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NaNoWriMo 2015 word totals by genre

Bondi Beach

National Novel Writing Month word count totals by genre (here's hoping the formatting sticks. If it doesn't, I'll edit for genre only in descending order).

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Fantasy 824,578,354
Young Adult 428,718,103
Science Fiction 329,740,430
Romance 208,265,129
Horror/Supernatural 189,273,062
Fanfiction 147,003,323
Thriller/Suspense 128,658,361
Adventure 123,976,099
Literary 107,419,001
Mystery 100,617,237
Personal 89,831,408
Mainstream 82,293,459
Women's Fiction 67,947,623
Historical 66,945,716
Children's Fiction 43,781,075
Satire/Humor 42,215,476
Erotic 26,049,855
Religious/Spiritual 22,086,915

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
docholladay

Pity there are no listings of submitted novels available to readers. I know I would probably find something to read from that large a selection.

Then again maybe I am greedy.

Crumbly Writer

I'm confused, are those the word counts of the winning entries, because I don't see any logic in the numbers themselves.

On a separate note, Smashwords just completed it's yearly summary of published books and reported that "Romance" is its largest single genre (at 80%). The closest second-place was at only 3%. However, I'm unsure whether they were ALL published in that specific genre, or it was an alternate and/or additional keyword. (They break romance in sub-categories like "Mystery", "Science Fiction", "Historical", etc.).

So I'm guessing that means we should all jump on the Romance bandwagon, or avoid it like the plague from now on? Your pick.

Replies:   Bondi Beach
Ernest Bywater

@Bondi Beach

National Novel Writing Month word count totals by genre


It would be interesting to see a similar list with the average per book so we could see if the high figures are due to more people writing in a genre or the people writing in that genre writing more. I know the first year I entered NaNoWriMo my target 50,000 words ended up at 86,000 words for a finished book, and I've known people to hit higher during the month. Add in many fantasy stories are sagas as against novel in size and you wonder how much they wrote in the month for each book.

Bondi Beach
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@Crumbly Writer


I'm confused, are those the word counts of the winning entries, because I don't see any logic in the numbers themselves.


They are total word counts, whether the author hit the 50K target or not. There are also totals by region, as well as individual author average word counts. The individual author average for my region, California [San Francisco] East Bay, was 18 K, so for every Ernest who wrote 85K or more, there were many others who wrote less.

In answer to docholliday's question, the author's NaNoWriMo page has a place for excerpts if the author wishes to post them, but I don't think there's any central listing-you'd have to look up a particular author or perhaps cruise the NaNo discussion groups to see what folks say.

The word count info is here: http://nanowrimo.org/word_count_scoreboard

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