This video comes from Artists House Music and features composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and music educator Bob Brookmeyer. He talks about a lot of different things in the course of this video but the part that interested me the most was about what he did to actually start the process of composing.
I joked with my wife, I told her I figured something out in the bathroom. So she put out a scorebook and a pencil – at least then you get an idea. I sometimes warm up with whole notes just to get pencil contact and anything that will start the process.
There are two great ideas distilled here. Firstly be ready to work with inspiration whenever and wherever (in this instance, the bathroom) it hits. Secondly get into a habit of ‘showing up’ and going through the process perhaps with a warm up exercise of your own; something that is conducive to your own creative process.