Forgive my ignorance, but I am very interested in your composing process.
Do you usually:
a) Hear an entire piece in your head (from beginning to end) before you write it down or perform/record it?
b) Hear a section at a time and then expand on the idea?
c) Start playing your instrument and see where it takes you? (even if it is over a cliff)
d) Let the cat walk across your synth and hope to find a useful melodic phrase?
In my case, and I suspect everyone else’s, the answer is “all of the above” – except perhaps “d” (yea, that’s probably just me ). But what occurs most often? For me it is “b” then “c” and very rarely “a”.