1. Seeing the ghost of an idea flesh out into something substantial. Characters who speak and move and live their lives in front of me.
2. Solving problems. Waiting patiently while a problem turns round and round, deep in my subconscious mind. Bringing new perspectives to bear, asking questions, proposing what-ifs. Seeing one tiny shift change everything, resolving tensions, untangling knots, answering questions.
3. Revisions. Working with the structure to make it stronger, more interesting. With the characters, to resolve the conflicts between how I originally saw them and how they’ve revealed themselves to me. With the plot, so I can say, yes, this is a logical and believable turn of events.