ok, when i write i usually use a catchy sentence or phrase that makes me think. do other people use different methods......

just wondering

and don't redirect me

cause i'll hate you
i'll hate you if you mean love by hate. what i'm talking about is that i'll see a line or think of something. i can base an entire song off one line. for example

"this life we're living in nothing but test ride suicide"

i could write a song about hat.

how do ya'll do it
I like to take a topic and write an ordinary paragraph on the topic, but write it as metaphorically as possible. It works well for me.