Watch the Creating Riffs online guitar lesson by Ton van Bergeijk from Licks to Riffs Guidebook: Blues
How to create licks and riffs? Whatever you like to call it: Finding inspiration, borrowing, stealing...just listen to the old guys. As Buddy Tate put it in an interview, "We didn't care who it was from. If it was good, we listened to it, we copied it off the records, and used it."