By Rich (Substituting for an under the weather Shirley)
What does this have to do with writing? Um, I had an answer for this. Let me think...Oh, right! It's to always be prepared. Yes, that's the motto of the Boy Scouts and, if I'm correct, the Kardashians, but it also applies to writers. We always need to be ready for that flash of inspiration, be it with a pen and pad, tape recorder, electronic device, or a mind like a steel trap. At the minimum you need to have the ability to be somewhere to capture these moments. I have had plenty of dreams that never turned into stories because I didn't have a notepad nearby.
And don't think these moments will be scheduled for times where your mind is free of other thoughts. You'll be driving the kids to school, thinking about dinner, and worrying how you'll pay the latest medical bill when you'll see something on the street that explodes into a story idea. Don't do a 360 and head back home to write the idea down. Drop the kids off, grab your phone or napkin, and enter a note or text to pull up later. Heck, write it down in lipstick on a portion of the windshield if you have to. Guys, make sure you use your eyeliner.
You may have heard of Doomsday Preppers, those folks who prepare elaborate shelters in order to survive the next pandemic, financial crash, or zombie apocalypse. Taking them as an example, you're a Writing Prepper, minus the purchase of dehydrated water. Always be ready, because you never know when that flash of inspiration will turn into a great story.