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

This site is giving me a place to get clear. It offers me a place to put my words without having to look at my handwriting. I am getting closer to taking the challenge in July ( I can’t handle anything that goes down the shame road, so I have to be ready) and to that and for that I toast with my cup of joe. May it in some small way serve you and keep you happy. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Connie Love Mendoza on Sun, Jun 16
8 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alec on Sun, Jun 16
1 cup

This site is awesome. It is a buzzing in my life that needs feeding. I am at a level, even with only a 5 day streak, where I feel I NEED to write, need the stream of consciousness more than formal writing. The stream has given birth to numerous spin-off stories and essays. After, as if therapy, I like to go over my stats and see what is where (though I still do not think I am so concerned with death).
So I would say, if you want to turn writing into a craving, use this site!

O

Testimonial Note from Ovy Ortega on Sat, Jun 15
1 cup
Floating Counter

I was wondering if we can have a floating word counter throughout the page instead of just at the bottom. I am writing, and writing passionately, and I always to scroll down to get the total. Other than that, perhaps be able to adjust the margin on the screen?
Great, wondrous, bliss.

O

New Feature Request Note from Ovy Ortega on Sat, Jun 15
3 cups

In recent times, this site has been a refuge, a place of comfort, a place of private expression and a place to vent and express profound grief at a time when I could not tell any one how I was feeling. I’m grateful that I can write out my thoughts and work through issues. Being able to write freely in private has been invaluable.
I’ve been coming to this site for some time and although I’m not a consistent visitor, I am an appreciative one.
Thank you.

Testimonial Note from DD Scribbler on Sat, Jun 15
1 cup
Don't count time off as part of streak

Don’t count scheduled time off toward your existing streak. I’ve had to take some days off lately due to work and other obligations so reaching a 30 day streak tomorrow will not be as meaningful since those days off apparently count toward the streak. I feel like I’m cheating the system somehow, not my intention at all!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 14
10 cups

I’m not sure how sane I would be without this site. And while the bounties aren’t a big part of it, they’re a part I can use to entice others. So go forth, write, and conquer.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Benjamin Schapiro on Thu, Jun 13
1 cup

thanks. Just thanks.

Testimonial Note from Michal Karni on Thu, Jun 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sandra on Wed, Jun 12
1 cup

Today I’ve written my 750 session on 750words, with 750,326 words written on those two years. First streak of 540 days and the second (and going) of 210.

All this has happened so fast, but not a million words would suffice to express my gratitude to you guys for keeping this site up and healthy. I know I could write everywhere now that everyday writing is so inside me, but I hope I’ll be coming here everyday for a long time.

Thanks!!
Jorge

Testimonial Note from Jorge Sanz on Wed, Jun 12
2 cups

I recently slipped in my streak status, falling from 80-something back down to zero. Last year I would have been crushed but this year I am humbled. I’ve learned from writing daily (or at least more consistently) that this is a way for me to get clear on life, desires, needs, and all the things we cannot change regardless of the aforementioned. I am ever grateful for this space, which allows me to hash out my daily life, write meaningful blog posts, take a look at the bigger picture of life, or all of the above on any given day.

Buster, you are a Saint for creating this site and I am ever grateful.

Testimonial Note from Dian Jancic on Tue, Jun 11
1 cup

I had no idea there was a bounty for the one month challenge :) Now I want to finish it even more.

Good luck, fellow 750words addicts!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amos Wenger on Mon, Jun 10
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Just more badges :) The existing ones are awesome, but I’d like to see more of them. More granularity in the streak ones for example!

New Feature Vote from Amos Wenger on Mon, Jun 10
6 cups

Phoenix.

Hey, Andy from the UK. Thank you for your write-up. It was cute how very organized you were in sharing your trials then your resolution.

I had a 58 day streak going, then I lost it, and I was like: ‘Ugh! I don’t want to have to start over!’ But that didn’t matter. What was in front of me was that I was starting over, whether I wanted to, or not.

And I learned from my 58-day streak. I learned I could go 58 days, and I learned that if I let my writing slide, then the day gets in the way, and then I get tired, and no matter how much I want to write before midnight, sleep still one, at least one day in 58. So, now, I write the very first thing. I know if I write starting right after midnight and get in my 750+ words, then that’s one thing that I did that I said I would do for the day, and it makes the rest of the day so much better. And, when I don’t do that, when I do sleep earlier, which is occasionally, then the first thing I do when I wake up is weigh myself, take my vitamins, drink my orange juice, and write, and write until I’m done, and write before my self-imposed 9 am deadline.

And when I don’t do that, which is these last two days, then I have from 9 am until midnight to get in 750 words.

AND … I have a sense of urgency about it. I have 102 days on this streak, and I’m not interested in breaking it this time.

So, I write.

And I enjoy it, when I get it done in a timely fashion, and I enjoy it when I have 15 more hours to get it done.

So, I’m enjoying writing, very much now.

I have something to compare it to: I took more than a year off from writing, and I just bottled all these thoughts and feelings inside, and I was irritable and unpleasant to be around. My fault, and I knew what to do about it. And I didn’t. For a year. Then a reader of my story “My Sister Rosalie,” ‘demanded’ I get back to it or all kinds of ill-wishes would come my way.

So I wrote the next chapter, chapter 56, and it was terrible. But it was 10k words, and it was a start, and now I’m working on ch 79, and I’m happy again. I’m writing again, and touching people’s lives, where they are, and giving them something to read and to enjoy with the promise, God willing, that they’ll have something to look forward to in that next chapter forthcoming and in the next book when I finish this one.

And 750words.com keeps me on track, writing, every day, a little something to keep this story going, to keep me going, and to keep hope, enjoyment, anticipation alive in my readers.

It’s a very, very good thing, writing, then sharing it, then knowing that you’ve touched people’s hearts.

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Mon, Jun 10
6 cups

Phoenix.

Hey, Andy from the UK. Thank you for your write-up. It was cute how very organized you were in sharing your trials then your resolution.

I had a 58 day streak going, then I lost it, and I was like: ‘Ugh! I don’t want to have to start over!’ But that didn’t matter. What was in front of me was that I was starting over, whether I wanted to, or not.

And I learned from my 58-day streak. I learned I could go 58 days, and I learned that if I let my writing slide, then the day gets in the way, and then I get tired, and no matter how much I want to write before midnight, sleep still one, at least one day in 58. So, now, I write the very first thing. I know if I write starting right after midnight and get in my 750+ words, then that’s one thing that I did that I said I would do for the day, and it makes the rest of the day so much better. And, when I don’t do that, when I do sleep earlier, which is occasionally, then the first thing I do when I wake up is weigh myself, take my vitamins, drink my orange juice, and write, and write until I’m done, and write before my self-imposed 9 am deadline.

And when I don’t do that, which is these last two days, then I have from 9 am until midnight to get in 750 words.

AND … I have a sense of urgency about it. I have 102 days on this streak, and I’m not interested in breaking it this time.

So, I write.

And I enjoy it, when I get it done in a timely fashion, and I enjoy it when I have 15 more hours to get it done.

So, I’m enjoying writing, very much now.

I have something to compare it to: I took more than a year off from writing, and I just bottled all these thoughts and feelings inside, and I was irritable and unpleasant to be around. My fault, and I knew what to do about it. And I didn’t. For a year. Then a reader of my story “My Sister Rosalie,” ‘demanded’ I get back to it or all kinds of ill-wishes would come my way.

So I wrote the next chapter, chapter 56, and it was terrible. But it was 10k words, and it was a start, and now I’m working on ch 79, and I’m happy again. I’m writing again, and touching people’s lives, where they are, and giving them something to read and to enjoy with the promise, God willing, that they’ll have something to look forward to in that next chapter forthcoming and in the next book when I finish this one.

And 750words.com keeps me on track, writing, every day, a little something to keep this story going, to keep me going, and to keep hope, enjoyment, anticipation alive in my readers.

It’s a very, very good thing, writing, then sharing it, then knowing that you’ve touched people’s hearts.

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Mon, Jun 10
1 cup

750 has been an awesome experience for me. Writing has been a long time goal of mine and writing daily makes me feel empowered to try things such as NaNoWriMo or to write creatively or poetry. I’ve been pairing 750 with writing prompt sites and with correspondences I write to friends. It’s nice to have one place to put all my writing and one place where writing is secure and the pressure of writing for an audience is off. It’s a great way to test ideas. I love this site!

Testimonial Note from Melissa Garner on Sun, Jun 09
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love my badges and brag about them to people who don’t know what I’m talking about. I may list some on my resume…

New Feature Vote from Melissa Garner on Sun, Jun 09
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I find the badges FAR more motivating than I expected to when I started on this site; actually to kind of a bizarre extent. I’d love to see more of them!

New Feature Vote from Emily J. on Sun, Jun 09
1 cup

I have been using this site to “feed myself first” and writing my 750words a day, before my to do list, the dishes, whatever keeps me focused and happy. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Fred Kluth on Sun, Jun 09
5 cups

This place is my refuge. Thank you for being here.

Testimonial Note from Lea Woolf on Sun, Jun 09
2 cups

Anyone else suffered a streak-breaking backlash?
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Ok, so this is my first writing in a week after breaking a 75 day streak, and I’d like to reflect on it, partly to share my experience and reaction and partly to see how other people cope with this.

Context
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I’ve been wanting to write stuff for about 7 years since my last book and nothing really happened on it because there was always something else more important to do. Then I came across 750 words and – like many of the people on this site – life changed. 75 days later I’d completed two month-challenges and built up a 75-day streak.

The break
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Work (A full-time job) got busier and busier and I got tireder and tireder. Trying to spend time with a rapidly growing-up family, and various other concerts and musical commitments meant I was really burning the candle at both ends. I’d signed up to the June challenge and on the 3rd day life became so mad that I think my body rebelled. My other commitment to train to run an anti-cancer 10K had just broken down as a knee injury meant I could not walk let alone run. After tea I just fell asleep and just about slept through the night. In one shot I’d broken my streak and my June challenge, and my other challenge to get fit and run to raise money.

The consequences
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I was a bit surprised at my reaction. It actually put me off writing for a week (until right now). I was amazed at how defensive I felt. I started deleting the daily email reminders, which for me had taken on a sinister tone “Looks like you’ve fallen out of the running”. Tut tut. I wanted to tell someone that they had no right to judge me. “Wall of shame! Is spending time with your kids and fulfulling your work commitments and making community music something to be shameful about?” I asked.
I think I needed some sulk time.
I’ve taken a week, and – now this is shameful – I’ve really enjoyed NOT writing.

The reflection
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Looking back I think I had begun to rely too much on the potential negative consequences of breaking the challenge and the streak. “Oh no, what if I don’t write today? I’ll lose that streak” and so I found myself writing under pressure, begrudgingly, out of fear of negative outcomes, rather than focussing on the joy of writing and seeing my next book slowly emerge from its chysalis.

Clearly there is a motivating power in these things, but I wanted to reflect that – at least for me – it’s put me off writing for a while. I think I’m back as of today, but I’m going to be a bit easier on myself. Yes I want to create regular space for writing, but I want to enjoy that writing and not be bound to a negative contract that I’ve made with myself.

My leg still hurts and I still can’t run, but I have taken to walking through the countryside each day and being thankful that I can’t walk. The world doesn’t care that I’ve broken a streak or won’t be running in this particular race. So I think I’ve just been feeling the sulk of letting myself down; or maybe taking on too much in the first place.

How about Others?
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I would love to hear how other people have coped. Are you straight back in for another streak? Can you ‘let it go’ that there’s a couple of broken commitments? What do you do when life just takes over and you can’t find the time or the energy to write? Is there anything wrong with the ‘stick’ approach of broken commitments, and are there any other ‘carrots’ that people use instead as positive motivators?

If you’ve read this far, I’m amazed. This is more of a therapy session than something that others must read. But thanks for reading.

Andy Hunt, York, UK

Testimonial Note from Andy Hunt on Sun, Jun 09
1 cup
A better mobile site

I hate breaking my streak to the point where I’ll go through the grueling process of tapping out 750+ words on my smartphone if need be. Sometimes, the process isn’t always pretty.

New Feature Vote from Marisa Kanemoto on Sun, Jun 09
1 cup

It’s only my second day, but I’m excited and inspired. Who knew i would find my creativity here? ;) I’m just grateful that I did!

Testimonial Note from Angela Fuller on Sat, Jun 08
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I think you should use the badges I made for you like DoubleFlamingo and FlamAlbatross. http://imgur.com/ULmAaNk

New Feature Vote from Betsy Devine on Sat, Jun 08
1 cup

A group of friends and I decided to give 750 a try as a tool to help us encourage one another to not only write but to become better writers. Needless to say thanks to stat tracking, badge earning and the follow feature we are 10+ more frequent, encouraged and supported but most importantly better writers. This site helped us help ourselves and each other, we sing your praises daily!!!

Testimonial Note from Marcus G Williams III on Fri, Jun 07
5 cups

1000 day streak! Awesome! Writing is merely something I do now, every day, thanks to Buster and Kellianne and 750words.

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Fri, Jun 07
1 cup

Good luck, One Month Challengers! Congratulations on completing your words for a whole month without breaking your streak.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alice Rose Loofbourrow on Fri, Jun 07
1 cup

I LOVE 750 Words so much! It’s my favorite part of waking up, and it helps give me a clean slate to start my day off right :)

Testimonial Note from Alice Rose Loofbourrow on Fri, Jun 07
1 cup

I haven’t been doing 750 Words for too long, but ever since I began I have been doing it every single day. I’ve completed my first challenge and started using metadata.
I’ve found that my writing has greatly improved. When it used to be a struggle to write 300 words of a story per day, I have begun writing thousands each day. It’s because of 750 Words, I can tell. I finally have a place to get all my thoughts out, and sometimes I also have a very productive story writing station.
Thank you for my wonderful experience, and I look forward to having more.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Hodge on Fri, Jun 07
1 cup

I reached 20,000 words today. I know that’s not a lot to people who have been on here a long time, but for me, it’s a lot. I’m only a few days away from 30 days in a row, which is also a big deal for me. I didn’t think I would be able to make it even that far. Thanks to this awesome site, and inspiring writers like all of you, maybe i’ll even make it 100 days in a row! :)

Testimonial Note from sara tess on Thu, Jun 06