hi! john, I'm trying to understand the composing process, so I'd like to know how is your personal composing process, this is just because I think everyone has a different way and is hard for me to do
Listening to a lot of music is key, then just putting the time in to sit there with your instrument and just letting your fingers wander. make it easy for yourself to capture ideas...have a recorder nearby. Digital recorders are so cheap now, use them. The important thing is to put in the time. The more time you put in focused on writing, the more you will write.