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 son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

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I am so grateful that this site has inspired me to write every single day. I’m on a 450 day streak and I’m very proud of that. Every once in a while, I get an inspiration from writing here. It’s all good.

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Sun, Dec 01
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Thank you for 750 Words! I have been here since June 2012 but have done very little. A friend encouraged me to sign up for NaNoWriMo and so I did and failed miserably – managed to post 528 words before freaking out and running around screaming, aagh, aagh, I can’t do this!! Then I took a deep breath and even though I had not written on 750 words for quite some time Buster was still kind enough to send me an occasional nudge via e-mail. So, what the heck I decided to give 750 words a whirl, again. Even patronned-up! Now I am on a streak and psyched for the December challenge. I am learning so much about what works for me as a “writer” and hope that next year I will take up the NaNoWriMo challenge and succeed. If I do it will because of 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 01
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Love this site, so glad I found it, this is where I do my morning pages.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 01
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Love this site!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Turrell on Sat, Nov 30
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Get off your hand asses (those are the heels of your palm), and type something loquacious!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Eric Nentrup on Sat, Nov 30
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Help me use 750words.com in the classroom. FYI…just ask me to help. Help me, help you. Help me, help you!

New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Sat, Nov 30
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What can I say? I’m less than 24 hours into my completion of my first ever attempt at writing a novel, thanks to NaNoWriMo.org, but after hearing all the sob stories from those who came up shy or—tragically—got halfway into the 50K word challenge and bonked.

It was a dedicated effort, I kid you not, but winning was WAY within reason for me, and I have figured out why.

Kellianne and Buster have given me wings. You two are my RedBull. Sure, I can give a few cups of patronage to the brilliant Julia Cameron, but what’s she done for me lately? The honor, gratitude, and full respect for my 50K piece of shit first draft of a first novel goes to you two, The Bensons.

In all seriousness, I am convinced that it is the discipline accomplishable best for me on YOUR site that has made achieving this feat a possibility. You’ve given me FLOW. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would raise a glass to you as would I.

Thank you for this gift and I hope to use it for good. Whether in the day job as a passionate English teacher, hoping to create a writing life for some of Indianapolis’s most under-served kids, or in the evening, chunking out swill that some damn publisher might want to put into circulation, your work has made my work…well….WORK.

Thanks for making me WORK!

Eric

Testimonial Note from Eric Nentrup on Sat, Nov 30
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What can I say? I’m less than 24 hours into my completion of my first ever attempt at writing a novel, thanks to NaNoWriMo.org, but after hearing all the sob stories from those who came up shy or—tragically—got halfway into the 50K word challenge and bonked.

It was a dedicated effort, I kid you not, but winning was WAY within reason for me, and I have figured out why.

Kellianne and Buster have given me wings. You two are my RedBull. Sure, I can give a few cups of patronage to the brilliant Julia Cameron, but what’s she done for me lately? The honor, gratitude, and full respect for my 50K piece of shit first draft of a first novel goes to you two, The Bensons.

In all seriousness, I am convinced that it is the discipline accomplishable best for me on YOUR site that has made achieving this feat a possibility. You’ve given me FLOW. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would raise a glass to you as would I.

Thank you for this gift and I hope to use it for good. Whether in the day job as a passionate English teacher, hoping to create a writing life for some of Indianapolis’s most under-served kids, or in the evening, chunking out swill that some damn publisher might want to put into circulation, your work has made my work…well….WORK.

Thanks for making me WORK!

Eric

Testimonial Note from Eric Nentrup on Sat, Nov 30
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I have written for 55 days here since I started. Today, I completed the November challenge. More significantly, I also wrote a novel this month. I reached 50,000 words in three weeks. I had heard of NaNoWriMo before I found this site, but like many others my response was “Pshaw! Me? Write a novel in thirty days?” And yet I have. As I wrote the climax of my novel, I bawled right along with my characters at the tragedy that transpired. I have over sixty thousand words to print out today before I head to the final write-in for NaNo so that I can start the editing process on my manuscript. Wow! I’m a writer. And I really feel like one now, too. It all started here. This daily habit — whether I wrote nonsense, or a post for my blog, or an excerpt from my novel — this habit is what got me on the write track. No matter how you spell it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Testimonial Note from Tracy Cassidy on Sat, Nov 30
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I originally wanted to use 750words to help write my book, but now I’m just writing about any and everything. I use writing prompts from difference websites and let my mind melt onto the keyboard, and before I know it I have 750 words! Being able to see the “meta-conscious” of my writing is fun, and something I always look forward to viewing after the day is over. :) My goal is to continue using 750words every day so that next year I can finally win NaNoWriMo!

Testimonial Note from Jason McConnell on Sat, Nov 30
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Eleven PM every night is mine to indulge myself in seven hundred and fifty words at the keyboard. This year an hour, next year a book.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sharon Campbell on Sat, Nov 30
5 cups

Go get ’em!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lizard on Fri, Nov 29
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A better mobile site

Some of the features in the menus are difficult to get to on mobile devices. Not sure how to help specifically but I’ve got one device I can’t sue the site on. It’s getting old so it will be obsolete soon. However, on my Android tablet I sometimes have trouble with the menus.

New Feature Vote from Lizard on Fri, Nov 29
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Today I became a phoenix and it seemed an appropriate time to mention how much I love 750words. When I first started out it felt like a lot of drudge-work for no real benefit, but even just after only 100 days, I’m amazed at how much my writing, my general productivity, and my emotional wellbeing have improved just from this one habit. I can’t wait every day to write something new and get that much closer to a new badge!

Testimonial Note from Cassandra H on Fri, Nov 29
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I thought I’d give something up to the brave writers who excel in the 750 word count department. Myself, I mostly write 33 words or 100 words and on occasion 333 words. Check out the prompt groups I write with… The Trifecta Writing Challenge, Friday Fictioneers and The Speakeasy… good places to write.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ted Strutz on Fri, Nov 29
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I really hate writing this note, but…
last week I was trying to write my 750 words on my ipad, but for whatever reason the words were not being saved. I asked for help, never got an answer. My streak was broken and I still can’t save my words on my Ipad. Is there anyone out there????

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Thu, Nov 28
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Thank you for this site; It has helped me be more disciplined and self-indulgent, both at the same time. I am so in love with my streak. Thanks so much.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Thu, Nov 28
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Congratulations! You have fought well. :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Mona Midnight on Wed, Nov 27
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Two poems that were based on my free associations on this site were accepted by The Massachusetts Review.
Free writing on 750words is my main resource for generating new ideas.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Nov 27
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I have been typing everyday since I first found this site. Some days I wrote about my day, other days had fantasy stories that I have conjured up or dishonest typing due to a busy school life. Earlier this month, I have taken a huge leap and decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. So far I’m 38000 words strong into it, and I’m still going. I’d like to thank Buster and Kelliane for making this site an amazing and comfortable place to type away. In about 2-3 months, I’ll be earning my Pegasus badge, meaning I’ve been on a streak for 365 days. Here is two cups of bounty, and good luck to everyone else participating in NaNoWriMo!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Andi Lim on Sun, Nov 24
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I’ve been using 750 words for almost a year now and right now I’m using it as an aid for this year’s NaNoWriMo. It’s actually working great for me, it’s encouraging me to sit down and get all of my words out in one big chunk and doing it on 750 words really shuts that inner editor out cold. I credit this side for not only the creation but also the continued development of my NaNo novel of 2013.

Testimonial Note from Cecilia Matz on Sat, Nov 23
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I’ve been doing 750 Words for over 200 days in a row now (over 400 all total, but I had some breaks). I’ve found during November, and NaNoWriMo, it is a WONDERFUL place to brainstorm for my novel. After I’m through for the day, I brainstorm for the next day. What needs to happen in my writing tomorrow (and in the future)? How can I improve what I’ve written? Many times, as I’ve brainstormed, I’ve “discovered” things that need to go in my novel, to improve it and make it stronger and more interesting. Just getting into the habit of writing about my writing has made everything work so much better! Thanks, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Julia H. West on Sat, Nov 23
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It’s been a while since I have been here. Now that I am back, I hope to write more of my thoughts. Alot of things are on my mind lately and this would be a good platform.

Testimonial Note from Debbie Tan on Fri, Nov 22
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It’s a great feeling to be able to just write what you are feeling without judgement and even write novels if you want. I’m still trying to pull that creativity out of me, it’s coming!

Testimonial Note from Brandy S on Thu, Nov 21
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More text analysis

Super interesting aspect to 750words.com, one that makes it different to others. So keep improving this!

New Feature Vote from Paul C on Thu, Nov 21
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I enjoy getting my thoughts written down. It’s makes it easier to process them! When I miss a day, because of being busy of just forget, I notice that during the day I’m a bit chaotic.

Testimonial Note from Louisette on Thu, Nov 21
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More badges for accomplishments

I was thinking of having a “24/7 badge” (or maybe a hospital badge or giraffe badge[they only sleep 2 hrs a day]) for if you’ve finished your 500 words at least once during every hour of the day (ie: 1 time between 5 and 6pm, 1 time between 6 and 7pm, and so on around the clock).

New Feature Vote from Gahl Liberzon on Tue, Nov 19
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1 million words. Wish there was a badge for that!

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Tue, Nov 19
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Keep 750 easy. WRITE BADLY.
Do 750 words in 15 or 20 minutes or less.
Do not over think it.
You will be surprised, sometimes, that some really good writing will find you.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Marc Tretin on Tue, Nov 19
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Distraction Countdown Timer

I’m not sure how this would be implemented, but it would be nice if there was some kind of timer that indicated how long I’ve been inactive before it counts as a distraction.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 18