Friday, December 9, 2016

NaNoWriMo Stats

I do like well-designed charts that display statistical information in an easy-to-absorb format. The NaNoWriMo folks came up with a couple of nice ones showing how the 2016 winners, at 50,000 words, stacked up to total participants—those who signed up for the 30 days of writing-writing-writing.
They made up one chart with generic people figures in different colors for the categories of: Participants, Winners, and Young Writers Program Participants.

According to this chart 11% reached the winners circle.

I would have predicted less than 20% based on my experience from my first NaNoWriMo in 2010.

What really blew me away were the Young Writers Program participants. The youngsters clocked in an impressive 23%.

According to the NaNoWriMo folks 3,000 virtual classrooms were set up through the Young Writers Program site. And 2,500 classroom kits were sent out to educators around the world at no cost.

Would that explain why the most popular genre in the multi-colored pie chart was Fantasy? Followed by Young Adult in second place and Science Fiction in third place. Those three genres made up nearly half of all novels written in November.

The next cluster of much smaller but similarly-sized pie slices contained: Romance, Horror/Supernatural, and Personal.

Followed by: Thriller/Suspense, Adventure, and Fanfiction.

Then there’s: Literary, Mystery, and Mainstream.

Ending with rest of the varied pieces of the genre pie: Women’s Fiction, LGBT+, Historical, Children’s Fiction, Satire/Humor, Religious/Spiritual, and Erotic.

I entered with the Mystery genre in the regional forum of USA::Iowa::Quad Cities. I was one of 71 novelists who wrote 1,132,879 words with an average wordcount of 15,956.

A big “Thank you” goes to SandyInSilvis for being our Municipal Liaison.

Okay, I’m still wondering about the Mystery genre’s placement well in the rear of the pack of the pie chart. Good or Bad?

I guess it’s a moot point if I don’t go ahead and finish what I started.

Here are the raw numbers—
Participants: 312,074
Winners: 34,555
Young Writers Program Participants: 71,229

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