I'm currently working on a short piece for piano, and time is running out. I'm still in the precomposition stage and running against some difficulties. I have some nice ideas, but connecting them is the problem I'm running up against. Besides that I usually don't write for piano unless it is in a chamber setting. Solo piano is a new beast for me. I have done some short exercises in the past, but I never intended for those works to be performed.
Some sources I've been drawing from are Chick Corea's Now He Sings Now He Sobs, George Crumb's Makrokosmos , and various Arvo Part works. These are three completely different musical worlds! This is most likely why have problems connecting these ideas. However each has some type of quality that really appeals to me. With Part it is the space and care of notes, with Crumb it is the idea of non-traditional piano sounds, and with Corea it's the harmonic rhythms that are intriguing to me.
Personally, I probably relate closer to Corea for this piece, but I started with all these other ideas that don't fit into that sort of musical language. I thought of creating some underling texture to bring a few of these ideas together or maybe abandoning some of the ideas I had in order to go after an entirely new character. This is where I'm stuck now.
In the mean time check out Corea's work. This is classic. If you haven't heard this I suggest listening to it now.