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

4 cups

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
5 cups

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

Congratulations! You have fought well. :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Mona Midnight on Wed, Nov 27
1 cup

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
2 cups

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
4 cups

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
3 cups

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
2 cups

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
1 cup
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
3 cups

1 million words. Wish there was a badge for that!

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Tue, Nov 19
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
2 cups

I have been a member of this site for over 2 years and finally, I have reached the elusive 30 day milestone! Thank you for the Albatross! I have been obsessed with earning this badge for so long but kept falling off the wagon. A few weeks ago I woke up really angry at myself, for not wanting it enough. So I decided I could do this at any point; I didn’t need to have joined the one month challenge to do this. And then I thought, why not pursue the Nov. challenge too. And on top of that, why not write a novel in 30 days on NaNoWriMo? One down and two goals to go!!!

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Mon, Nov 18
1 cup

Thank you so much. This site has been a psychiatrist to me, letting me get everything out and then analyzing it. I really have been appreciating it immensely.

Testimonial Note from Ms. Key on Mon, Nov 18
1 cup

(oYo)~!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ms. Key on Mon, Nov 18
5 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Ms. Key on Mon, Nov 18
1 cup

Last month I struggled to write 140 characters in twitter. Now I write 750 words daily. I love this site and have recommended it to people at work. It helps me off load and lets me start the day with a clear head. For this I am truly grateful!

Testimonial Note from Sophie Edwards on Sun, Nov 17
10 cups

Finally building up consecutive days again.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jackie McG on Sat, Nov 16
1 cup
Awesome blue horse each time.

Hi, I have been enjoying my time in 750words.com.
I do the monthly challenges, I have been successful three times in completing a month and the awesome badge is lovely. It would be nice to have the badge to mark each month and get it again each time. At present the badge is only presented and noted the first time a month is completed. Thank you.

New Feature Request Note from Sophie Reya on Thu, Nov 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I don’t have any specific ones in mind, but I’m extremely micro-goal oriented, and having these badges really helps keep me coming back! But I’m working through them pretty quickly, too. If we had more options that appeared randomly or that gave us the chance to experiment more for them, it’d be really exciting.

New Feature Vote from Meredith Katz on Thu, Nov 14
3 cups

Thanks so much for the return of the Daily Nudge. The lovely red rose brightens my day!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Thu, Nov 14
1 cup

Thanks for being neat! I sulked away last spring and on a whim wanted to check back on my account and was so happy to find it still alive! Have a few cups on me for all my past writing and as long as I keep on coming here I’ll be sure to cup up from time to time!

Testimonial Note from Emily K on Wed, Nov 13
5 cups

Doing NaNoWriMo on here while racing towards my 1,000 day streak on here, provokes me to finish my novel. I’ll hit 1K days next year, but I’ll get there, damn it!

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Nov 11
6 cups
Make our badges into Open Badges!

Admittedly I’m biased as I work for Mozilla, but I’d love to be able to display the badges I get here on 750words.com along with my other Open Badges.

http://openbadges.org

New Feature Request Note from Doug Belshaw on Sun, Nov 10
1 cup
Annual Subscriptions!

Instead of 5$ a month – which is too expensive IMHO, although I gladly pay it – offer a 35$ a year subscription.

Benefits
- reduced paypal transaction fees.
- improved cash flow, more money up front
- reduced churn rate for subscribers

Costs
- ???

New Feature Request Note from pete shaw on Sat, Nov 09