I loved how practical this section was. This wasn't abstract platitudes of journalism theory, it was real-world solid advice about how to make a career out of narrative writing. It was also a very real look at what the life of a freelance or narrative writer is like. It is no easier for these professionals to garner motivation to get up off their couches and go find, report, and write their stories than it is for us students to get up our couches and find, report, and write our stories. Graduating from school doesn't magically change us into productive, motivated, efficient, content-producing machines. I loved the anecdote about how he tied himself to his chair with a piece of yarn.
The analogy of book-writing to gambling is a good one. You can't really bank on making a killing. You have to either be able to afford playing the game for fun, or you have to be willing to risk the loss. Either way, the bright side is that you can, to a certain small degree, make your own luck. With yarn. You make your luck with yarn.