Every year, the wonderful people at the Office of Letters and Lights provide the numbers behind National Novel Writing Month. These NaNoWriMo statistics offer some fun insight into who is participating, who is completing, and the trends from one year to the next.
They also offer an excellent API section on their site that programmers can use to create visuals that tell the story in a more fun way. That is what we are going to try to accomplish here.
Let’s start with the basics.
NaNoWriMo statistics for previous years
In 2011, National Novel Writing Month saw over 256,000 participants (more than 56,000 more than the previous year. Those writers contributed 3,074,068,446 words during November. Of all of those participants, only 36,774 completed the challenge.
In other words, only 14% of writers completed the challenge of 50,000 words during November in 2011. It is too early to tell what the numbers look like for 2012 at the time that this article is being published, but here is a quick look at where the numbers currently stand for this year.
Note: The More Known is using the API from the NaNoWriMo site on November 16th, 2012 at 1:48pm Central.
2012 NaNoWriMo stats
NaNoWriMo Sitewide Stats
*user counts are not published via API on a sitewide basis
- Total word count on 11/16/2012: 1,720,262,502
- Average word count: 10,428
Chicago, IL Regional Stats
- Number of participants: 2,117
- Total word count on 11/16/2012: 19,934,839
- Average word count: 9,416
Locally, Chicago writers are falling behind the site-wide word count average of 10,428 words. We will follow up once the month is over with additional statistical review to see how Jim and Ben stack up against national averages.
Here is a screen grab of Jim’s NaNoWriMo progress so far (with Chicago Regional Stats included):