I’ve gone away for a few days to finish some long overdue writing, simply because it’s impossible to write at home amongst the mayhem and craziness of my very busy life. Yes that’s my life, somewhat of a whirlwind until I decide to disappear for a few days and re-evaluate. Makes me think of these people who churn out several books per year and wonder how they do it. Perhaps they don’t sleep, ja ja! More to the point I suppose that comes with success in the writing arena, and they then turn, full-time writer, needs must. When your books are selling, the punters want more, in my case kids!
So, when do I sell most of my books? When I visit schools or I am asked to speak somewhere about my Mexican adventures actually. Do I have a best-seller yet? No, but I’m working on it. And most writers admit it takes years. I’m led to believe that even the infamous J.K. Rowling wrote her first book several years before it was noticed and, we often hear the story of how many rejections she had from publishers who must now be holding their heads in their hands with deep regret. Not literally, of course.
So, as I’m moving between writing the Chavos script for the forthcoming production – tell you more about that later – and putting the tweeks to my third novel –Pablo’s Diary, I look back over the last few years and ask the question; how do you measure success?
Well, I think I’ve been successful and I’m on the way to bigger and better things, refusing to give in as I was obviously endowed with plenty of that old Yorkshire grit. Yes, I will keep going and I’m now enjoying a cup of that great Yorkshire tea, even though I have to admit, I’m in Spain and thinking about the main four questions that people ask me when we chat. Looks like I have my next four Chavos blogs;-
1) How did you get started, what inspired you initially to write?
2) When do you write?
3) How do you write?
4) Where are you going and what plans do you have for future books?
So, I’ll keep blogging and answer those questions the most exciting one being, where is this all leading. The Chavos Brand of course.
Till next blog, stay happy.
Ps. Found this horrible photo of when I did a local village fete several years ago. I loved those hats. I’ve come a long way since then. Thanks be to God.