I would like to ask a typical question from amateur musician. Most of amateur musicians understand tablature notation and often even some music theory, I personally can read notes but not in all keys (it becomes too complicated with great number of flats or sharps).
I find it feasible to write something in standard notation when there is a well defined planed key although it sounds very artificial as composition. In reality if I compose something I don't have planed key, I choose note because I like the way it sounds, and I find it very difficult to find in which key my composition is, and without knowing it, my notation is really ugly (a lot of flats and sharps that change all the time).
I would like to ask you, a real composer when he is writing a piece, how does he proceed? Does he envision all the parameters (like key) to be able to write it down easily and then eventually changes it, or maybe he writes it the way it sounds good to him in very ugly notation, and then tries to optimize it, by for example finding the key of this composition etc.