The Jaded Shaft
This whole discussion on the last thread about "the jaded shaft" is getting out of hand! Now I've got this detailed image of it in my head, complete with jewels and everything. And there's even an Indiana Jones-inspired plot with many people racing to get their hands on the coveted jaded shaft.
For those of you too lazy to go back and read The Six-Inch Sirloin's comments, you just need to know that my mom thought "the jaded shaft" was a pretty bad way to descibe a guy's cock (it's not every day you get to use the words "mom" and "cock" in the same sentence...and how many people would even dare?). It was, basically, some baaaaaaad purple prose she read in an old romance novel.
But now it's spun into a whole story idea. Which makes me think about how I come up with my jaded sha--er, I mean, my story ideas. I do often start with a title I like the sound of and work from there. I do that more and more these days, since I'm much better at thinking up titles than I am at thinking up plots.
So how do you develop story ideas? Do you start with a character, a plot, an image, a title, or what? Do your ideas usually appear fully formed, or like me, do you not quite know what the hell the book is about until you're halfway through it?
Or, alternately, if that discussion is too boring, who should star in The Jaded Shaft movie? We're talking A-list actors here, people! Not porn stars.