In a recent Composer’s Digest entry, I outlined several changes I wanted to make to enhance my professional productivity. A short while after publishing that, I hit upon the idea of creating for myself an annual production schedule (that is, mapping out all the projects I would complete during the course of the year and an approximate time frame in which to complete each project). I was really taken with this idea as I thought it would give me more focus and thus lead to more pieces being completed. As I began to sit down to put this list together, however, I kept coming back to the question:
When during the day will I actually DO the composing?
A tricky point, considering (as is the case for many of my fellow “part time” composers) I have a job, go to school, have an active family, and participate in community music groups. Those rare occasions when I have down time, I’m usually too physically or mentally exhausted to do anything else.
So it became clear that, while having a production queue was a fine idea, I was first going to have to figure out a way to organize my life.
Read the rest of this (and much more) in my book Writing and Living in the Real World: Advice For Young Composers