Okay, first off, I have to apologize for my long absence - RL and computer issues have been conspiring to keep me offline. Bah.
And on to the point of this post...
Do you guys find that there are specific techniques/methods that help you form ideas for fics? Are there specific things that work well for you as sources of inspiration? What kind of process develops that first spark of an idea into a finished fic?
I can't say I have much system for generating ideas myself (although good song lyrics are always handy) and 'organizing' my ideas into fic form usually means jotting things down at randomly spaced intervals along the page, so I'm just interested to know how the inspiration/pre-fic stages work for other people. ;)