I am inspired by so much. Music, art, TV, films, conversation, random thoughts as I drive… and all I want to do is make a note of the ideas. Sometimes I can’t. How many times do you have an idea that you think is wonderful but have no access to something to write it down!
But, for those occasions when you have access to your PC, or your phone, then you could try taking photos, or making notes. My phone is full of photos of things that inspire me.
So some years back I decided I needed one place to collect all my ideas and I found something called Evernote.
I have the evernote app on my iphone (I know it is available as android as well), my PC, my laptop, and I also have the Evernote Chrome extension to quick-add things to my Evernote account.
Evernote works in a very simple way. It collects ideas, web pages, HTML, your own notes, pictures… and you can index your ideas but using tags (i.e. Heroes 3, Texas, Future Ideas… etc)
This is an example of the kinds of things I have *collected* listed in date order.
When you are trawling the internet you can simply add the items you are checking out straight to Evernote with the click of a button. Then you can see what you have collected at a later date, all sorted by category, with items that link all in the same place.
The best thing you can do is download the trial and have a play around. Then start collecting anything and everything that will inform your next book.