Many people still harbor romantic notions of composers. I often get the impression that they think we drift from project to project on the wings of some mysterious force called “inspiration,” perhaps while hunched over a piece of manuscript parchment, ink quill in hand and scowling at a stingy muse.
In reality, the question of what we work on is mostly about how one chooses to manage their time and what one’s professional priorities are. I’ll illustrate from my own experiences.
Since I usually have little time to compose most days, I have to maximize the impact by focusing on projects that have a clearly-defined future. Thus, if I’m working on a piece, it’s usually for one of these reasons:
- contest/call for scores
- strong publication potential (or request from publisher)
Read the rest of this (and much more) in my book Writing and Living in the Real World: Advice For Young Composers