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

1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Emily Record on Tue, Oct 29
5 cups

Got my Pegasus today and it feels like a tremendous accomplishment. My goal is to transfer the discipline of making sure that I schedule time for this each day to other aspects of my life. I think ahead to where I am going to fit it in. I think throughout the day about whether I have done it yet. I make time to do it ahead of other things that may distract me. And I want to move towards getting it done in the morning so it does not hang over my head as I work on other things. It seemed like a really long time between 200 days and 365, and it is a shorter distance between 365 to 500, so on to the Space Bird!!!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Sterling on Mon, Oct 28
2 cups

A big thanks to Buster and crew for putting and keeping this all together. 750 Words has helped me as a songwriter. I find that when I write more (journal) I write more in terms of song lyrics and ideas for songs. Multiple times I have copied song ideas and lyrics back out of 750 Words and watched them grow from song seeds to full on songs. The seeds are often under layers of other stuff and 750 Words has helped to uncover them and to keep them from getting lost completely. To all the writers out there, keep going!

Testimonial Note from Jay Stroud on Sun, Oct 27
1 cup

Today I returned to 750 words from a short hiatus. I am very excited to use this opportunity to begin drafting for my new book!

Testimonial Note from Kacy McGill on Sun, Oct 27
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Rebecca Hodge on Sat, Oct 26
1 cup

I was a litte surprised at myself for becoming a member when my free trial ended. I wasn’t planning to since this can be done on a word document or even the old fashioned way with a notebook and a pen. But if that’s the case, how come this is the first time I have actually kept up on my writing and feel guilt when I miss a day? I’ve known about doing morning papers and the benefits for years and have attempted it since I was in high school, but this has been the first time I’ve ever really been successful. Maybe it’s the way it’s monitored, maybe it’s seeing my writing streak up top with exclamation points, my own cheerleader. Whatever it is, it’s working. So I’m a member now and I made the right choice.

Testimonial Note from Arianna on Sat, Oct 26
10 cups
A one million word badge?

Hurrah, just reaching 1,000,000 words! :-) An excellent feeling and a great reminder of Virginia Woolf’s belief that writing a bit each day (she couldn’t write for more than half an hour) builds up to a surprising amount over time. Thanks for a great site Buster!

New Feature Request Note from Dr Andrew Whittaker on Fri, Oct 25
1 cup

For three days I stopped writing here thinking," eh, this is just journaling, I should really be more focused on editing my novel,". And then I started again. I guess I needed a rebellious break from streaks and badges and self reflection. It is nice to be back, reborn as an egg.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Thu, Oct 24
1 cup

Since I started writing on 750 words I have written on 208 days. And missed 4… and I can’t tell you enough how much missing those 4 days annoyed me. I wouldn’t have thought that at the start. I just wanted a writing tool to get me to write something, anything every day. Since then this site has become an invaluable part of my daily life. Sure there are days when it seems impossible to get anything down & I try to avoid it; but it has helped my writing immeasurably. I have brainstormed ideas, noted line after line of nonsense & found that kernel of an idea hidden in there. Thank you very much for 750 words, it is a gem.

Testimonial Note from Andy Kelly on Thu, Oct 24
1 cup

I using 750Words for one month. It’s not a long time, but I already see that it helps me a lot to sort out my thoughts about work and studies and to become more free and creative person. Thank you! <3

Testimonial Note from Nadya on Thu, Oct 24
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Oct 24
1 cup
A Mobile Device App

I’ve seen a request for a more streamlined version of the mobile site, but I can’t remember if I’ve seen one for an Android/iPhone/Windows 8 app. as a mobile device user, I think a (probably very lite version!) mobile app would be very useful. I love the website, but it’s not very usable on my phone and causes my tablet to lag once I’m over 500 words. an app, dedicated only to writing and tracking word count for the day would help alleviate that problem.

I’d pay 99¢ for it.

New Feature Request Note from eerian sadow on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup

in 2014 i will challenge myself to writing one sonnet a day and post it somewhere. I would love to post them at 750 words. Would this be inconsiderate or an imporoper use of a cup of patronage. Since i am a free life time member who is also giving generously to this site would this be an arrogant thing to do or a proper use of my cups of patronage

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Hanustiak on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Hanustiak on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup

This site helps me hit my writing deadlines!

Testimonial Note from Jeff Mac on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m a long way off the badges for 500 days and 250 000 words – I’m at 78 days and still under 100 000 words – but I think it would be great to have further badges to work towards for those who achieve those lofty heights. I notice there are some users who, assuming they continue writing, will hit 1000 days in the next year, and presumably they are well beyond 250 000 words.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup

I was a lifelong habitual writer, but over the course of a few rough years I stopped. When life eventually improved, I began to feel the absence of writing. I wanted to start writing again, but it proved incredibly difficult. I felt clumsy with the words, and unable to turn off the voice in my head that kept telling me I was doomed to failure; that whatever modest talent or skill I once had was gone forever. It was a dispiriting struggle, and I contemplated having to one day concede that writing was no longer for me.

Then I saw somebody mention 750 Words on Facebook or Twitter. I signed up, had a quick look around the site, then shut the tab and did something else. A couple of days later I logged back in, read about the badges and stats, and ended up writing my first 750 words. According to the statistics it took me almost nine hours, because I wrote a few hundred words, left the tab open, then returned in the evening to write the rest. I wrote again the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. The going was rough at first – I couldn’t loosen up. On my fifth day I wrote over 1500 words. It had been years since I wrote anything of that length! I continued notching up the days. Sometimes I would write only the 750 words, or slightly over, but a lot of the time I was hitting 1000 and above. On my twenty-third day I wrote over 3000 words. I think that was the moment I became truly hooked.

I have now completed 78 days in a row and I have written around 87 000 words. That would have been inconceivable to me only three months ago. I have collected various badges, including the mighty Turquoise Horse for completing the September challenge. The badges are a lovely touch. Meaningless, in the grand scheme of things, but so pleasing to receive. (I hope you will add more badges for streaks and total word count. I see some users are approaching the 1000 day mark.) I love the statistics. I often write my initial 750 words for the day at great speed, then write more later at a more relaxed pace. I have found writing here has freed me to write whatever pops into my head, without concern for quality or seriousness or anything, really, except for the pure joy and release of getting some words down. In addition, I use the space for sketching thoughts and ideas, and for hashing out drafts of blog posts and stories.

If you are thinking of giving 750 Words a go, I can thoroughly recommend it. The site has been invaluable to me, and I imagine I will continue using it well into the future.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 23
1 cup

This site keeps me going when I don’t feel like writing. It allows me to set a goal and gives me the tools to follow through. It really is a service to all who use it.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Van Horn on Tue, Oct 22
1 cup
Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Wendy on Mon, Oct 21
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Repeat badges, so if you fall of the writer’s trail there’s an incentive to start again.
Writing themed badges, the Shakespeare, the Pepe etc
Surprise badges for random obscure and fun things, e.g. the Hen badge, if you’ve been an egg more than 6 times.

New Feature Vote from Wendy on Mon, Oct 21
1 cup

I wish I was one of those who can say that 750 Words provide a great source of inspiration, and allows the thoughts to flow. But mostly I just write 750 words every day. (It has made a definite difference to my typing skill I should say.)

Although most of what I write is gibberish, and only rarely an idea, let alone a good idea, I do find that it helps me determine what my mood is. Where do my thoughts go while my fingers go on writing my words. Why am I not writing about that? In short, 750 Words has become a tool of mindfulness.

Testimonial Note from Niel Malan on Mon, Oct 21
3 cups

Thanks to 750 Words for giving me the courage to sign up for my first official NaNo! Good luck to all my fellow 750ers who will be attempting 1667 words for NaNoWriMo 2013!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rebecca Rose on Mon, Oct 21
2 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Morgan Chung on Sun, Oct 20
4 cups

I’m at a point where writing every single day is a good enough habit for me that I don’t want to drop it. I’m not going a girl scout about it either. I’ve earned almost every single badge and I’m not earning anymore from here on in. I’ll write because it gets my juices flowing, it makes me feel like my mind and creativity is getting a workout, that it’s a part of me. It’s one of my favourite routines to do now and I’m very thankful to the creator of this site.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Oct 18
4 cups
Patron/member symbols

As proud as I am to be a loving patron to 750words, I do not quite like seeing the word patron in my name. I wonder if instead of a title before their names, patrons and members could be given symbols following their names, just like the blue and green stars for monthly challenge and no distractions?

New Feature Request Note from Nazlı İnal on Thu, Oct 17
1 cup
emotions and mindset

Hey, I’ve noticed that for over a month in the eternity analysis the ‘recent emotions’ under ‘mindset’ don’t have any value, but for my daily analysis, I am consistently ‘feeling.’ So, I don’t think I am so emotionally barren as not to have any feelings over the past month. I think the monthly/eternal regression is not working for recent emotions under mindset (divide by zero error)?

Can this issue be looked into and fixed? It was working before, but hasn’t been working, and when it has, has only been working very rarely recently.

Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Douglas Auclair on Thu, Oct 17
40 cups

I reached my goal, a 1000-day streak, today so I’m giving away most of my Cups to say thank you.
Thank you so very much to 750 words!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Elana Ehlers on Thu, Oct 17
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s always nice to have more achievements to work towards :D It’s an extra layer of motivation to use the site!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 14
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Jonathan Cervantes on Sun, Oct 13