It's always a real pain in the ass when you have this marvelous compositional idea or motif in your head then you go to put it down and you:
a) forget it,
b) really don't feel like putting it down,
c) have writer's block completely,
d) can't decide which idea to put down first because you have so goddamn many of them running around in your head >.<
e) any combination of the above.
I think my biggest issue is choice D. I'm constantly flitting about on different ideas for different pieces I'm working on, and somehow it always gets scrambled and then it's just like...what was I going to do?
Example: I get a new idea for my concerto for timpani and orchestra, go to my laptop to put it into Sibelius 5 (FTW), then I think "meh, I don't feel like doing that right now." I open up a piece my friend and I are collaborating on, get through like...2 measures, then go to my piece for wind quintet. Lalalalala, hey new idea for my symphony tribute to Dream Theater! Open that up...fuck, I can't remember!
On top of that, I have so many different ensembles to write for, and more ideas come up at random! Here is a list of current projects (copied from Facebook):
"So, anybody here working on anything? Currently, I have been commissioned 3 pieces from different people: a concerto for timpani and orchestra, a suite for next year's Fine Arts Center woodwind quintet, and a violin sonata (which I am writing with piano accompaniment.) As for just pieces I'm writing, I'm working on 2 and 4-mallet marimba/vibraphone solos, a percussion ensemble piece, a couple of symphony pieces, and various other mediums. My friend and I are also collaborating on a piece for flute, clarinet, violin, electric bass, and percussion."
Not even fuckin' HALF of my ideas.
Yes, many hazards of having severe ADD. I think somehow it will work out alright though, gut feeling. I think this year will be a turning point for me in many aspects, so I guess it's a matter of applying concepts.
Ahh damn I know what you mean. Although you seem much more accomplished than me. I started writing a piece for guitar, and I had the most brilliant little passage over a nice chord progression. I play it out once lol, totally spontaneous. I think QUICK OPEN GUITAR PRO!!!!!!! And its gone...