This is a collection of questions, which may be somewhat basic (and could even appear naive - but they are not), to stimulate thoughts on the process of how we are growing (or have grown) into composers.
1) How much in a waking day are you keeping yourself actively busy with music (e.g. playing, listening, analysing, immersing, discussing...)? How much of that is sketching, writing or imagining own music?
2) How much composing output can you manage on an average day, or on a good day (in terms of time, let's say, one minute, or three minutes; or in terms of bars)?
3) If you do not play the piano or any other multi-voice instrument, how do you work with that, or around it, with regards to writing harmonic and multi-voice pieces?
4) Is composing for you more an intellectual and imaginary process (mostly in your head), or largely a matter of practical improvisation, playing, trying out and capture what comes up?
5) What have you found a good approach to learning how to write music for instruments, that you don't play at all and have relatively little practical knowledge of?
6) Have you seen a kind of clear progress in relation to effort and time put into learning the craft (let's say, the famous concept or model of needing 10,000 hours of learning to reach proficiency)?
7) Do you tend to only compose with specific occasions or purposes in mind, or do you respond to whatever catches your interest, even if it ends up with a piece just for its own purpose?
I hope that this could be interesting for novices, as well as for advanced members.