoes
· Types of handbag / briefcase
· Styles of uniform
· Local plants
That should be enough to get you started!