John gives some use some advice that he considers utterly useless. It’s actually pretty pragmatic, if a bit grumpy in spots (“I want to be a writer. What do I do? DUH. You write, dummy.”).
Or, to put it more succinctly: Writing professionally is a business. If you want to write professionally, you have to approach writing in a professional manner — which is to say, you have to approach it with the intent of actually making money doing it.
One: It takes work. Lots and lots and lots of work.
Two: Sometimes, work sucks.
Three: But you do it anyway because that’s your job.
The previous three rules, incidentally, work for all writers, whether they write on staff or write freelance.
This article is the sort of “Magical Secrets of the World of Writing for Money!” thing that you’d expect to see pitched on a late-night infomercial. I’d be worth the three easy payments of $19.95 just for the bonus heat resistant spatula set that I’d get if I ordered now, but the article itself is pretty spiffy in its own right.