That means: Have a day job to support your writing. Prioritize time to write. Keep a journal. Have a project on the go. Eavesdrop on conversations for research. Stick to deadlines or break them if you have to. And most importantly, never give up.
On a spur of the moment whim yesterday, after reading this article on why there was no Vogel Award for the 2013 round, I decided that I was going to send in something for the 2014 award. Yes, I am aware that the award closes on the 31st of May, and yes I am aware that my shot of winning is something like one in a bazillion. I'm also aware that the manuscript I put aside two years ago and thought was awesome is pretty rough and naive. So I'm going to try and finally live by that advice that I was given, rather than just taking it up when I feel like it. And I'm really really scared, mostly of that voice inside my head that keeps telling me that I'm not good enough, but a little bit of doing it largely on my own, because oh yeah, I moved out of home for a month.
I'm going to keep you all updated, and I hope that you will wish me luck.