I read in many books/teachings etc. that the first step for creating a melody is to come up with a motif, and use that for further development. Are all melodies created like that? I hear melodies that I like which have recognizable motifs, and others that don't (or their motifs are somewhat hidden).
The motifs I tend to write, are not anything special. Since they should be small (according to the resources), I can't seem to come up with something interesting with 2-5 notes. So I am not sure if I should spend time developing these somewhat random, boring things!
Lately I read (only the melody chapter) of "Music Composition for Dummies". It seems to separate motif based melodies and phrase based ones.
Often a composer’s entire body of work belies a tendency towards melodic long-windedness — using long, elaborately developed phrases — whereas other composers are more at home with shorter, choppier motifs.
So, the choice to use or not use motifs, is a matter of choice or style rather than a kind of 'prerequisite' for all melody?