I've reached a point where I work within a narrow structure, and find it freeing instead of limiting.
I find this can work for some types of creatives. When working artists I know (be it writers, painters, musicians, sketch artists, etc), I am often told by them that they need to know the box they are working in. Just saying "Writing me a story" or "Draw me a picture" is exceptionally cruel to them.
Still I know others who feel that the moment someone says "You must do this" it actually messes with their mojo.
If nothing else, I think each step of the creative process that I take is helping me to define my process even more and I've learned over the years (especially working here) that no two artists are the same or follow the same methods. It's why I love learning about new methods from others. I'm quick to test, and willing to try all kinds of new things. Not everyone is capable, or willing, to break a mould. :D
Also the idea of a macro and micro working together or mirroring each other is something I am actually quite familiar with, so it's neat to see it brought up here.