Hey all. I'm new to this forum, and to composing in general, my first and only completed piece so far I already shared. I actually finished that last May, close to a year now.
You might be wondering why i haven't finished something yet(it has been 8 months, after all), and that is a myriad of reasons. First, I am extremely OCD when it comes to composing. Everything has to be very satisfying for me, and second-guessing myself doesn't help.
This December, I started a piece. My last piece had just a piano and violin but i figured(very foolishly) that i could somehow handle writing for a full orchestra. I didn't get that much done on it through out that month, due to the holodays but also due to the fact that everything I wrote I ended up eventually throwing out. I'm kind of glad I did, as it wasn't all that great and didn't fit with my theme for the piece too well. But after going through the cycle of composing and trashing it and getting nowhere, I decided that I was going to finish it this month.
After I made that commitment and stuck with it, I started making a lot more progress, like magic. The piece is scheduled to be done in about a week and it is about 2/3rds written.
Now, I'm sure whoever stuck around this long is wondering where I am going. A valid question. The whole point of this post is to ask you how long it takes you to finish a composition on average, or if you are learning/trying new things while you compose.