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30/30 Writing Challenge FAQ

question markWhat if I miss a day of writing?
A writing practice is just that: a practice. We hope that in doing 30/30 you’ll find support and encouragement to write, as well as an extra dose of accountability to put pen to paper. If you miss a day, try to make it up. Or, be creative and try fifteen minutes one day and forty-five minutes the next. As usual, you’ll probably be your toughest critic. We love you for doing your best.

What if I don’t raise $200?
We bet you’re a better fundraiser than you give yourself credit for. But don’t worry if you come shy of the mark.

How many supporters do I need to find?
That’s up to you, including how you go about finding them. Invite a friend to coffee, make 30/30 an agenda item at your next staff meeting, email the link to your profile page to your entire address book, and blast your participation on Facebook. Whatever your style, you can make 30/30 work for you. Skywriting, anyone?

How do I form a team?
After you register, you can select to join or create a team. If you’ve already registered, log in to your account, go to “Your Fundraising Page” and add or change a team.

Why should I write every day?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle. Truth be told, we’re of a mixed mind when it comes to the notion of writing every day: Every day forever? Every day for a few months, followed by more fallow days? What we do know is that even the thought of committing to writing every day for 30 days gives some of us heart palpitations, there must be something worthwhile in facing down that fear. Here are some musings on the subject that we find encouraging:

Zadie Smith: “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.”

EB White: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

Haruki Murakami: “I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.”

How will my donation support Hugo House?
Hugo House is a place for writers and readers who share a love and appreciation for well-written words. We bring nationally acclaimed writers to Seattle, feature notable writers from the Pacific Northwest, and program more than 200 classes a year for writers of all levels. We have a rigorous youth program for teen writers that includes two summer camps, a youth leadership board, and a mentorship program that matches a teen writer with a professional writing mentor. We also foster emerging writers in our Made at Hugo House program. Your donation will go to support these programs—and much more.

Are participant writings going to be available to read?
No, posting your writing is not a requirement. You can use your profile page to let people know how you’re doing with the challenge—or you can email your contributors updates—but there’ll be no required sharing.