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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Here’s to the brave ones who sign up for the September Challenge! Write 30 days, win the Challenge and share in the bounty!

One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Thu, Aug 29
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Trust your dreams,
Trust your heart,
and trust your story.

-Neil Gaiman

Thank you for giving this feeling to me, 750Words! My world just had new colors added.

Testimonial Note from jane goeke on Thu, Aug 29
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Tonight (4.43am) I dedicate my writing to the boy who brought me happiness but who last night we decided to no longer be a couple. 750 words is helping me through this freight train of emotions. I believe it will help me get out the other side of this a stronger person. Thank you for being there.

Testimonial Note from Caroline Findlay on Wed, Aug 28
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I write gibberish and nothingness each day and I’ve never felt better. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 28
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Go writers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 28
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I use this site as a personal meditation in the morning. I try and clear my mind to move on with the day. I have been scared to start writing stories again and I hope that if I keep finding peace through my personal writing, maybe I will be able to write more in the future. It is a slow process, but this site is patient with me.

Testimonial Note from Jason Warzecha on Wed, Aug 28
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Wow! I didn’t realise that I had been away so long! Anyway now I am back and intend to get back into the groove. First day was difficult! See how it goes.

Testimonial Note from Ralpapajan Thurman on Wed, Aug 28
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750 words is helping me get over some deep-seated fears. I was even afraid to write a note of inspiration. I took a week off because I was afraid to face myself – but when I see that blank page, there abounds courage and determination, to let out the creative spirit I once befriended as a child. Thank you. Sure, quotes are cheesy (and lazy), but listen to George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”

Testimonial Note from Kristen Sisaithong on Tue, Aug 27
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Tonight my entry at 750words is dedicated to my mom, who taught me that kindness is always the best choice.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jolie Curry on Mon, Aug 26
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A couple years ago I started writing at 750 Words. I wrote something most every day for a few months then faded away from my daily writing. Just tonight I noticed how much easier it is for me to write than it was when I started at 750 Words. That practice of daily writing finally paid off! So I’m back here again to reestablish the practice of daily writing!

Testimonial Note from Rick Shaw on Sun, Aug 25
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I am in the beginning stages of writing my doctoral dissertation. I needed something that wasn’t out there for all the world to see, but that would motivate me and give me a sense of community with regards to my writing habit. 750 Words provides all of this and more. I look forward to writing, not just every morning when 750 Words sends me my daily writing reminder, but I find myself adding to what I’ve written throughout the day. And when writing gets tough, having the minimal goal of writing 750 words, regardless of how eloquent they are, really helps keep me on track. 750 Words has no doubt saved me from taking years to write my dissertation. Thanks!!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer M Kerner on Sat, Aug 24
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Dissertation Badge!

I was stuck for OVER A YEAR trying to write my dissertation proposal. I just finished it today thanks to 750words! I agree with a lot of the members that we need more badges! Badges have become, what my friends think, my hilarious yet understandable motivation. Please come up with a dissertation completion badge! Perhaps it could be worked into the stats feature, e.g. “DISSERTATION: Complete.” This site may have saved my PhD! Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from Seana Monley Rodriguez on Sat, Aug 24
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Every day I think about my 750 words. Every day I do my 750 words.

Many thanks 750
Love Sophie x

Testimonial Note from Sophie Reya on Sat, Aug 24
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Hello, dear all,

Just a little inspired note of gratitude. You see, I’ve read on this site that there’s a person who’s on her seventh year of writing her doctoral thesis, and then at a business function, I met a woman who’s on her seventh year of writing her doctoral thesis …

She runs marathons, too.

And I met a director who has a book inside her head, but she hasn’t written page one yet, because she hasn’t written an outline of it, although she already knows the beginning and the middle, the ending’s a little fuzzy to her.

It wouldn’t be, eventually, if she just wrote, every day.

A thesis wouldn’t be seven years in the making, if she just wrote, every day. has been a boon to me, and to so many others, because, every day, for 5-10-20 minutes, we sit down, write, and are better for it.

You do something, every single day, you’re better for it. Everybody knows this, and the very, very few who do it are making headway in their lives to places they thought they would never be.

Thank you, Buster, for creating these blank pages, and letting us fill them, with the stories from our lives.

love, geophf

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Fri, Aug 23
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Hanustiak on Thu, Aug 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Jean-Michel Beaudry on Tue, Aug 20
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Searchability, titling and index

It would be great if one could give each daily entry a title just like a blog but just for our use, so we can look back and re-read if we feel like it. For example, one of my entries was blogworthy so I copied into my blog. But if I had to find that original piece of writing, I wouldn’t know which date to look for. Then if the entries were indexed by date, with a title, it would be so super easy to find.

Alternatively, or in addition, if we could search by keyword all our writing, that would be amazing too.

New Feature Request Note from Anita Roy on Mon, Aug 19
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Jolie Curry on Mon, Aug 19
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Steven Washington on Mon, Aug 19
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An iPhone/iPad app

Mobile tablets I think are the evolution of writing tools. In my mind, it’s ocher > chisel > paper and ink > pencil/fountain pen > typewriter > computer > TABLET. That is all.

New Feature Vote from Francesca Gaspar on Mon, Aug 19
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Testimonial Note from Amber Lynne on Sun, Aug 18
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This site is good for the writing morale: it’s the best online writing motivator that I’ve found yet. Due to Real Life stuff, I missed a day, but there’s plenty on here to help me get back on track and more importantly, to stay there!

Testimonial Note from ReneeM on Sat, Aug 17
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Suz Rice on Sat, Aug 17
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I have used 750 Words off and on since 2010. This year, it has meant the most to me, though. I write in the evenings after stressful days and the writing soothes me every time. I am a caregiver for two family members with cancer and I don’t know what the future will bring. I am isolating myself because friends don’t seem to understand or care. They are prone to say insensitive things. Writing every evening is my way of purging my soul of the impurities of the day, of the hurt, of the harshness of life. I’ve written over 100,000 words and I still have something to say every night. That must mean something. Maybe I was meant to do this and maybe one day, after I overcome the obstacles that life continues to throw in front of me, I will publish a book. I would really like to do that.

Testimonial Note from Jolie Curry on Wed, Aug 14
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NaNo Wrimo counter for November.

I don’t know if you have this already, but an option for people to sign up to doing 1666 for the month of November and setting the counter for 1666 as opposed to the usual 750 words a month which could still be the default setting as usual even through November too as usual. People could do their Nano writing in this space if they want to.

New Feature Request Note from Sophie Reya on Wed, Aug 14
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I came across 750 words by accident. I was looking for something to inspire me and give me the motivational push I desperately needed to get on with my writing. I am going to try my utmost to complete at least 750 words every day. :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 14
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Buster & Kellianne, thank you for developing such an amazing site. It has helped me in my writing practice and I look forward to write 750 words every day regardless how I feel. Life is too short to wait for inspiration.

Testimonial Note from Cardinal Charles Ng on Tue, Aug 13
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Being expected to write 750 words every day, when I didn’t want to, when I didn’t think I could, when I had to write in secret, when the keystrokes sounded like thunder, and then being rewarded with highly coveted badges, has been an enormous blessing for me. Through this discipline I’ve learned why writing projects fail, how to be honest with myself, and to fruitfully enjoy time at the keyboard. I can always point to the time in my life when I was a Space Bird and know that difficult goals can be achieved.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Aug 13
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Josh Fox on Tue, Aug 13
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I’m setting off on a fresh stride in the area of Bromance Fantasy novels. This site has helped me keep focused on inspiration and keeping the outline of my new story going. It’s fun to earn the badges and it’s a great means to teach a writer self-discipline in the art of setting aside a certain time of day to write. The challenges are great. I find myself excited to come to the site every morning with coffee at my side and opening up the new day’s page to further expand my story’s outline. It’s a fantastic time to be a writer! You have a story inside you? Be it non-fiction or fiction, this is the place to come. It’s fun and to see your badges show up as you clear those hurdles just makes it that much more enjoyable. If you’ve got a story you want to write or if you just have something you want to say, this place will help get your focus sharpened and inspire you to have fun while you type. I love it and am glad I’ve joined up. :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Aug 13