As a Los Angeles musician, you know that you've really gotten somewhere when you finally find you are only writing and playing simply the notes the music needs. The desire to do the unexpected can make it easy to lose track of the most brilliant of all, which is just finding the solution that fits the song.
The understated, direct route, with a crystal clear eye on the iconic emotional and pop cure is all you need. That is the core experience, and the rest is just details. As a sample of this idea, if it's Friday and you're in love, well, then there's you're chorus.
Therefore, the next time you find yourself to be striving for the surprise twist to the music or the most the over-the-top hook to bring in, just pause in the act and let the song answer its own riddle for you.
So very many of the best songs sound so natural that it's hard to picture or imagine that the composer once actually could have had a degree of choice in bringing the music into another direction instead, depending upon the composer's state of mind. The best compositions write themselves if you let them.
So, relax, release the writer from the block and know that there is a songwriting answer… if you let it be.