A strange thing happened while making new discoveries to a storyform of mine: usually, it's the main character or the relationship where my initial ideas are the strongest, but in this script, it was the influence character I found the strongest and the most intriguing part right from the beginning -- he's a sort of mix between Richard Feynman and (old) Obi Wan Kenobi.
I figured quite early that he's a Physics character (the Feynman part), with Doing as the area of his impact. But the details of what the story is about have been buried in my subconscious.
What I sometimes do to "dislodge" a story is go to theme storyforming and select elements that have a good feel to them depending on which Throughline feels the most solid in my head. What I noticed was that I intuitively selected Theory, Trust, Expectation, and Ending as possible Problem elements in the IC Throughline; all upper right corner elements in their quads. With the other things I've figured out, this placed the Focus in the upper left corner, Proven, Effect, Accurate, and Result; all extremely fitting points of focus for the character, but not yet set in stone.
So, I started wondering: since I've read every quad is really about Knowledge, Ability, Desire, and Thought, could it be that even before knowing what specific Elements the Problem, Solution, Focus, and Direction are, your subconscious might already know whether they go in Knowledge, Ability, Desire, or Thought?