Successful routesetting depends on a few things: The ability to visualize a creative and unique sequence, then transferring those ideas from your mind to the wall, while choosing just the right hand and foot holds to execute the intended sequence. The climbers should be challenged to learn something about themselves or their climbing abilities, no matter their respective skill levels. To me, the presentation also matters; it should look appealing to climbers. More often than not in the gym environment, the best looking problems and routes get the most traffic.
Learning to be as efficient as possible is also very helpful for commercial routesetting; learn from prior mistakes. Both climbing and routesetting, like anything else, require lots of practice; experience matters. And most importantly, it’s all about having FUN!
Tip from J. D. Cantrell