Hey Phil. Well, for me it took a really long time to start making money. I started writing stories and articles every once in awhile. Then someone taught me SEO so I could start getting search engine traffic and slowly but surely the income started flowing. It's a really tough transition because a person can't just leave their career to pursue writing, because unless they quickly write a bestselling book, they won't make enough money to survive. Do you have a basic understanding of SEO? I can send you manuals if you'd like that give a nice overview of how to get search engine traffic.
Writing a couple articles a week is a good way I think to start building some income. It won't be much but after awhile it starts to pick up. A few of my articles that are over a year old consistently get between 125-175 views per day. It's getting tougher and tougher these days though to find topics that you can rank well in. There's a growing amount of competition out there.