Spend a few minutes every week reading and collecting headlines and short descriptions in the news. Don’t get into the stories themselves (at least not for your notebook). Just make a list of the head lines and any pieces that catch your attention. Oh, look at the ads to. You never know what kind of interesting places you can find there. This is also a good place to look for names. And there are good photos to look at. Putting all these bits into your notebook is a quick way to collect ideas. I find that once they are all stacked on top of each other, they get mixed up and a story comes out.