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If you want to be a great writer, you have to write and you have to write constantly. That may seem like a daunting task, especially for a new writer, but there is one thing that can make it much simpler: An idea notebook.

For some, the idea notebook takes the form of a simple Moleskine book or a pocket-sized Field Notes memo pad, and for others it's an app on their smartphone. The important thing is that it stays with you wherever you go. You don't need to worry about filling it up with ideas at first, just get used to your new constant companion.

If you can fit the notebook in your pocket, keep it there. If you're using a smartphone, move the app to the first page of apps. You want to be reminded it's there every time you sit down, rummage through your purse or check your messages.

Inspiration can (and does) strike at any time, and having your notebook handy makes recording these story ideas simple. Many a writer has been struck with a fantastic idea only to have forgotten it by the time they find a pen and paper.

Your daily life is full of stories to tell, and once you start paying attention there's no limit to what could end up inspiring a new idea. For example, when you're at your local coffee shop and you notice a couple huddled in conversation, write down what you think they're talking about.

With an idea notebook, you'll never experience writers block. Just flip through your notes, find an idea, and start writing!

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