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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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It would be nice to be able to write on my tablet offline, and then upload it later in the day when I have a wifi connection. I know I could probably do this with a word document, but I’d love to be able to do it within a 750 words app on my tablet. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Cb Rádio on Fri, Jan 03
3 cups

I read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way as well as The Artist’s Way at Work, and it changed the way I think and see creativity altogether. At the heart and soul of her work are the Morning Pages, 3 hand-written pages of stream of consciousness, and it is of course what inspired this amazing space we have here, 750words. com. This has become a very special place to me, even though now I write for a living, books, blogs, newsletters, articles, I write with another level of freedom and boldness on my 750 Words. I also recommend it to friends and clients who have taken the challenge with me, and I am a huge big fan of 750words.com. This will change your life if you write your words daily. You may not see the progress right away, but it is happening beneath the surface. Writing is therapeutic, powerful and healing. Do your writing. Use 750words.com and support our friends who bring us this space.
A proud patron,
Farnoosh Brock
www.prolificliving.com

Testimonial Note from Farnoosh Brock on Fri, Jan 03
1 cup

I left my career as a broadcast journalist years ago and found that I developed a writer’s block in the process of leaving that career. 750 Words has loosened that up because I force myself to write every day. Plus, 750 Words came to my attention during a period of multiple losses, such is the time when many of my close relatives are aged. I’m sure having the opportunity to write my private thoughts in my 750 Words’ account has saved me lots of money that could have been spent on therapy – and it has been its own effective therapy, anyway! Thank you for this site!

Testimonial Note from Patricia Whitley on Fri, Jan 03
1 cup

Helps me a lot in getting me to clear my mind and set things straight. Very very therapeutic in that way almost like a massage or meditation. So good.

Testimonial Note from Erich Domingo on Thu, Jan 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

As it is, I do most of my 750-Wording on the go, usually on my iPad. Unfortunately the interaction between the mobile site that exists now and Safari, is that if I have to navigate away from the tab or app for any reason – even to dismiss a text message, I am logged out have have to reenter my email and password. A dedicated app would solve this problem entirely!!

New Feature Vote from Caroline Sharp on Thu, Jan 02
1 cup

I first started using 750 words to improve my writing skills but it has become more than that. It has allowed me to delve deep into my own mind and find myself. Thoughts and feelings you bury deep into your sub-conscience reveal themselves when you’re sat opposite a blank screen and trying to fill it with 750 words. I cannot recommend this site enough. Thank you 750words.com

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 02
1 cup
Where is my next badge?

On 600 days now. BTW, thanks for this excellent service.

New Feature Request Note from Nepali Ninja on Thu, Jan 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Seriously please more badges I’m dying

New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

BADGES

New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Wed, Jan 01
3 cups

Completed two years of writing and I cannot begin to explain how this has helped me sort things out, work through issues, and become a stronger, happier person. Thanks, Buster and Kellianne, for keeping this site going!

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Maybe random badges that you don’t know you can earn. Something silly like using a certain literary device in a session or saying the same word x number of times.

New Feature Vote from Emily Record on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup

Writing every day has been one of my favorite activities of 2013, and I’m hoping to continue the habit in 2014. Cheers to a new year!

Testimonial Note from Ryan Namba on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup

Thank you very much for 750 words! I’ve been writing using the site off and on periodically for a few years and have recently surpassed 100,000 words (for whatever that is worth).

I have used this site in a variety of ways.

• It has functioned for me as a way to journal and dump a lot of material from my mind which is clogging me up emotionally.

• I’ve used it to explore private thoughts of an imaginative, fictional nature which I’ve been collecting together with the notion of publishing an ebook.

• I’ve been using it as a way to compose emails when I have something substantive to say. I enjoy getting the feedback from the analysis of my language afterward. While it seems like a small thing, it is a motivator and it gives me something to share with others to let them know (via social media) that I’m indeed writing without revealing its entire contents.

• The deadline of getting the writing done by a certain time (midnight) has definitely been a positive motivator and has caused me to see just how fast I can possibly write. I’ve found that I’ve been able to write 750 words in less than 20 minutes. (Is there a way for me to compare my fastest speed with other people’s speed?)

• I’ve used 750 words to develop and work on my non-fiction writing. I’m working to complete a monograph of a local architect and this has been a good way to help keep me on track.

• The very hardest thing of all for me is GETTING STARTED WRITING. Once I’m writing, there’s almost no end to how far I can go. Usually my fingers and wrist will start to hurt. It makes me pay much greater attention to whether or not my finger nails clipped.

• A possible suggestion: Would it be feasible to allow each user to set their own time for the deadline to complete the writing for the day? Perhaps this would be a feature that would be available for supporting patrons or people who have otherwise earned that feature. Incentives like that might help to encourage more people to support the site.

Testimonial Note from Andrew Raimist on Wed, Jan 01
2 cups

When I was younger I used to write all the time. As I’d gotten older and busier, I’d practically stopped. Now, I’ve written every day since I first found 750 Words. Sometimes I write short stories or character sketches, and sometimes I just write about my day. As for the inspiration part of this note, here goes: The more you write the better you get, so, even though some days may be hard, keep writing. It’s worth it.

Testimonial Note from Regan Mies on Wed, Jan 01
4 cups
More badges!

My resolution for the year is to write everyday, here on 750 Words. I have all the basic badges, but would love some more to shoot for, to help keep me inspired. Even with no new badges, this is the best site ever for keeping me writing every day! Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from Rebecca Rose on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup

750 words has transformed my writing by transforming my writing practice. Eternally grateful.

Testimonial Note from Peter Sands on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
Cancel my previous note about permanent badges!

Yes, I am using another cup to say that I found the very obvious, very simple place to click and see all my badges at once. So never mind my suggestion that you have a place like this! Thanks for a wonderful site.

New Feature Request Note from Juli Parrish on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
Permanent badges in one place

Maybe this already exists, but I would love to be able to see my badges somewhere on the website. Right now, I have a horse of awesomeness, which is great, but I’d love to be able to see my horse and my albatross on my profile. If this already exists, I guess I need to hone my poking-around-the-site skills, but I can’t figure out where to go. Does this make sense? My name and all my earned badges in a location that I can click. Don’t know if it’s possible, but thanks for considering it, and thanks for helping me to develop the habit of writing every day.

New Feature Request Note from Juli Parrish on Wed, Jan 01
3 cups

Okay, this is silly, but when I saw my “horse of awesomeness” I burst into tears (of joy!). I did it – I met the December challenge and I am on a 45 day streak! This is so not me – I don’t “do” goals or challenges…except, I did! I have no idea where writing on 750words.com will take me but I am so grateful that it exists. Thank you. And wonderful, happy wishes for the New Year!!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
Export by day

It would be nice if I could export my daily writings. Right now I can export text by month, but then i have to parse each day out from that file.

What if I could have an option to export each day separately?

New Feature Request Note from Tanja Pislar on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
No membership requirement.

I don’t want to have to pay £5 a month on something I could do on Word, but it’s great to do it on here since you get feedback which it’s a great help to me, which is why I don’t think we need membership and you should let all of us have unlimited writing

New Feature Request Note from Deanna Dawkins on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup

This site has been a great help to get rid of my continuous writers block. It’s been so useful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with any wish to start writing or set a goal in their techniques.

Testimonial Note from Deanna Dawkins on Wed, Jan 01
2 cups

Happy New Year!! I have been writing 100 days in a row as of today! A personal best and great way to being 2014! 2013 was a very difficult year in many, many ways for me and my family. Yet it also changed my life when I had the opportunity to attend the Haven Writing Retreat in Montana. I encourage everyone who has a love of writing – do not stop – find your voice, find your brave and put words to paper. I am SO grateful to 750 Words for helping me commit to myself. The writing community that has encouraged and shared their stories – their triumphs and set backs we ALL learn from one another and are there for one another. I am grateful for that! It does not matter if you are an ‘egg’ or challenging yourself with 50k words in month – don’t stop! The joy is in the writing! Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous (which I have learned does not always mean $$) and joyful New Year in Words!! XO

Testimonial Note from Patricia Young on Wed, Jan 01
1 cup
A better mobile site

Android!!! IPad gets all the love but don’t forget about us!

New Feature Vote from Kristina Desmond on Tue, Dec 31
1 cup
spell check

I’m sure a lot of people have already requested it.

New Feature Request Note from Lauren Hudgins on Tue, Dec 31
4 cups

Committing to write 750 words every day, no matter what, is a great way to build the stick-to-it muscle. Earning a spot of the wall of awesomeness is a genuine thrill that inspires me to try more and do more. I’m so grateful for this site! (And it’s good-looking, too!)

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Tue, Dec 31
3 cups

Twice a week since August, I have used 750 Words to write a chunk of my novel. I know this isn’t what it’s really intended for (and I do use the site for other writing too), but it has been the single biggest factor in making me get my first draft written after years of procrastination! Having a set word target – not too big to appear daunting, but big enough to make a difference to my word count – has been extremely valuable.

Testimonial Note from Caz Bowles on Tue, Dec 31
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’d like new achievements to work towards! I’m working towards a Pegasus but that’s months away…

New Feature Vote from Ivy Paul on Mon, Dec 30
2 cups

250 Words has made an INCREDIBLE change within my life! 1)I am finding it easier and easier to express myself, 2) I am muck quicker at writing, 3) I have an excuse to write poems, and 4) writing helps me to digest the happens of my day and to reflect on yesterday’s happenings. I give this site three thumbs-up our of two possible thumbs.

Testimonial Note from Scout on Mon, Dec 30
1 cup
A better mobile site

I don’t write very well on my phone and I don’t have a tablet, but when traveling these last couple of days I realized that a better mobile site might have made the difference in being able to consistently complete my 750 words while on the road.

New Feature Vote from Leslie T on Mon, Dec 30