I've been writing songs recently that are focused more on the process of creation than the outcome. Though the product tends to be interesting, I've found the process to be really quick and fun and interesting. This is very different than how I have approached songs in the past, which is typically with gritted teeth and anxiety. This part assumes it knows what other people want to hear and gets hung up trying to make that happen (ie. endless takes, pitch correction, catchy choruses, etc).
So what about you? Do you tend to approach songwriting with a similar stress? Or do you find songwriting to be this easy/effortless/magical thing? Maybe somewhere in between? I'd love to hear your thoughts.