How to get and remember a brilliant idea.
When an idea for a novel pops into your head, write it down, wherever you are. I know what you're thinking. What if I'm in church, bathroom, Dr. appointment, etc etc. Write it down on anything as soon as humanly possible.
I carry a small notebook/notepad everywhere I go. If I get an idea, I'm always able to write it down. I know you guys don't carry purses, so this may not be as easy for you. Get a jotter to keep in your back pocket or coat pocket. Or buy one of those man purses (I know, it's a satchel).
Oh, and along with that notebook, you'd better have a pen. Otherwise the notebook is useless of course.
If you for some reason forget your notebook, write the idea down on whatever's handy, a napkin, coaster, piece of toilet paper, your hand.
Also, keep a notebook by your bed. You never know when that totally wonderful original concept will come to you. Think, Stephenie Meyer.
In the beginning of my writing days, I would often have a brilliant idea, only to lose it before I got home because I had nothing to write it down on. I've probably lost out on a best seller because of this. :)
Stay tuned next Tuesday for another writing tip.