Six I's of Composing
What parts of your [in the works] piece do you like the most? (now develop those)
If this piece had an odor, how would it smell?
[looking at one note]
What all can you do to that one note?
shock (by another instrument's entrance)
What parts show up most for one's first hearing of the piece?
What parts do people discover only after many listenings?
Is it working as you hoped?
What are some of your bad ideas?
Are you having fun? why not?
What are you doing in this piece that you've never done before?
statement (make a statement or ask a question)
questions (make a statement or ask a question)
relationships (what relationship does x have with y?)