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

3 cups

Nothing has made me more determined to write everyday quite like 750Words. So glad I joined. I can’t wait till the next Nanowrimo.

Testimonial Note from Makihige on Mon, Sep 02
1 cup

Writing here every night is like getting out the vacuum cleaner, with attachments, and clearing the cobwebs out of the corners of the room. It’s very liberating knowing no one will read my writing, thus allowing me to really get at the heart of what’s going on in my life.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Van Horn on Mon, Sep 02
1 cup

I was skeptical of 750 words at first. it seemed like just another way to get me to write that would end up falling by the wayside because it wasn’t useful enough or engaging enough. imagine my surprise when the opposite happened!

750words has been invaluable in calculating my actual output, keeping my words counted for me and keeping me accountable, even on those days when I just don’t feel like writing. I don’t always manage to write 750, but I DO manage at least 300 words every day now, and that is its own accomplishment.

Testimonial Note from eerian sadow on Mon, Sep 02
8 cups

I recently achieved my 1000 day streak, and surpassed 1.1 million words. It is something that I had no idea would happen when I started this. I have never been much for continuing writing when I have started in the past, but now it is a part of my morning and I can’t imagine not doing it. It helps me clear my head and start my day fresh. I have worked out problems, worked through frustrations, and celebrated victories on these pages. I am grateful for a place where I can come and do all of these things. I am most grateful for this site because it has helped me silence my inner critic, more often than not, and enabled me to write unfettered. That, I think, might be the greatest gift of all. Thanks Buster and Kellianne for all of your hard work and for keeping this wonderful site running for all of us. You are truly amazing.
~Patty

Testimonial Note from Patty Mathews on Mon, Sep 02
1 cup

as my friend Sam has told me that Francis Bacon said “reading maketh a full man, conference maketh a ready man and writing maketh an exact man” I have found that writing on a daily basis has helped me to better express my thoughts and give me a more clear idea of what transpired yesterday and what I hope to accomplish today. Also I learning to touch type so that I can write faster so that some day I can get the cheetah badge which won’t happen with my two finger hunt and pecking style of writing

Testimonial Note from Rich Sanko on Sun, Sep 01
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I couldn’t tell you why, but for some reason the badges seem to help me discipline myself into writing everyday, writing faster, or trying to write at different times of the day. It would be nice to see new behavior badges and maybe a streak badge or two in between 30 and 100. Also, thanks for making this site awesome!

New Feature Vote from Erica Coslop on Sun, Sep 01
3 cups
1 month free membership for succesful challengers

If you complete the monthly challenge you get one month free membership. If you don’t you pay.

New Feature Request Note from Juan Calderón on Sun, Sep 01
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Christiaan Hendriksen on Sun, Sep 01
1 cup

This is a wonderful website. I use it to plan, write fiction, and dangst about day-to-day life. Can’t think of anything more lovely. :)

Testimonial Note from Maria Dascalu on Sun, Sep 01
1 cup

I’m very recently separated after 11 years of marriage and I must say that 750 Words is essential to me right now. It’s such a good way to just let the words flow out of my brain without thinking about them too much. I just let myself feel, put my fingers on the keyboard and go. Some interesting speculations have come out of my writing here and I have nothing but appreciation for this site. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 01
2 cups

I just finished my first one month challenge. Waiting for the interesting turquise horse to appear…

‘750 words’ is a silly place. And it is even more silly what great things it does for me. Having a silly reason to write every day makes me happier, smarter, more content with myself and what I do. And all that just because I get to have a daily conversation with myself.

Coming from Denmark and writing in danish I don’t get much interesting points out of my metadata and subconcious – but it would be interesting to analyze given all the stuff I tell my blank page after login.

A lot of wonderful sillyness. Thanks for that!

Testimonial Note from Andreas Matjulski on Sat, Aug 31
12 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Mikkel Snyder on Fri, Aug 30
2 cups

I’m due to finally get my phoenix badge the day before I turn 27. I can’t think of a better birthday present. I have found free writing theraputic since I was old enough to write in a diary and find a safe hiding place; 750 words has gently encouraged me to turn this occasional crisis therapy into a daily rite of self care. Instead of thinking of myself as a damaged, limping creature, I have risen from the ashes as a writer with a vast hinterland of experience to draw from.

Testimonial Note from Twynkl-fflange on Fri, Aug 30
5 cups

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
4 cups

I write gibberish and nothingness each day and I’ve never felt better. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 28
3 cups

Go writers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 28
1 cup

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
20 cups

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
1 cup

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 Anonymous on Tue, Aug 27
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

Every day I think about my 750 words. Every day I do my 750 words.

Many thanks 750 words.com.
Love Sophie x

Testimonial Note from Sophie Reya on Sat, Aug 24
5 cups

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.

750words.com 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 geophf on Fri, Aug 23
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Hanustiak on Thu, Aug 22
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Jean-Michel Beaudry on Tue, Aug 20
1 cup
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