Daily Archives: December 1, 2006

NaNoWriMo Statistics

November is over, and so is National Novel Writing Month. This year, over 79,300 people participated. Of these, less than 13,000 met the challenge by writing 50,000 words, a little over 15% of the participants. (The Ottwa region was higher than the average, at 22%. Yay!) Those who completed the challenge received this nifty certificate:

NaNoWriMo Certificate

I learned and experienced several interesting things while participating in NaNoWriMo 2006 while lurking through the threads and speaking to my fellow participants:

  • Quantity, not quality, is what is stressed here, but many are not able to turn off the internal editor and become paralyzed.
  • Many registered but did not write one word.
  • Many “winners” wrote more than 50K within the month, a few going over the 100K mark.
  • Many participants will do nothing with the words they have written, including many of the winners.
  • Very few 50K efforts end up in published novels.
  • People who did not finished rationalized, procrastinated, reasoned, but did not finish.
  • Those who stuck to the daily minimum (1667 words a day) or exceeded it, finished.
  • Writing seven days a week for a month is mentally and physically exhausting.
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