You know that idea you had yesterday? The one you told yourself you wouldn't forget? You forgot it, didn't you?

Well, even if you didn't, it's definitely happened to you in the past. And if it's not, then you're either the second coming of Jesus or a liar.

There's a really easy solution to this problem, and you'll kick yourself when I tell you...

Carry a bloody notebook!

Then when you have an idea, you can write it down!

This is really useful for several reasons. One of these reasons is that it stops you from forgetting the idea.

An even better one, unbeknownst to most people, is that when you're stuck for an idea, you can consult your trusty notebook where you'll be confronted with a treasure trove of inspiration.

That's what I do.

I even make special trips to cafes to sit alone with my notebook; listening to some shouty rock music and letting my imagination muck about.

This is one of the ways I come up with ideas for projects I'm working on... Sometimes I just try and write a poem, a rap or something equally random... Whatever happens, though, I've given my 'idea-generation-muscle' a good workout.

Doing this often will mean you get better ideas... I promise you.

Your first idea is rarely the best, in fact, it's nearly always crap... So don't stop there!

Keep trying. Keep doodling. Keep playing and keep thinking.

Get into the habit of writing everything down. Don't be precious about the words. You don't have to show them to anybody... The main thing you need to do is GET THEM OUT OF YOUR HEAD so that you can make room for new ones.

This is just a tip, anyway. You don't HAVE to do it.

You probably should, though, and these notebooks are pretty damn sweet.

I'm off to buy some now, actually. It is payday, after all.