Imagination, not afraid to experiment & definitely, YOU MUST TASTE AS YOU GO ALONG with your dish lol!
Also if you are deciding to prepare a meal, you must become busy, & dedicated to that dish you are preparing until it is done & served up.
Anyway CookwareBliss judging by your name here it seems like you are a professional but these are only my own opinions as a guy that enjoys preparing foods & enjoys eating them even more so.
I am also following this question hub to pick up tips from others along the way.
All the best. Regards Dale