He kept on working late hours at the factory and then wrote into the night because he was so passionate about it. It paid off as he went on to write (even though he didn't have a formal education), such classics as: Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and of course A Christmas Carol.
Five years before his death he was on a train that went off the tracks where seven rail cars plunged into a river. Dickens was instrumental in attending to the victims receiving credit for having saved several lives. He found love late in life and was married for 22 years to his wife Catherine and they had ten children together. They were busy.
Besides being such a successful writer he never forgot his roots and spent his life as a philanthropist helping women and children in need. Think about this, after 166 years we can find his books pretty much everywhere. That's an awesome legacy!