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

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 Sun, Jun 09
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 Fri, Jun 07
2 cups

Passing my May Challenge bounty forward. Good luck!

It seems like an easy thing, committing to 750 words a day. But we all have busy lives, and sometimes the urge to give in to being tired, to thinking that our words don’t matter, can be strong. Don’t give in! I know from experience that if you take the time to push through that fatigue, that block holding you back, that you’ll emerge stronger and more confident on the other side. Go for it, even if you write the same word over and over 750 times. At least you committed to it and you met your commitment. And who knows? Maybe with the next set of words, the answer to that problem you’re having, or that great idea, will rise from your brain like the Phoenix from the ashes. You’ll never know unless you write. Now go do it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from David Raitt on Tue, Jun 04
1 cup

Way to go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Caroline E on Tue, Jun 04
1 cup
A better mobile site

Make it easier to see past days’ writings from the mobile site.

New Feature Vote from Caroline E on Tue, Jun 04
1 cup

I heard about 750words from a commenter on xoJane; Mandy Stadtmiller wrote a post about doing morning pages and someone mentioned this site. Ever since my college theater professor assigned us to do The Artist’s Way morning pages one semester – and GRADED us on it – I have felt like I really should do them, but could not make myself follow through. I don’t like doing things just because I “should.”

Anyway when I saw this site, I knew it would be a good thing for me. Easy to do, great simple layout, with motivational elements like badges and email nudges – it’s right up my alley. I signed up and wrote that first day and have written every single day since.

It recently occurred to me that I am nearing 50,000 words written here, and that if I had written that amount in a focused way, writing one story, rather than just rambling as I do, I would almost have a first draft of a novel. Wow. That makes the novel I keep talking about writing seem not so insurmountable – at least as far as word count goes!

I’m so thankful for this site and what it has done for me in just two months. It’s a small discipline – just 20 minutes a day usually – but it makes a big difference. When I write in the morning, it clears my head and gives me a feeling of accomplishment right off the bat. Even when I write later in the day, it feels like a gift I’m giving myself; allowing myself that time, even when I’m busy and have other deadlines breathing down my neck, honors my need to write my own words every day. (I write for a living – but for other people.)

Making writing 750 words every day a priority, no matter what else is going on, forces me to make MYSELF a priority – and that makes me a better friend, daughter, mother, girlfriend, writer and person. Not necessarily in that order.

So thank you, Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Nelson on Tue, Jun 04
9 cups

I wrote steadily for the past 100 days and have the mental clarity that putting words here has provided. My 90 year old Dad found peace at the end of his story yesterday and I will start my next 100 days to find my own peace. Thanks for the challenges, for the place where we can make this happen.

Testimonial Note from Sues Sulley on Tue, Jun 04
2 cups

Good luck to everyone starting the monthly challenge. Here is two cups of patronage to go towards next month’s challenge. Keep on writing away and don’t let the nice weather be an excuse to stop. You can DO IT!!! =)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Wendy Aston on Tue, Jun 04
2 cups

I just finished the 50th day of writing 750 words each day and even though I’m in a low mood right now I’m proud of that achievement. I never thought I could stick to something that long and I’m looking forward to write every day for the next 50 days. It seems feasible now even when I’m down. Thanks 750words for giving me the chance to surprise myself.

Testimonial Note from crazy otter on Tue, Jun 04
10 cups

I’ve not been here for a while. I think I missed one day in a challenge and then gave up because i kept forgetting.. I decided to come back so here are 10 cups o’ patronage to you all for managing to complete the challenge – never managed it.. I remember at midnight usually!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Teigh-Anne Shave on Tue, Jun 04
6 cups

Sixth monthly challenge of the year, so here’s six cups towards the bounty! Good luck, everyone!

One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Mon, Jun 03
10 cups

To everyone in the July One-Month Challenge, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!!!! Keep writing no matter how you feel! Good luck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Jun 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Fiona Wilson on Mon, Jun 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Fiona Wilson on Mon, Jun 03
1 cup

What’s the first thing I do when starting a new monthly challenge? Sign up for the following month’s challenge. See you all at the top, those who decide to climb this mountain. I’ll be there with you, each step of the way, each and every day, and I have my eyes fixed on the next peak, too.

love, geophf

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Mon, Jun 03
1 cup

I am so thankful that 750words.com exists! At one point in my life I wrote daily blogs (woohoo livejournal), and those blogs both got my brain juices flowing and helped me get things off my chest. After having taken a long hiatus from writing, I am using 750words.com to motivate me to work on the book I am currently writing. Even if I do nothing but write character notes some days, I have the impetus to do something on a daily basis. The anonymity and privacy afforded me by the site also ensures I am unafraid to write exactly what I am thinking. My ultimate goal is that 750words.com sees me through to a completed work of fiction! Thanks for all you do!

Testimonial Note from Amalie C. on Mon, Jun 03