If you’re having trouble establishing a writing habit, it may be because you don’t think of yourself as a full-fledged writer. This may sound silly, but start calling yourself a writer. Even if you’re not making that much yet, that doesn’t matter. If you write then you’re a writer.
I’ve been writing every day for several years, both as a full-time staff writer and as freelance on my own. Even when I was freelancing and working on my own site, I wasn’t making much at first, but I still considered myself a writer.
Identifying with the word “writer” is the first step to creating a writing habit that sticks. When we identify with a value we see in ourselves or that we want to see in ourselves. It gives our habits a more significant impact, a mental hack of sorts.
If you want to be a professional writer and make an income, having a goal and stating what the goal is necessary. But what drives success is setting up a system to support the goal. My goal was and has been to write and publish a blog post a day.