The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Our Good Members

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Notes of inspiration from members

35 cups

Just reached a streak of 3000 days. This site has changed my life. I’ve not published, but consistency with one habit flows into consistency with others. And that’s helpful to be sure. Thanks Buster and Kellianne—and all my fellow writers. This site is incredible!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Tue, Apr 06
1 cup
"Slow Tortoise" badge - for people who take more than 5 hours to finish their 750 words

Since people seem to love and need new badges, i am putting out suggestions in case others like them. This one was suggested by my friend Andy, for writers who take their time and spend the day writing a little here and there, adding up to 750 words. This would be an acknowledgment that sometimes the process is just different. Maybe not 10 days in a row, though?

Please refine in comments if you like – I’m just spitballing here, trying to have fun and encourage people to add ideas for badges instead of putting it all on Kellianne and Buster to think of them.

Cheers!

New Feature Request Note from Peregrine on Tue, Apr 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Today I made a “new feature” request for a specific badge, “Back on the Horse” — for anyone who breaks their streak but gets back to writing and starts a new streak.

I would like to encourage others to think of specific badges that would feel meaningful to earn – to not put all the pressure on Kellianne and Buster to come up with everything.

I’m happy to spend a cup of patronage to vote for new badges, and also to challenge folks to do the same, as well as suggest what might inspire you!

Keep writing!

New Feature Vote from Peregrine on Tue, Apr 06
5 cups
"back on the horse" badge -- for those who break a streak and come back writing/riding

Dear creators and sustainers!

Here’s a suggestion for a new badge, the “Back on the Horse” badge, to honor those of us who are working on a streak and for whatever reason, the streak gets broken, but WE aren’t broken, we come back and write for at least 3 or 10 (or however many you decide makes sense) days in a row AFTER breaking a streak.

Because getting back on the horse is something to celebrate. It can be hard to overcome the feelings that push us back into non-writing. I feel like this badge would mean a lot to me, and possibly to other folks, too.

Thank you so much for this site, and the atmosphere and community you support.

(i’m coming back after breaking my 288 day streak – i am so upset with myself i can hardly stand it, but as i always say in my monthly challenge – “if i miss a day i will forgive myself and keep writing.” and so i will.)

Sending you writers out there an extra boost of encouragement and gratitude. We have all been going through a lot, alone and together.

much love,
Peregrine

New Feature Request Note from Peregrine on Tue, Apr 06
5 cups

I love getting the email at the end of the month for monthly challenge results. Did it not come out for March or did I miss it? I get a crazy amount of satisfaction from knowing I’m in the percentage who “made it” each month.

Testimonial Note from Missy Bedell on Mon, Apr 05
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I have a certain negativity towards writing my 750 words thinking that it is a huge mountain to climb , when in fact i rarely struggle to do it. So i’d like a daily reminder to tell me not to fear the amount of words but to DO IT ANYWAY! thanks

New Feature Vote from Sue Newgas on Sun, Apr 04
1 cup

It’s not that hard. I decided this month that I was really going to go for it — use it as my personal sounding platform where I ask myself questions, speak on to the page what I otherwise would never speak, and spend quality time with myself. I look at it self-love. It’s the time I spend with me, questioning, validating, crying and seeking. All this and in only about 20 to 25 minutes of day. I love it!

Testimonial Note from Alexandra Musser on Sat, Apr 03
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Little badges and such may seem trivial but they really help with the motivation, please add more!

New Feature Vote from Matthew Martin on Fri, Apr 02
10 cups

I’m inspired to write a note today after hitting 400,000 words in my 750words journey today. I started here in June 2019, and some months I’ve written every day and other months have been spotty, but I’ve just come to see how the Morning-type Pages I often write here are so helpful to my mental health and creativity. I used to try doing it in a notebook but it never quite worked for me. I’m so grateful for this place, for the creators, for all the people writing here. Now I can’t wait to hit the 500k mark!

Testimonial Note from Theresa Alberti on Fri, Apr 02
10 cups

750words.com is probably the best, cheapest kind of therapy I could possibly have. It’s a vital brain dump that helps me organize, explore, connect, capture and dissipate the buzzing in my head. The other morning I realized that, due to a change in my routine, I had forgotten to complete my 750 words for the day. I only had about 200 more words to go, but I had completely forgotten. I was incredibly sad and disappointed because of the lost moments, the missed opportunities to both quiet and tune into the buzzing between my ears. I’m happy to donate here as my “consequence,” but I really don’t want to miss another day!

Testimonial Note from Lisa Chan on Thu, Apr 01
20 cups
more badge and stickers please

I wrote this once… with one cup.. but wanted to really get your attention… so here is pass number 2 with 20 more. Every time I hit a milestone and nail down one of those beauties it’s like a pure shot of happy to my cranky soul. In the past bunch of months, I have felt blistered, splintered and torn after a year + finding my way in our new reality. On my honor, and with 20 cups of proof, those stickers and badges make a difference… more of them please. Lots more. Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from girlchocolatier on Thu, Apr 01
1 cup
Stickers and Badges: MORE PLEASE

I am not gonna lie: I love them! In these complicated times the hit of dopamine a new sticker or badge gives me is absolutely magical… sheer joy. They juice me up, and that’s not nothing during COVID. Thanks for considering!

New Feature Request Note from girlchocolatier on Thu, Apr 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rachel R. Carroll on Thu, Apr 01
6 cups

I can’t quite believe it but this time last year I sat down and started my first novel.

I had been writing 300 words or so a day, but found this site and decided to pick up the pace. After a week or so it was going surprisingly well, so I did the math and realised I could feasibly attempt Nanowrimo, so I went ahead and did that… then kept going sometime into early May, before lockdown eased in the country I was living in at the time.

In 6 weeks the first draft was done. A lifelong dream completed. I honestly don’t think I could have done it without this site. I actually didn’t realise it was exactly 366 days ago that I started writing on this website but that’s what it says on the homepage! And so I find myself here again, working from a finished second draft this time (!) but needing an injection of fresh ideas to do the story justice.

Bring on another month of writing!!!

Testimonial Note from happy poop on Wed, Mar 31
1 cup
Spell and Feature Check

It would help us check our spellings and Grammar automatically as we write in 750 words

New Feature Request Note from Anthony David M on Sun, Mar 28
1 cup

750 words has made me develop a good habit of writing regularly. It has helped me fine tune my writing and become more organized. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anthony David M on Sun, Mar 28
1 cup

I found this site through the WriteWay app. It was actually a program I received for Christmas one year from my eldest son. I had a recent experience that made me evaluate the choices I’ve made in my life. I’ve wanted to write since I was twelve years old, and have actually done quite a bit of it, but haven’t done anything with it. Life—life happened.

I have three living siblings and one parent. My mom (83) has dementia and COPD; she cared for my special needs brother who is 64 until about four years ago. After a policeman told me someone needed to take control of their situation I stepped up and encouraged my mom to sell her property and buy something closer to where I work. She did, and I moved in and started supervising. Then she fell, broke two ribs and got a concussion. Two weeks later she fell and broke her hip. Just days after she got home my brother went into the hospital. And this is how life has been for the last four years, up and down, back and forth, with mom struggling with mental illness on top of all that. Since then I’ve gone from supervising their household to managing every aspect of their lives.

Recently one of my siblings bragged about having four books in the works thanks to the pandemic, and it felt like she was rubbing it in my face. I probably could have taken it okay except neither she nor my other sister will so much as call my mother or brother. I have been doing this all by myself while working a full-time job as a mental health therapist and answering the crisis line one week a month. I was angry.

A few days after the dialog that got me upset I evaluated my situation and decided to make a change. After all, if one is going to write it often requires a carving out of time from someplace else. So, that’s what I’m doing. During the pandemic I spent almost every weekday at the office while my co-workers were mostly working from home. The past three weeks I’ve been working remotely (just a temporary situation that’s about to end). But, it’s been just long enough to get me in the groove of writing here each morning.

I’m not one to journal, but over the last three weeks that’s what I’ve been doing. I had a client participate in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages a few years ago. As a result he actually finished a screen play he had been working on for a quarter century. So, I’m not a stranger to the concept of Morning Pages, it just wasn’t for me at that time. But, now it is.

I have been more at peace since I can empty my mind (and heart) of all the things that weigh me down. This practice of writing each morning helps me to gain a focus for each day. It has helped to take the sting out of this solitary journey I’m on. It has brought me closer to God.

The muse is alert—creative potential percolating in the far recesses of my mind where the cobwebs are getting swept away. I see them flutter in a ghostly breath, the awakening of inspiration after a long slumber. The benighted grotto responding as kindling does to spark leaping from flint and steal. Shadows dance along the damp stone walls. Soon, I will make my escape out of the darkness and into the light where creative thought procreates with a blank page, bearing the life giving work of creation.

Testimonial Note from Rocky Bellew on Sun, Mar 28
3 cups

Whilst I’ve not written every day during lockdown, 750 words has really helped me to stay sane in an age where everything appears to be the exact opposite! It’s kept me from depression and calmed my anxiety.

Testimonial Note from Rayven Dawn Copus on Thu, Mar 25
12 cups

I want to say this: that for 12 months of lockdown, 750 words has been my reliable companion, my trustworthy confidante: my journal, my outlet for venting, my window on to a world of the mind where I can still fly. Today is my 365-day streak and the first day of my second year in lockdown. I have read, written, thought, panicked, shared, written, campaigned, been brave, been afraid, been resolute, been terrified: but all the while writing my words, each day, every day.

I hope to meet you again next year with a two-year streak, but out of lockdown at last. Thank you, 750words.

Testimonial Note from Yonmei onIJ on Tue, Mar 23
1 cup

Never would I have thought I could stick to a writing schedule so consistently for over a year, but thanks to this site I’ll soon be up to 500 days in a row.

Testimonial Note from Tillery Johnson on Tue, Mar 23
1 cup

It really is like dusting off my brain! I like waking up with typing. Its wakes up my brain and I’m going through the motions of “working/being productive” while doing something I enjoy. I’ve really come to use it to decide what I am going to do next. Having a daily confrontation about where I am in my progress is wonderful.

Testimonial Note from Dahlia Ramsay on Sat, Mar 20
20 cups

365 days in a row. Thanks for creating the tools and community to make this possible.

Testimonial Note from Dennis Woodruff on Fri, Mar 19
1 cup

It helps me keep doing this on a daily basis. To keep doing this everyday. And prove to myself that I’m a professional with no days off.

Testimonial Note from Paul R Smith on Thu, Mar 18
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I wonder how might we contribute to 750 words on the go…

Frequently, I need to take a break, meditate, nourish my body thru the day. However, I don’t always have the thought or inclination to utilize 750 Words. I wonder how might we prompt Users such that they can contribute to their daily writings on the go? For example, perhaps there is a way to submit Themes or Notes to be reminded of and write about in-full later.

New Feature Vote from DeKoven Ashley on Thu, Mar 18
1 cup

Besides practicing yoga and meditating, this one simple habit has seriously changed the way I experience my emotions and voice my truth. Because of this awesome site and habit, I also started writing emails to my subscribers once a week and fell in love with writing again. I am so grateful you created this site! Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me to WRITE every single day!

Testimonial Note from Kelsey Beth Paul on Thu, Mar 11
3 cups
Improve the monthly stats page

I have been writing on here for at least a decade (?) and my metadata page is super messy from all of the accidental caps plus colons I have written. (I do a lot of outlining on 750.) I would REALLY like to be able to edit my metadata words and get rid of the flubs! Thanks!

New Feature Vote from KAdams on Wed, Mar 10
1 cup

750 Words as had an undeniably good affect on my writing habit. I am devoted to it. I find that I can work out ideas, or even vent about personal issues, on the pages. Words flow through my brain too fast for me to effectively get them down with pen and paper. It’s not that I don’t journal in that manner, but I love that I can type like a maniac to get stuff out on the page, it’s exceedingly helpful. Inspiration does come from the free flow character of the website. I recently had a poem accepted into an anthology. I credit this website with keeping me inspired and willing to write! Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Pamela J. Peery on Mon, Mar 08
1 cup

I used 750 words a couple of years ago and it was such a fantastic way to begin getting words to paper, when I felt stuck. As a copywriter this has been an amazing tool. I came back as a paid member when I remembered the difference writing 750 words has made for me. Thank You!

Testimonial Note from Renee Booth on Sun, Mar 07
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I use my phone to log onto the website when I travel, but I am sure a well thought out app would streamline the application.
Thanks

New Feature Vote from Sam Nezzer on Fri, Mar 05
5 cups

I have been a part of this since 2011 (10 years) and completed wonderful streaks and slipped, learning that everything is relative. The log of my stream of consciousness over the years is amazing self-care, as is the compassion for “screwing” up a streak and then achieving them all over again. What an amazing gift you’ve created here. Stay safe and be well.

Testimonial Note from Sam Nezzer on Fri, Mar 05