I am interested in getting some questions answered about how to construct a crossword grid now, after getting into solving them for a year or two now. Presently, I have not located any references that answer my questions.
Are there any good accessible references in mind that specifically answer laying out a grid in a good way to facilitate fill, how to determine or help whether fill is possible, or any rule of thumb on how to best create fill? I feel I made a good first try, but ran into problems that took a whole weekend to try to work out that I couldn't do it too well trying to fit a "interesting" word or two in and ended up with several boring words in the whole grid (cue Wah Wah horn). And if I can't find other words in the grid that I'd be excited to see...
Also, what makes a "good theme"? I came up with a good basic one to do this learning grid off of, but hopefully for what I do, I hope to find something that's as exciting to me as some of those fill words I like to see.
But the main thing is if I'm going to do it, I need to learn how to do it correctly. And in that sense, have at least the chance of being published.
So, any suggestions?