Before I write anything related to the topic title, I should quickly say that writing music is a multifaceted process and I think we should all realize there are many ways of arriving at the same goal. What I'm looking for -- and what many other people are probably looking for though -- is insight. "What other ways could we approach composition?" is basically the essential question here. You should post responses to the following two questions: Question 1: What compositional techniques, software, tools etc do you use to make music? Answer 1: For me, I use a variety of methods. Although all my compositions invariably make their way to Cubase (or start inside Cubase to begin with), a lot of my process starts with guitar pro as it gets me thinking in musical rather than engineering terms. I'll start with drums, bass or guitar, whichever inspires me the most. Most of the time, I just plod around entering notes until something clicks and I've got the basis for something that sounds good, though on rarer occasions I might have some internal ideas that find their way on to the page. Question 2: Is there anything about the process that you wish you could change, or do better? Answer 2: Sometimes I feel like the technology controls me rather than I controlling "it". I often have to ask myself if I would even be able to make progressive music if you took cubase, guitar pro etc away from me. At times I wish I used a more hands-on approach where 100% of the ideas comes from me with the guitar in my hands, or that the solos I end up playing come from an improv-based process rather than being explicitly planned.