#1
I don't know if this belongs here, but how do you guys come up with riffs or a whole song.
#2
Messing about, I reckon will be most peoples answer. It's mine aswell.

I'm hoping to learn enough theory so it doesn't have to be like that.
#3
^Theory doesn't help you think of ideas for songs, it just makes it easier to develop those ideas.
#4
I think of a rhythm, and then apply notes in a scale to the rhythm, and then tweak it from there. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they suck, that's just the way it goes.
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#5
Improvisation. Read Tom Hess's articles on his website. They'll solve your doubt and give u more ideas.
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#6
Run a search, there are some threads on how people write songs. Everyone is different though. Sometimes I just work with arpeggios and scale, other times, I just mess around, see that it fits into the scale, and expand from there. My playing has been sounding the same recently, so I just need to experiment with different things (different chords, scales, different intervals, rhythms, etc.).