Writing in a Dead World posted a most excellent list for writers. I’m a fan of owning too many pens and too many notebooks none of which I can seem to locate when I have a really great idea.
And if you are a serious writer, here is a tip if you are prone to scribbling in the car, in traffic, on a note pad, because there isn’t a RULE against actual WRITING in the car, just texting. Anyway, if you are trying to scrawl down that great idea for your NaNoWriMo novel, use a big, legal sized note pad. That way you can write all over it, and something will be captured. Plus it may prevent you from writing on your slacks.