In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a challenge that calls for writers to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November. Study Finds released the results of a study that offered some insights into the minds of writers and potential writers, based on the responses of 2,000 people in the U.S.
Here are some of the statistics:
- more than half of Americans think they have a good idea for a novel
- only 15% ever start writing a book
- only 8% have completed a novel (that seems quite high to me)
- 33% say they face difficulty finding inspiration or coming up with ideas
- 26% indicate they do not have enough free time
- 55% think their own life is worthy of becoming a book or movie
- 54% want to share their challenges and how they overcame them,
- 54%w consider themselves to be an interesting character
- those who consider themselves avid readers were much more likely to consider their lives to be worthy of a book or movie adaption (63% vs. 37%)
- 62 percent have developed a greater appreciation for classic novels over time
Some thoughts on these results:
First, I doubt if I would ever compete in NaNoWriMo. I already struggle trying to write something every day. My posts are generally about 400-500 words a day, I’d have to quadruple my daily writing to make this challenge. I don’t see that happening.
Second, my life is not interesting enough to be the basis for a book or movie, so where I am going to find the inspiration? I’d have to stick to sources like the Wall Street Journal, the HuffPost, and StudyFinds. And you can guess how interesting those articles would be for other people.
Third, I find it hard to imagine that eight percent of adults in the U.S. have written a novel. If that was 0.8%, I’d have more faith in the number.
And finally, I’ve reconsidered. Maybe my life is worthy of a book or movie. It could serve as a warning for what not to do…
*I am getting my money’s worth out of that crumpled piece of paper…