“. . . the poem may be said to have its beginning — at the end, where all works of art should begin . . .”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Philosophy of Composition, 1846
Create a visual idea, a concept, a large shape or shapes that quickly communicate or summarize your reason for this work. Hold to this idea throughout the entire work. Consider the main theme of Beethoven’s Fifth:
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
What a simple concept: 3 eighth notes and a half note, changing from G to E and F to D. To look at it, it seems nothing. But what power is contained in that theme! Like a coiled spring. Your idea can be simple, just fill it with all the power of your soul.
Think in terms of movement and shape. Be poetic. Consider the light thrusting into the dark, human consciousness seeking enlightenment, the transformation of the savage to the thinking man, material flesh to spiritual being. Let it be a pure abstraction. Be as vigorous and full of life as you want for your work. This beginning determines the end of your work.