how do you guys go about it? do you take the traditional route and write everything out on paper before you hack it into your DAW? or do play with certain ideas and sounds and go from there? something in between?
i'm referring to orchestral stylings, just to make sure. i'm working on an epic/romantic theme right now, and for the first time i'm writing stuff on paper before recording it. and while i do have a decent background in theory/harmony etc, it's quite the task to get everything i hear in my head on paper first, and THEN into the sequencer. i used to go the other route (getting inspired by bits and pieces i reorded and then take it from there), but that seemed to produce less realistic results, or should i say, less diverse in terms of dynamics, orchestrational ideas etc pp. (me originally being a guitarist with not exactly the greatest piano-playing abilities doesn't help much, either)
so... i'm curious how the big guys do it :-) and... if you care to share any tips, i'm as always more than glad to learn from the pros