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

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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 Tue, Nov 12
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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
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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 Sun, Nov 10
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I never really knew that 750words.com only lets you save 5,000 words unless you’re a patron. And who knew that I would ever have reason to find out?

But tonight, I did. It’s November 9, 2013 and I’ve written 5,000 words for the NaNoWriMo writing marathon. And I’m not done! But I need to become a patron, so I can write more :)

750words.com is the biggest reason why I do so well in monthly writing challenges. Thank you.

One Month Challenge Bounty from C K on Sat, Nov 09
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Okay, ouch. Missed my first day in over 250 days. But what’s worse is that I see yesterday’s completed entry in my archive? Did I get too busy at work and not upload them to 750words? SAD-FACE!

Oh, well. Time now to pay my dues for failing November challenge, pick myself up, and start over again, today, my first day writing.

Hey, cool! This is my first day writing for 750words.com! Wish me luck!

Testimonial Note from geophf on Sat, Nov 09
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I wish I knew about this site last year for NaNo WriMo. I’m utilizing it now and I just wrote more than 5000 words! I’m making up for the slacking I’ve done at the beginning of the month!
If I can do it, YOU can do it!
Go, go, go, go!

Testimonial Note from Cydling on Sat, Nov 09
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from SK Gaski on Fri, Nov 08
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I’m using this site to do NaNoWriMo this year, and it’s helped me tremendously by not allowing me to go back and edit yesterday’s words written :)

Testimonial Note from L R on Fri, Nov 08
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I joined 750words.com two weeks before I started writing here. I’ve gone around calling myself a writer, but oh dear, I wasn’t writing every day or anything like every day. I meant to be writing, of course, but I let everything else chip away at my days and next thing I’d know, poof, there went another week. Or usually more. My journal at night was the only thing getting attention, but that’s more like a record of events for me. It’s not nothing, but I needed a lot more practice than a journal page that wasn’t even legible when I was writing while tired or having come home from a party. When it was time for my writer’s group (that I co-founded, geez) to meet every third Tuesday, I’d hustle to get something done. I tried assignments, exercises, discipline, motivation; you know the drill.

I ran across 750words.com at the suggestion of a website I sorta follow. I poked around and thought Hey, I’ll sign up for the monthly challenge, I’ll start on October 1, I promise! Sure, my other voice said. Sure, you will.

But I did it and I kept doing it. Every single day. It wasn’t that hard. In fact, it was easy and I enjoyed it and a bit of good writing started coming out of it. Then close to the end of the month when I saw to my surprise that it’d stuck, I signed up for the November monthly challenge. And then I thought, Goodness me, it’s time to start my memoir! and signed up for NaNo WriMo.

Who’d a thunk it? Seven days into November and I’m 14K words into my 50K NaNo goal. I’m loving this. It’s been just thirty-eight days since I began, but you know what? NOW, I’m a writer. And my writing is getting better a lot more quickly than it was when I was starting rusty every time and tortured knowing that what was in my head/heart/soul/gut was still a universe away from the page in front of me.

So this, y’all. This.

Testimonial Note from Coco Q on Thu, Nov 07
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The Daily Nudge

I too am missing The Daily Nudge. The last one I received was on 11/3, just after I said in a testimonial note how much I enjoyed the beautiful rose I got when I had already written my words. I really miss that and I dearly wish it would return. Please.

New Feature Request Note from Bhavani on Thu, Nov 07
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Because of 750 words I continue to learn about myself, sort things out, schedule stuff that needs to be done, make lists, delve into painful situations, and generally just have a good time doing it. Thank you so very much.

For some reason this week I haven’t received my daily nudge but thankfully I have remembered all on my own. Woo-hoo!! Life is good.

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Thu, Nov 07
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Improve the daily reminder email

I’ve noticed in the past three or four days I haven’t gotten my daily email. There have been times when I hated it but, now that it is gone I miss it. Where’d it go?

New Feature Vote from Ian A Winship on Thu, Nov 07
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As an aspiring novelist 750 Words is my go to writing spot. I can keep track of my writing each day. I am prompted to write by my daily email. It feels great to keep the streak going. I am on day 66 and I don’t want to stop. I need to write everyday. Some days I don’t know how I find the time but, I do and it makes me happy. I don’t know if I would have the same drive without this site. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Ian A Winship on Thu, Nov 07
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my confidence has improved so much, I find that writing a l stream of consiousness and not thinking as I write realy really helps the flow, to begin with the fact that there was no spell check put me off but have a new strategy and just keep typing till I get the spelling right and this keeps the flow. the brain is an amazing thing, many thanks for being there. am amazed that I can write 750 words in thirteen minutes, that is good, would never have believed I could do that!

Testimonial Note from Marilyn Jean Hazlett on Wed, Nov 06
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In the year-plus that I’ve been trying to write every day, 750 has been an amazing blessing. Some days I journal, some days I blog or write in one of the three (!) in-progress novels and paste here, and some days I forget to write altogether. But all days, I am a different person than I was when I found this web site.

I am calmer, more centered. I spend a lot less time worrying and a lot more time outside of my head. Because of this, other things in my life are more together – I exercise more, I sleep better, I eat better – and since the first change I made was 750 Words, I trace it all back to that.

Today I wrote another chapter in my NaNoWriMo book for this year and pasted it here. I feel good. Thanks for giving me this tool, thanks for making it so easy to use, thanks for the badges that encourage me to hit new milestones, thanks for just being generally awesome!

Testimonial Note from Karen Earp on Wed, Nov 06
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Improve the daily reminder email

I’ve had times where I won’t get the email at all.

New Feature Vote from Angel Negra on Wed, Nov 06
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I love this website so much! It’s the perfect way for me to actually make myself sit down and write and back up everything online without anyone else having access to it. I absolutely love it and I’m never leaving!

Testimonial Note from Maren Ruth on Wed, Nov 06
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This is just a Godsend! I can write and save what I have wanted to do and even though I haven’t done much I plan to do more and this is a good incentive to do so! I am excited and thank you for creating this vehicle! I love coming here.

Testimonial Note from L. Denise Jackson on Tue, Nov 05
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This site, simply helps me keep my life in order. No matter how stressed I have gotten over my final year at Uni and the barrage of work that I am involved in, draining my brain in (usually) the morning keeps me level and lets me know when I am getting out of whack. Simply, brilliant. Also, I want a dinosaur in my badge collection. One day, one day…

Testimonial Note from Ingimar Bjarni on Tue, Nov 05
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750words has been transformative for me. I am finally doing Morning Pages every day. My heart and mind are clearer and when I act, I am more emotionally available and connected to the tex than I have ever been. The positive effects abound in my personal, professional, and creative lives.

Testimonial Note from Rudy Flesher on Tue, Nov 05
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editable metadata

I sometimes make typos in my metadata entries and don’t realize it till I see that my graph has a MAJOR outlier. I appreciate that the entries cannot be edited after the day is over, but it might be nice if the metadata could be.

New Feature Request Note from mkpladsen on Tue, Nov 05
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Angel Negra on Mon, Nov 04
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750 words has been a blessing. I can already see the vast improvement in my writing. It’s helped motivate me to write everyday by engaging my competitive streaks with those badges and not wanting to break longer streaks.

It’s helped me bash out dreadfully written ideas and allowed me to take those clay ideas and craft the into genuine works of art. I’m not quite the Michelangelo of the writing world yet, but 750 words helps me think it may be possible.

Finally, I say good luck to all those brave and mad people doing NaNoWriMo this year. Best of luck.

Testimonial Note from Keeleigh Sharman on Mon, Nov 04
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Since beginning the 750 words a day I have noticed a huge difference in my attitude toward writing. In the past, it was something I dreaded almost worse than going to the barber or doctor. Now I look forward to the next day so that I may begin all over again. Thanks to the 750 words “team” for making this possible.

Testimonial Note from Glenn Roberts on Mon, Nov 04
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Debbie Tan on Sun, Nov 03
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Come on fellow writers! We can do it!! Maybe we should get t-shirts or club jackets?! :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Patricia Young on Sun, Nov 03
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More badges for accomplishments

I know it may be corny – but I love the badges! I’m just 40 something days in – and the big bird is much appreciated – but thats a long road to the next level. I’d be happy to help with badge suggestions if you’d like? :) turtle – thoughtful & steady, dog – faithful & unconditional love, cat – independent & wild, thoroughbred – fast & focused, bear – protective & strong, hawk – sharp & precise, sushi – delicious

New Feature Vote from Patricia Young on Sun, Nov 03
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I’ve written all my life, from journaling to poetry, short story, children stories – but it was not until I was at one of my lowest darkest places, that the opportunity to attend a writers retreat in Montana in August came to be, that I ever considered to take my writing to another level. Since attending the retreat and beginning this journey in words – 750 Words has been instrumental in creating a safe place to express anything I want, from there comes inspiration, feelings pour out anew onto the page – it is what I begin my day with – setting me up for success. Everything seems to flow more easily. I’ve only just begun, how everything points in this direction, how things have lined up. In just a few months since I’ve started, the people, experiences, critiques, mentors, editors have seen the improvements. Reassuring me I"m on the right path. I honestly do not feel I would have made these advancements, in this time frame without 750 Words. I LOVE the badges, and all the aspects of the site – I’ve learned more about myself which of course then helps enrich my writing. Its a win-win for everyone. Thank You Thank You Buster and Kellieanne – for your creativity, thoughtfulness, brilliance, fun and taking time to help each of us when we reach out – you always reach back. Breathe Deep, Think Peace
Patty

Testimonial Note from Patricia Young on Sun, Nov 03