“Take this down, Smee.” – Captain Hook.
Jots are snippets of writing. They can be long or short, finished or unfinished, spontaneous or planned.
When you keep replaying a painful conversation in your head, jot it down.
When you’re scarred by the image of a subway pigeon pecking at a chicken bone, go ahead and jot that down, too.
When your Great Aunt Lena regales you with tales of how tough it was working on a farm in Italy as a young girl — well, you get the idea.
Just get it down.