It’s good to have reference points when you’re creating something beyond your specialisms.
I’m not a pianist or string player but I’ve been composing for both instruments over the last few months. I use my knowledge and expand upon it to get fundamentals right, namely instrument range, harmony, rhythms and idiomatic features.
When I want to take things further, that’s when I do my research.
An abundance scores from previous show the possibilities of extended techniques, engraving and ways to approach writing that you may not have previously considered.
Being creative involves listening and referring to other past works that can inspire you and influence you towards new directions.