If you’ve ever taken a “photo walk” with a photographer, they’re constantly noticing things to take pictures of. The same is true with some folks and their smartphones, but it’s particularly noticeable with a professional photographer and a powerful camera. They’re always on the lookout for things that might be worth capturing, and will notice things that 99% of people just walk right past.
The same is true if you develop a consistent writing habit — you’ll start to notice things during the day to write about. In my case, it started mostly as a necessity in order to write daily, but it’s slowly becoming a natural habit.
It’s not about the topics
Being able to have topics to write about is great, but the increase in noticing the world around you is the real benefit. We all could stand to be more observant and be a part of our world, and writing is a small way to steer a bit more in that direction.