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

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
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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 Mon, Jun 03
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
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Fiona Wilson on Mon, Jun 03
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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 geophf on Mon, Jun 03
1 cup

I am so thankful that 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 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 sees me through to a completed work of fiction! Thanks for all you do!

Testimonial Note from Amalie C. on Mon, Jun 03
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Em apoio aos usuários em Língua Portuguesa, eu digo: vamos escrever cambada. Escrever até os demônios serem todos expulsos e a paz reinar no mundo da arte. Uma palavra de cada vez.

Testimonial Note from Joelton Nascimento on Sun, Jun 02
2 cups

I had a bit of a drought from writing. Two and half years actually since I fell out of writing regularly and even then, I was not very motivated. Since I joined 750words, I have written significantly. Some of it has just been me spilling my guts out, others have been rough drafts. Regardless, this site has given me my motivation to write again.

Testimonial Note from Jalaperilo on Sun, Jun 02
1 cup

I’m one of those people who hoards notebooks. I have a shelf full of them, beautiful colors, exquisitely smooth paper and nice pens…and I am afraid to write in them, feeling that my words aren’t, well, worthy of those beautiful covers, that my thoughts and ideas are banal or ugly or stupid.

This site, though, simple, stripped down, and with a double motivation of wordcount and badges, has done what that shelf has never done: got me spilling into myself.

Some days my words give me the start of a blog post or story, some days it’s me plotting out my day or talking about a movie or book I just finished, some days I’m thinking about current events, some days, emotional spew. The site doesn’t care what the words are, only that they are words. The site is a non-judging friend who listens.

It’s been just over a month and I can’t tell you what an improvement this site has made on my life, my moods, my processes. If I get angry or upset, I tell myself I’ll put it in words here…later, and that helps me navigate the present moment; it’s gotten me trying things I wouldn’t have before—since starting I had the idea to write a blog and posted regular entries, plot out craft projects….

…in short it’s given me space to GROW, in 750 word babysteps.

Testimonial Note from Alexa Dacre on Sun, Jun 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Well, here’s my vote. I would also love to see an Android app, but I’d be happy with just an iPhone app either way.

Thank you for this website. It’s gotten me writing after ages of not being able to get a single sentence written.

New Feature Vote from M. Belle on Sun, Jun 02
1 cup

Being a beacon of light for many throughout the world deserves bountiful abundance. Kudos for creating a space for passive accountability. Love it!

Testimonial Note from Tina Brinkley Potts on Sun, Jun 02
1 cup

I don’t really write much. The only things that I would write are emails and technical documents. I rarely post long things in my social networks. So after seeing that this website was going to have a paid system by May 1 2013, I jumped on the opportunity of getting this service while it was free. I didn’t really like the site’s concept since I didn’t really write but I’m competitive, so the badges kept me motivated.

I may not write the best stuff but I think I am improving and enjoying it. If I keep on working on this I may end up self publishing my own fiction book. Who knows.

You don’t need to be the best writer to enjoy the site but working on your writing is better than just flat out giving up on it.

Here’s to hoping I get all the non-time based badges in the future (I’m asleep during those times).

Testimonial Note from Francisco Guzman II on Sun, Jun 02
1 cup
Customized Writing Goal

Perhaps this could be added to the settings area or somewhere else, but I wish we could change the writing goal from 750 to 1000 or more. This would help me reach my novel writing goal and make me more productive, since I tend to lose momentum or stop completely once the alert tells me I’ve reached 750 words.

Thanks for this site!

New Feature Request Note from Srey Khoy on Sat, Jun 01
1 cup

What an achievement it feels like to manage a month challenge and actually turn the words in. I have wanted to write a book on organs for years and now it is well on the way. The more I write the more is unlocked “behind” the scenes.

Thanks Buster – what looks like a simple idea IS changing lives! Keep writing you June Challengers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from David Howard on Sat, Jun 01
1 cup
A better mobile site

an app for the android would be amazing, i have a galaxy s 3 and would love if i could take this on the go a little easier.

New Feature Vote from Natasha Semans on Sat, Jun 01
1 cup

i have dealt with a lot in the last year.. so when i got my computer up and running again, i said.. what the hell and wrote. it was hard at first because i would run out of things.. but it helped me get over my depression and my eating disorder. this is an amazing website.

Testimonial Note from Natasha Semans on Sat, Jun 01
1 cup

When I first started on this site, I didn’t use it very much. I actually forgot I had one. It was right before May started where I actually thought to myself “I need to write more”, just so I can say “I wrote something today.” This site truly helps you let out anything that you’re keeping inside, and with its simplicity and helpfulness, it’s definitely beneficial to any and all writers.

Testimonial Note from Skarlett on Sat, Jun 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Adele Jacko on Sat, Jun 01
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I use this site to process my feelings and record my days events. As an aspiring writer 750 words encourages me to write every day. Even if I don’t do any other kind of writing I know that I’ll get those 750 words in.

Testimonial Note from Crystal Lachman on Sat, Jun 01
1 cup

I love this website. I find myself coming back to it throughout the day, once I’ve completed my words, whenever I have an issue I feel like I need to work out. If I don’t write in the morning, the ideas in my mind make focus on anything difficult all day.

Testimonial Note from Alexandra Sourisseau on Sat, Jun 01
1 cup

Bounty hunters? We don’t need their scum. I’ll complete the June challenge alive, no disintegrations.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Charles J on Sat, Jun 01
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I was introduced to 750words just last month, at one of the busiest times of my life. So far as daily writing is concerned, it was exactly the incentive I had been sub-consciously searching for. However, my first thought was that it had arrived at the wrong time. I debated postponing further engagement with the site until later in the year, when the other demand on my time would be less pressing. Further consideration (in the shape of my very first 750 words) led me to do otherwise. I was just in time to put myself in for the May challenge and signed up without further ado.

The past month has presented many challenges in the shape of finalising and defending my master thesis, finding a new apartment, searching and applying for jobs, preparing for interviews (in another language, one might add), and moreover struggling with the endless paperwork necessary to become a real person in Sweden. It could have been called foolish, to add another commitment to the already-teetering stack. However, far from the Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back, the act of writing my words each day became a cool oasis of tranquillity in the broiling maelstrom of stress and tension. The time spent on this site was a serene dome of glass between me and the shrieking ravens of detail that otherwise pecked and shredded my nerves. Far from aggravating my burdens, the daily writing helped me to cope. It gave me time to talk through things with myself, time to solve problems and plan the best use of my time. I made it through the whole month and have acquired a beautiful, if somewhat melancholy turquoise horse as a reward and souvenir.

With the most stressful period behind me, I’m aware that the habit of writing every day might vanish along with the last vestiges of adrenalin. That’s why I have signed up, again, for the next monthly challenge. I must not allow the habit of writing my words to flee when fair weather arrives. It is a practice not yet firm enough to be called engrained. I have made it through the inspiration of a heavy thunderstorm. Here comes the arid desert of an ordinary month. Will it be as easy to keep the pace without the incentive of exhaustion? I think not; but hope to anyway.

Wish me luck!

Testimonial Note from Victoria Payne on Sat, Jun 01