He talks about momentum and burst, and the role of the Muse in writing. I spent years flirting with the Muse. Didn't sell anything in those years, spent a lot of time being frustrated, got to enjoy the dramatic life of the aspiring writer.
Eventually I punted that for a lot of hard work. In December of 2000 (as I have said before) I made a conscious decision to write a story a week. Been working ever since at a much higher pace then I ever did before. Guess what? I started selling. Grew a career.
A funny thing happened in the course of all that hard work. The Muse found me.
It's like the old joke, where God tells Moishe, "Buy a lottery ticket!" The Muse tells writers, "Write some, damn it."
Because I only get that calling-down-fire-from-the-gods feeling when I am writing, never when I'm waiting to write or thinking about writing or wishing I was writing. And I've written a lot of dreck along the way. But every time I sit down at my keyboard, I'm buying a ticket in the Muse lottery.
The Muse and hard work are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I submit, they can be one and the same. It's certainly worth a shot, innit? Meanwhile, you've got more stories written while waiting for her to fly by the window.
Quit looking for the magic, people, and do the work.