Also resonant was the idea that you get things done by doing them, even if only a little bit each day. Write and move a little closer to your target. All the creative writing books say the same thing--the world is full of novelist wannabes, but authors are people who write. If you don't write, you just sit around and talk about it, or avoid it, or fantasize about it, you're not writing and you're not a writer. So do a little every day, whether it's good or not, and you'll be making progress.
I read part of John Steinbeck's diary he kept while he wrote one of his lesser-known novels, and he had days that he didn't want to write, but he did anyway. That's how it happens. I'm sure everyone knows that horrible feeling of ending a day having done nothing that moves you closer toward your goal--answered a lot of email, watched some porn, read some Usenet, scoured Meerkat for new articles, refreshed cnn.com hoping something else exploded
When Tom and I wrote the Perl Cookbook, I would write in the nights, after eating dinner and watching some TV. I didn't have kids then
So, anyway, read the article that prompted these thoughts, and tell me what you think.