A few of you have asked questions regarding timing, schedules and rules.  I wanted to address as many of these questions as possible in one forum.  If you have more questions, please feel free to contact me.

What if I have a busy Tuesday and Wednesday but really want to do the exercises.  Can I still do them on the weekend and still get credit towards the drawing?

Yes.  You have until midnight on Jan. 31st to complete all of the exercises.  Of course, it would be best to do one exercise per day but not everyone has a schedule that allows for that.

What if I don’t do the exercise exactly?  Should I still comment?

It depends.  Did you try to do the exercise to the best of your abilities?  Did you stretch yourself and give the exercise a honest to goodness “go”?  If the answer is yes, then by all means comment and tell us about it!!  Sharing your experience is one way we will grow together in this!

If you exercise asks you to write 3 character sketches and you only wrote one.  Then no.  Comment when you write 3 as directed by the author.

I really don’t like the exercise/the exercise doesn’t suit my writing style.  What should I do?

Try it anyway.  Sometimes the hardest exercises are the most valuable.

But if you don’t want to try – DON’T COMMENT.

I write YA and the exercise is geared towards PB writers.  What should I do?

You have two options.   1) Try it the way it is.  2) Adapt the exercise.  Making the exercise work for you is part of the challenge.  But remember adaptation doesn’t mean cutting corners.

I didn’t do last Tuesday’s exercise.  Can I still do it?

Yes.  You have until midnight on Jan. 31st to complete the exercises.  It’s possible that Tuesday’s exercise is more involved than you have time for.  And that’s okay.  It’s better FOR YOU in the long run that you give the exercise your full attention rather than a halfhearted attempt.  Remember – these exercises are for you!

I didn’t find out about START THE YEAR OFF WRITE until after the challenge had already started.  Can I do the exercises to catch up?

Yes.  Just do the exercises FULLY.  Give the author the credit they deserve for sharing these gems of knowledge with you and give the exercise your all.  Your writing will thank you.

Why don’t you want to see our work to prove that we completed the exercise?

It’s simple.  I trust you.