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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One Month Challenge Bounty from Isabel Stafford on Sun, Jun 23
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Customize page themes.

Customize page themes.
Create a set of themes for customizing pages. Old school, white with monotype font; 70’s computer, green monotype with a black background; medieval script with a tanned, scribe background; notebook with lines or something else; etc.

At the very least I could really use a monotype font, old school Courier.

New Feature Request Note from Ovy Ortega on Sat, Jun 22
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It has given me confidence rooted in knowing that I am “a person who writes at least 750 words a day” and can stick to a goal. I’ve struggled with procrastination, perfectionism, fear, and attention problems for most of my life, and I know this routine has helped. In addition, the act of writing has really helped me deal with lots of issues and thoughts, improving my mental health quite a bit.

Testimonial Note from Kati G-M on Sat, Jun 22
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New Feature Vote from Rebecca Van Horn on Thu, Jun 20
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Thank you so much for this site! It has just the right balance of encouragement and leniency to motivate me to write every day. I want the badges, but there is no shame when I fail. The real reward is pouring the daily life build up out on to the screen.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Van Horn on Thu, Jun 20
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i write everyday! i can say, with complete honesty, that i write everyday. i am a sucker for badges! i love my virtual gold stars! been trying to write 1000 words instead of 750, and i hide the word count at the bottom so i am more in the story. thank you for this site – i love to see so many other writers – i wish i could read what you all are writing!

Testimonial Note from katherine hauser on Thu, Jun 20
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Just write. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect right away, because for one nothing’s perfect and for another you can always edit it later. Perfection’s overrated, go for awesome instead.

Testimonial Note from Jade on Wed, Jun 19
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The only thing stronger than fear is hope- Hunger Games

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kimberly Jackson on Wed, Jun 19
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New Feature Vote from Sandra on Tue, Jun 18
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I have a free membership and currently no job, but I signed up for $5 a month anyway because this is the one tool I use every day to build my writing practice and clear my head. I tell everyone who asks me about journaling or writing or spiritual practice about 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Pam Wilder on Tue, Jun 18
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The practice of banging out at least 750 words every day has changed my writing and, not to be a complete cornball, my life. Thanks for all the inspiration!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Halli Perrigo on Tue, Jun 18
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mkpladsen wrote: headings and then writing under them – Culture, Exercise, Food, Work, Weather, Money - well, mk, you can use the metadata and have a running record of what you write under those headings every day!! Amazing what you will discover! And those who moan over breaking a streak—use the schedule time off feature! No more broken streak over a missed day. There is so much to support us on 750words—let’s use it!! Yay 750!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Tue, Jun 18
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I thought I might use up a cup of coffee asking if other writers here have a pattern for their writing. Lately I started putting in headings and then writing under them – Culture, Exercise, Food, Work, Weather, Money – etc. I find it easier to focus that way. Anyone else have any methods they’d like to share?

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Mon, Jun 17
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So grateful! Old habits are hard to break and good habits are hard to make. Thanks so much for the structure and the help!! -Zelder

Testimonial Note from La on Mon, Jun 17
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Log in everyday and keep writing!! -Zelder

One Month Challenge Bounty from La on Mon, Jun 17
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Joining 750words.com and writing everyday for over three months now has been incredible. Since making this commitment and keeping it, I’ve got a regular “column” with over 50 entries (also known as a blog but I like calling it a column). Plus I’ve launched a website. And the coolest news of all is I’ve recently been hired to join the writing team for a NY Times bestselling author. All from committing to writing 750 words everyday and following through~no matter what. Joining 750words.com has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Although I’ve called myself a writer for many years, now I’m actually living a writer’s life. Thanks for this awesome space! “A writer is one who writes.” Dorothea Brande

Testimonial Note from Candas Ifama Barnes on Sun, Jun 16
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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
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alec on Sun, Jun 16
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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thanks. Just thanks.

Testimonial Note from Michal Karni on Thu, Jun 13
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sandra on Wed, Jun 12
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 geophf on Mon, Jun 10