Kelsey writes: How do you actually get yourself in the habit of writing? I have ideas all the time and I usually develop them extensively, but procrastinate when it comes down to actually putting them down on paper. (Part of the reason why I'm interested in a TV writing job is that I get things done better under pressure and/or in a rewrite meeting at 2:00 AM in the morning before shooting starts.)
It's definitely true that incentive helps. When I found out a friend was passing my script to an executive at her company, my Facebook news feed suddenly didn't seem so interesting. Similarly, Legitimate Writers have told me that when you're getting paid it's also a lot easier to write. Until we're lucky enough to be there, you just have to be disciplined. Find the time, whether it's in the morning, or during lunch, or late at night - we're all different. I think all of us newbies struggle with discipline, and it's okay. But remember there's a lot of competition, and you're not a contender until you have a few solid scripts finished. I don't want to be an assistant forever - I want to be a writer. That's probably my biggest motivation.