I was sitting there thinking the other day, and I got to being the littlest bit down about the fact that there are something like hundreds of thousands of people out of a job right now.
And I remember the last time things were bad, which was coming off of 9/11 (and they were not as bad as they are NOW)... and the last time things were this bad, a large number of my friends were graduating college in May 2002, and struggling desperately to find jobs. They sent off hundreds upon hundreds of applications, and they took what they could get.
So now, let's guess roughly, that there's something like a million people in the US who are looking for jobs right now. It may be more; it may be less. It's a lot. And as much as you go to job fair after job fair, and you fill out those hundreds or thousands of applications, etc... you still end up with a fairly large amount of empty time in your day.
And I started to wonder, if the fact that unemployment is so high, would affect how many people start writing novels this year.
I tend to think it will. I mean think about it, writing is cheap entertainment. If you have a pen and a piece of paper, or a computer that functions (even one from the stone ages), then you can write a novel. It's cheaper than going to the movies. It's cheaper than buying a book. It's a way to escape into a world of characters and story of your own creation, which can take you away from the absolute horror that your jobless life currently is. So I'm betting that since there are so many people unemployed, any of them who always thought that they might write a novel one day... they may be starting that novel sooner rather than later, as they wait to get a job or hear back from one of those applications and resumes they've sent.
What do you guys think? I'm very interested about your opinion on this topic.