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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Did you know that if you have the available data on your phone you can use it to enter your 750 words and that way you won’t break your streak? That’s what I did in the month of June so that I could be Awesome! and meet the challenge. My husband wanted to go down to the beach for a night walk (and who could refuse that) but that’s when I remembered I hadn’t written my words yet. So I jumped in the car and got out my phone and went online and wrote my words. And now I am Awesome! You can do it too so you don’t break your streak.

Testimonial Note from Sameerah El-Amin on Mon, Jul 15
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Had a streak of 166 days, but a couple of days ago I got so busy that I didn’t get to do my entry and killed my streak. ): So now I’m starting fresh and hoping to write something good again (even though I have to finish editing the story I wrote).

Testimonial Note from Amber Lynne on Sun, Jul 14
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Hello Writers!
As a former English professor and a current psychotherapist, I know the power of journaling and freewriting, so I just wanted to say – keep writing everybody! (See James Pennebaker research.)

I’m glad I found this site. There’s something to be said for writing long-hand, which I try to do as much as possible. Yet the ease of keeping this online journal has moved me from writing every 2-3 days, to writing almost every day. Thanks so much 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Katelynn on Sun, Jul 14
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Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Leah L on Sat, Jul 13
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More badges for accomplishments

More badges for intervals and maybe also some more for things like speed/words in certain time frames like per month or fortnight etc.

New Feature Vote from Leah L on Sat, Jul 13
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This month I got serious about my 750 words. I am a flamingo now, and I will zoom through to earning all the other badges too.

Using this site on both my computer and my iPhone has brought me so many blessings already. Poetry happened, ideas for stories and other awesome things. Also a lot of blah wrote itself out on paper and then freed my mind for more art and more writing. I am so grateful for this website, I can see myself finish my first monthly challenge in a couple of weeks. Many more will follow, I know that already, as it truly is essential for my art.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 13
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“I know that I know nothing” except, perhaps, that this site is a valuable tool for me. I am so grateful that it is here. I usually write late, often during the last hour of the day, but I get the job done. To gratitude and love and commitment and knowing nothing.

Testimonial Note from Jolie Curry on Fri, Jul 12
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Maria Gardner on Fri, Jul 12
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Curses! Foiled again!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Charles J on Fri, Jul 12
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I am so, so grateful for the reminder emails that Buster has programmed into this site. Usually I write my words somewhat after midnight so I’m sure I get them in for the day. And I love the dewy red rose I get each morning saying that I’ve done my words.

Night before last I was up all night with a project after entering my words, so all was fine. But last night, due to the lack of sleep the night before, I fell asleep and forgot to do my words. Today, being a bit disoriented, I looked in my email for my red rose and was dismayed to find a reminder email. Praise the Lord (and Buster), that triggered the realization that I had not yet done my words for today! So here I am finishing them now. That email saved my 172 day streak! Thank you so much, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Wed, Jul 10
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I am a poet, or at least i try to be. Well, a poem that was derived from ideas created on this web site, was accepted by The Massachusetts Review. Writing seven hundred fifty words is what i do before breakfast and it what i do everyday. Some days i just sneak it in after breakfasta and some days it is not before noon that i do it but it is done.
God Bless you Buster and Kelliann

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Jul 10
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An iPhone/iPad app

Please!!

New Feature Vote from Kate Cavalcante on Tue, Jul 09
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More badges!!

I would love to see more badges and possibly a counter to see how long it will take for you to earn a certain badge.

New Feature Request Note from Kate Cavalcante on Tue, Jul 09
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Redaly on Mon, Jul 08
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This site is great for journaling. The badges help keep you motivated and you can really see your writing improve in a short time. I did over 100,000 words in three months, which is amazing to me. Thank you, 750.

Testimonial Note from [][] on Sun, Jul 07
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monthly stats for completed months

Thank you so much for 750 words! Now that I’m actually doing it (for almost 2 months now), I definitely feel less stress as I head off to work each morning. I wasn’t expecting that. I started writing to get over writer’s block that was putting me behind at work (I’m a grant writer.), but I’ve discovered many more personal benefits. I used to write in a journal before bed years ago. But I like morning pages better and love the stats. On days when I don’t want to get up or I’m running late, knowing that I need to write before I leave the house gives me that little push to get going.

I would love to see monthly stats (in addition to daily stats) for completed months. It would give a better view of overall progress for typing speed, time to completion, average number of words over the long term.

Thanx!
bohemiangirl

New Feature Request Note from bohemiangirl on Sun, Jul 07
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Secure server for writing

I work for Silent Circle….

New Feature Vote from Susan Alderson on Sun, Jul 07
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Even though I’m having a bit of writer’s block at the moment, I still use 750 Words every day. I’m even going for the NaNoWriMo Badge! I’m so proud of myself every time I complete my daily goal. Thank you Buster, for giving me something I can be proud of every day!

Testimonial Note from Claire Richie on Sat, Jul 06
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More text analysis

I write in spanish. Is there any way to use a automatic translator? Also to filter some connector words from the frequency cloud, given they add no info. Maybe a phrases frequency cloud.

New Feature Vote from damian on Sat, Jul 06
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This site has really helped me stay consistent with my writing, something I have been struggling with for years.
Thank you for creating this site

Testimonial Note from Stena on Sat, Jul 06
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Good luck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sammikins Wolfling on Fri, Jul 05
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I wouldn’t be able to do this if this website wasn’t here. I need prizes and points, or I lose the will. This website is great!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 05
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More badges for accomplishments

i think my inner girl scout is coming out that wants to earn more badges. i LOVE them! i vote for lots more fun badges! thanks for an awesome site. it really helps.

New Feature Vote from ellie jacques-capon on Fri, Jul 05
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from maisie higgins on Thu, Jul 04
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alec on Thu, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments

I’ve now got every single badge except for one (writing early in the morning I believe… I don’t /do/ mornings). I’d love there to be more badges for the longer writing streaks, like 750 days ;) or 1000 days. Or amounts written in one go badges :D

New Feature Vote from Lauren Walters on Wed, Jul 03
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More badges for accomplishments

More badges!!!! I love badges! They motivate me to write and to be more regular about my habits. I love 750!!!

New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Wed, Jul 03
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Write away, challengers! Congrats on an entire month of break-free writing!!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Bergen Dox on Wed, Jul 03
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More badges for accomplishments

Who doesn’t love badges? I’ve almost run out of badges except for the long continuous writing streaks and sometimes wish I could erase all the behavior badges and start over. There are a couple of badges that I’ll never get: the cheeta, I take too much time doing the composing, and the Night Bat—that would so disrupt my schedule that I lose the benefit of routine that 750 gives me.

I’m getting used to doing the Words just for the satisfaction and inner rewards and I think that is one of the real goals. But working for a badge is so rewarding when one is in the doldrums.
New Feature Vote from Lujoye Barnes on Wed, Jul 03
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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
– Benjamin Franklin

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lisa Rae on Wed, Jul 03