Some good ideas in here.
I think most writers don't ever remember a point when they didn't feel the need to write things down. Notes, poems, thoughts. I always remember having a little notebook to write down ideas, words that I learned, and descriptions of people that I saw walking around.
I write down phrases, ideas, conversations that I have had-little anecdotes that I've witnessed-the works.Nothing like a notebook and a pen to keep me busy for hours, a computer with internet access is icing on the cake.