While this tip isn’t a compositional tip exactly, it can help with your compositional skills.
With all the compositional skills you acquire and use, be sure to reflect on it. Evaluate it. Did what you do help the composition, or did it hurt it? Does a skill apply better to a different kind of musical work or genre more than another? Did it work well, but maybe another variable made the outcome not-so-good? If you did something new and creative, how will be able to do it again?
By starting a “Critique Journal” you can look back at all the compositional skills that you have gained and see what works well for your next piece. Constant honest evaluation of yourself will refine your skills and help make your workflow for writing better – because now you have solidified in your mind on what works and what doesn’t thought the journal.
Try it out. Get a journal made of recycled paper or make one on your laptop/phone. With every piece you start to write, jot down a few notes of what could be better or what is already amazing.
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