Noticing the world around you is an important part of being a writer.
Doing so provides us interesting details and experiences that can seep their way into our writing.
But just noticing these things is not enough. We must write them down.
When I am working on fiction, there's a daily journaling format that I like to follow.
Every day in my journal, I will respond to these three prompts:
1. Something new I noticed.
2. Something I heard. (Write the dialogue as close to real as possible.)