How not to write a book

Linda Caroll
Dec 8, 2019 · 2 min read

97% of writers will never type THE END. A poem about writing.

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I read that 81% of adults want to write a book, which
means around 200 million people just in America
but that only 3% will ever finish and 97%
will never type THE END.

Every month, 75,000 people Google how to write a book
and they find 6,530,000,000 results, which seems
just over the top insane, but still, only 3%
will ever type THE END.

It seems to me that wanting to do a thing and doing the
thing are not the same and I wonder if those 97%
want to have written a book more than they
want to write a book?

I read that a new book is published on Amazon every
5 minutes, 12 every hour, 288 every day, over
100 thousand new books published each
year just from those 3%

It’s not just people, there is a robot that has written
over 100,000 books for the professor who
invented it and Amazon offers around
3.4 million books for sale.

I read that most books will not sell more than 250
copies the first year, and it gets harder all the
time and despite knowing all that?
I want to write a book.

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