Title first, theme developed around said title, grid built around said developed theme, clues written for said developed grid. That's the formula for making puzzles. It's kind of like how Michelangelo made David, only a bit different. I mean, this is just a crossword.
Good luck to any/all of the BEQ.com regulars who are doing the MIT Hunt this weekend. I did it for three years back when I had more free time to attempt puzzles round the clock. Well, I still have a puzzle to grapple with 24/7. That puzzle is called "Tabitha." Good times. Anyway, if you've never heard of said event, I think this article does the trick of capturing the overall lunacy.
Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.