7 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Writing
Updated: Apr 1
John Steinbeck used over 300 pencils to write his best-selling book, “East of Eden.” On some days, he would write through as many as 60 pencils. Interestingly, Discover Magazine says the average pencil contains enough graphite to draw a 35-mile long line or write about 35,000 words.
Ink pens are far less reliable, averaging enough ink for a five-mile line. Good thing Steinbeck did not rely on pens when writing novels.
The world has progressed since the 1950s when Steinbeck provided some of his best work. Nowadays, writers experience mogigraphia and wear their fingers to the bone in a far more sophisticated manner as they type the keyboard writing on their PC.
Curious to learn more interesting facts about writing?
The Right Writing Style
Prodigious words flow from the mind of writers, whether they prefer an early-morning writing session like the great Hemingway or choose a Stephen King-like approach and create a best-selling novel in a week.
Every Writer Has Experienced Colygraphia
Colygraphia is the official term for writer’s block, a common experience causing writer's inability to generate fresh ideas or content to write.
The Longest Word in the English Language
The English language contains many long words composed of 12 or more letters, but the longest word is pneumonultramicroscopicsilicovocanoconiosis. This is a type of lung disease professionals call silicosis.
Words Per Day
Many best-selling novelists set a number of words they write per day. Hemingway wrote only 500 words per day while Stephen King says he averages 2,000 words per day. Writer Graham Greene wrote 500 words per day. Greene was stern about his word count and would stop writing even mid-sentence if he reached the limit.
First Book Ever Written
The first book was a Latin Bible written by Gutenberg in 1455. The first English-written book was produced in 1475, by Englishman author William Caxton. The first book published in America was The Bay Psalm Book, a collection of songs translated from Hebrew to English, written by Stephen Daye of Cambridge, MA in 1640.
A Simple Sentence and Common Word
“I” is the most frequently used word in the English language. The simplest sentence in the English language is “I am.”
The Effects of Writing on the Brain
Most of us write on computers or other electronic devices these days, but many writers prefer putting pencil to paper to craft a story. Doing so offers ample benefits including:
- Activates all hemispheres of the brain
- Relieves stress
- Improves critical thinking skills
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