I've been reading the latest issue of The Muswell Flyer ('The Local Magazine for Local People'). and prompted by our friend and neighbour Polly Faber I looked closely at a feature on page 10. It's called Playing To Your Strengths and is written by a 'life coach' called Dave Robson. Dave has been thinking about the problems faced by aspiring writers:
Truth is, if you want to write a book you have to dedicate yourself to writing regularly - come what may and whatever the cost. There is no other way. If you don't want to write in a dirty house, hire a cleaner, get a dog-walker, get a personal assistant - in other words assemble the team you need to ensure your efforts bear fruit. That way you end up not only with a finished manuscript but also with a clean house, a fit and happy dog, the washing up done, and e-mails and phone calls answered.
It really is that simple. All you have to do is recruit a team to look after everything and then you can spend all your time writing novels. It's been said that you can make a small fortune as a novelist - but you clearly have to start off with a large one.