Hi everyone, this is Kahara. Pandora and I read and talked about all of your posts. Here's what we have concluded: 1) We're strongly recommending that anyone who has posts that were already written up beforehand use them as an extra, rather than as entries that count towards the competition. However, since that needed clarification, we're also going to save making exact definitions on pre-written posts for the 2018 challenge. 2) We're going to make it clearer in this year's rules that planning a diary is allowed before January 1st, since that was the intention in the first place and everyone has been in favor of it. 3) Though we don't want to make it impossible to do a three-POV diary, we're going to stick with the idea that each POV character has an independent update schedule. So each character needs to make at least one post per month, within the variation allowed by the rules. (See below.) It is worth noting that you are allowed to miss a post 3 times in the year (as long as you make it up later), so there is some flexibility. You could vary the makeup of the POV's a little bit some months, but it may be complicated to track who's up to date -- it's really up to you, though. We'd like to thank Ewok Poet and Raissa Baiard for bringing their questions here. We also want to thank jcgoble3, Chyntuck (the pre-written entries as extras idea came from her), Lady_Misty, and Briannakin for providing their perspectives. Your insight was very helpful in this! ------ Raissa Baiard made a request for advice on writing a DDC story from anyone who has participated in the past. Please come and share your tips, everyone who's done a challenge diary before!