For me, when it comes to composing music, I let the Music guide me. Because we have techniques in composition doesn't mean we should go into composing music with the thought of using those techniques. It may sound right, but that doesn't mean it is right. Come up with a Musical Thought and let THAT be your guide. I've always been taught, rightly so, to be more like a composer when improvising. I also think that composers should be more like great improvisers when composing. Great Improvisers don't Think about what they are going to do before they play so they can Improvise moment by moment.