Out of curiosity this week I decided to search for some novel writing statistics, specifically how many people write novels. The results were surprising. Here’s what I discovered.
Out of 97% of people who begin writing a novel:
30 out of 1000 go on to finish it.
Only 6 out of those 30 go on to see their novel published.
Thought provoking, right?
I’m amazed to find myself within not only that 3% of the population who have completed a book, but part of the 0.6% who reach publication. Pretty staggering stats. You can check out more here and here if you’re interested.
Writers and poets, if that doesn’t give you an injection of motivation for your current work in progress, I can’t think of anything else that would. It certainly gave me a much-needed boost. As we progress through life, society expects us to meet certain milestones: marriage, kids, education/ career, house, car. The list goes on. The percentages for these things (that I got from a quick Google search and some calculations to work out the averages) are as follows:
Tertiary education: 45%
Drive/have a car: 77%
Since I’m decidedly average with the list above, knowing that I am part of the 3% who have completed a novel, and the 0.06% who have had books published, is something that I am proud of; not to mention a huge part of my identity. I write, therefore I am. Authors, I’m sure you can relate to that.