Once upon a time, writing music involved the use of music notation paper (with those familiar 5 lines), and lots of pencils and erasers. Nowadays, you can do it much more easily on a computer, using software that's really just a musical version of a word processor.
Start with an empty sheet of notation paper, then drag notes onto the page at the appropriate point. You can move the notes around with the mouse if you make a mistake, and you can hear your work in progress at any time just by pressing the Play button.
If you've never tried writing music this way, or indeed if you've never tried writing music at all, Forte 5 is a well-known notation software product for Windows which is available as freeware for a limited-functionality version. Despite being free, it has everything you need in order to try creating your own tunes.
Forte 5 Freeware is available for download at http://www.fortenotation.com/en/products/writing-scores/product-overview/ (check out the last column on the page, and the download link at the bottom). It runs on all recent versions of Windows, at the 26 MB download is malware-free according to Web of Trust and VirusTotal. Note, however, that you may be asked to restart your computer after installing it.
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