Unlike some of the (baseless) negative comments here, I think this is a helpful and inspiring article. It's a high-level view of one person's journey, so a laundry list of examples and exactly what he did to get there isn't really the point. It's a quality over quantity question, and everyone's got a slightly different balance that works for their creative process and life. I found my writing got stronger when I got less concerned with how many days a week I wrote and how many words I squeeze out each time at my desk. Writing once or twice a week won't cut it, but spending hours writing every day without mastering mechanics is also missing the point. Purposeful practice. That's it. You have to do the work, and what that work is will mean different things to different people. Sheesh.