Like many writers, Scott Adams has a pretty strict routine that he follows when getting down to work. He describes it in a Business Insider article, and no surprise, it’s lot like other creative routines. As he explains:
Creativity is not something you can summon on command. The best you can do is set an attractive trap and wait. My mornings are the trap.
I wait for the ideas to arrive at their leisure, like a hunter in a duck blind. And in order for the trap to work, I exercise tight control over my physical environment.