Each year, in November, writers and wanna-be novelists from all over the world accept the challenge of generating a story of 50, 000 words during the 30 days, producing 1,700 words daily. Roughly, that's seven pages of 250
words each, with double spaced sentences. Day after day after day. Fortunately, National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, does its best to inspire us to get those scintillating tales out of our heads and on to paper. For a number of years I’ve joined buddies at coffeehouse write-ins as well as meeting them online in chat rooms and we’ve poured out our stories.
Some years we cross the 50K mark and others we don’t, but we always succeed in having a good time adding to the wads of words we hope one day will wind up as a published novel. This year, despite the dramas of normal life, I won! Yes! I crossed the 50,000-word finish line. No publishers are beating a path to my door. Not yet,anyway. But I'm hopeful.
To commemorate that milestone as well as acknowledging all my writing buddies whose fingers raced over keyboards with me, I’d like to share 13 statistics about National Novel Writing Month.
- 256,618 people participated in this year's NaNoWriMo challenge.
- Together, participants wrote a total of 3,074,068,446 words. That's
billions, not millions. Wow!
- The average word-count per person: 11,979 words.
- A total of 36,774 writers crossed the 50k finish line.
- That means 14% of participants were winners.
- In the Young Writers Program, 81,041 participated.
- Young Writers are those under 12 years of age. Most take part
in activities in the classroom. They wrote a total of 368,143,078 words.
- The Young Writers' average: 7,199 words per person.
- The National Novel Writing Site recorded 5,384,040 visits in
November. Want to visit, too? Go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/
- Where did all these visitors come from? Well, the largest number -- 77,947 -- came from New York.
- Google recorded 62,286 "guests" from London.
- The city closest to me, Madison, Wisconsin, had 12,650 visitors to the National Novel Writing’s site.
- All together, 3,605,003 people in the United States took a gander at and/or participated in NaNoWriMo.
Did you participate? What did you like best about the experience? The least? Please share your experience with me. Thanks.