I try to come up with ideas and riffs that catch my ear, and then I piece 'em together until something (hopefully) slightly catchy and coherent emerges. I reckon that sums up my approach to songwriting. :-)
"Well, sir, I just make it sound like I think it ought to." - Mississippi John Hurt, when asked how he created his songs.
Cheers from Winnipeg, Canada, y'all! Go, Jets, go!!!