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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I haven’t been writing here for very long, only having joined in late April, but I’m amazed at how much I look forward to writing every day. So far my writing has been mere ramblings, a few random stories, diary type entries, and some full of soul searching, but I’m really glad I’ve found this place. It’s nice to know I can keep track of my thoughts and feelings through this site.

I also love the badges, I think that having something fairly competitive has helped me to really want to come back every day. I know if I miss a day I’ll lose my streak and I don’t want to. Now I know that, I keep looking forward to the next badge I get to upgrade to!

Testimonial Note from Brettney on Sun, May 12
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way to go! signing up is great fun, and 750 is a venue that inspires & motivates. i’ll add to the winner’s bounty, a cup of inspiration shared! our creativity changes our lives & our world. thank you, kellianne & buster, for an encouragement to free those 750+words every day. ~ great love, river lark ~

One Month Challenge Bounty from river lark madison on Sat, May 11
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What I like about, besides everything, is the metadata. I can write:

WATER: 1 bottle on my commute to work

And will save that under WATER: for that day, and any other time I write:

WATER: 1 bottle during meeting

750 words accumulates that and stores the result in a graph, so I can see that I’m drinking water (or not) during the day, and see the trend during the week and the month.

Better for me, I have trending WEIGHT: and JOG: tags so I can compare my weight trends to the number of miles I jog or just keep track of if and when I’m jogging, or do I have weight gain or loss, and why.

Do you know how much people pay for these kinds of services?

It even has things that I invent like TODO: tags, so I can see what I need to do during the day match that against my CHORE: tags and then, even look at ALL my TODO: tags throughout my entire life on … did I have a TODO: from years ago that I never got around to? saves that.

I commute to work every day, one way is 2.5 hours. That used to be void time for me, where I’d sit and play games on my iPhone, like everybody else, or listen to music. Downtime is good, but now, I’m writing during that time, 1000+ words, and I find being able to express my thoughts or write a piece of fiction, get that published and peer reviewed, or write a new article for a math journal, and have that all recorded in has increased my productivity in my job and opened new vistas for me to explore and to exploit.

I like It’s an effective existence system that helps to keep me on track and helps me to plan big and then plan bigger, tracking my accomplished goals.

Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from geophf on Sat, May 11
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Whenever there’s something i can’t tell anyone else, or i feel no one else will understand, i come to this site and just purge it. All unfiltered. It always makes me feel better.

Testimonial Note from Elle J on Sat, May 11
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Thu, May 09
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Thu, May 09
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I have only been writing for a week and I’m really proud of my 7 day streak. This place is fast becoming the home of my deepest desires, maddest thoughts, and most inspired ideas (sometimes all in the same sentence). This is a cathartic and creative experience and if I feel this good after a week I can’t imagine how good I’ll feel at the end of my 30 day challenge. Loving the journey! Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Sara Stafford-Williams on Thu, May 09
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I just snagged a Phoenix – minutes ago. What’s great about that is what came on her wings. I suppose you could say with all the distance and flapping something had to shift and so it has – everything! ‘Sit with it’ (aka don’t just DO something, sit there) has become my new compass. After one hundred days of writing / dumping / getting out of the way 750 words at a time I am free to move about the universe and so choose to sit right here. If life gets any sweeter, I can’t quite say what all I’ll NOT do! Look out. The daily concerns, mountains to climb, malcontents to deal with, willfulness all remain but only as signposts, not as life-sentences or cheap suits I can’t stop myself from slipping into. Come to sit with it, I don’t believe I’ll wait for NaNoWriMo to get my book on. Stay tuned. I wish more and the same for each of you!

Testimonial Note from Word Skwirl on Thu, May 09
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I have been writing on this site for almost two years, almost every day. It just recently occurred to me that instead of jotting down notes or working on a novel or keeping a diary, I could use it to write quick drafts of short stories. I have decided to write a story a day for a year, then I’ll see what I have. Thanks for giving me the structure to do that; I hope I make it!

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Thu, May 09
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Writing used to be stressful for me; I knew I wanted to write, but always had problems with it. Since starting to use this site, I’ve discovered that I no longer stress about it. It’s helped me realize that it’s not important WHAT I write, so long as I am writing something. Writer’s block? Just pick something different to write about!

Testimonial Note from Vanity Shion on Thu, May 09
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Titles for Entries

We can’t all remember on what day we wrote a particular entry, making it difficult to search for an old story. While the search option is available for key words, It would be great if we could title our daily entries and create an archive based on title in addition to (or in lieu of, or as a preference option) the current archive by date.

New Feature Request Note from Lauren on Wed, May 08
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I signed up for this site 9 days ago, and I can honestly say that it’s already helped me enormously get back into the discipline of writing. While I’m good at fulfilling short-term goals (i.e., I “won” NaNoWriMo this past November), it’s far more difficult for me to keep writing to write. By providing a clear goal of 750 words a day, I often find myself breezing through that and continuing onward. I realize now that my issue isn’t a lack of words, but a lack of motivation. 750words has helped re-motivate me, and I look forward to continuing to write each and every day here on out. Thanks for getting me back on track!

Testimonial Note from Lauren on Wed, May 08
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You know, all those thoughts about writing a book and nothing happened for ages until I was introduced to 750 words. Now the “grab” of wanting to achieve the daily 750 words is dragging (non-reluctantly!) the text out which will (he says positively!) be that book! The badges and monthly challenges do really work! Great implementation of a really great idea – thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from David Howard on Wed, May 08
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I’m back! I enjoy the beauty of a new blank slate every day… and a new month to try this challenge again. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Liz Flynn on Wed, May 08
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It takes few minutes to write 750 words without worrying of anything. What to write? Just write anything, So what? So what you write everyday will transform your life from where you are now to where you will be in your own universe. Just write, write, and write. The human spirit will come to your aid after a while. Just free your body, your mind, your heart, and your soul. Join us today with just $5 a month… make a smart move today… you will feel good about yourself. Congratulations!

Testimonial Note from Fortunato Longok on Wed, May 08
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Scout Fox on Wed, May 08
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An iPhone/iPad app

Mobile 750 Words?? OH yeah!

New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Wed, May 08
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750 words is my therapist. I’ve hashed out a lot of internal coat-hanger tangles just by coming here and throwing up on the screen. It’s low-distraction, high-reward writing because the pressure is off. It’s just me and the page. No deadlines, no required topics, and no boundaries.

I just love it, and am so grateful for Buster and Kellianne. I donate as often as I can.

Jason B

Testimonial Note from Jason Barmer on Wed, May 08
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I didn’t have time this afternoon to get home between two meetings to write my Words, but I knew that I wanted to get them in because I have another meeting tonight. I also didn’t have any portable device with me. Solution? I popped into a local library and I am keying this in on one of their public computers. How fabulous is it that this site is available in so many different ways. Their keyboard is slower than mine, but it’s free and it works. Bravo 750 Words and the public library system in this country!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Wed, May 08
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I am a writer—at least, I keep telling myself I am—but what I mostly am is an editor. I can say with no false modesty that I’m actually a pretty good editor. Unfortunately, it’s a hard thing to turn off when I’m writing. 750Words is helping me learn to do that. I appreciate the many ease-of-use features you’ve implemented: the word count popup, the linguistic analysis, the statistics. That makes it sound like I’m still obsessing like an editor, but actually having everything at my fingertips helps me relax. I don’t have to hand-count anything, don’t have to reinvent the wheel, don’t have to reread and criticize myself. I can just settle into the writing process. Thanks for that.

Testimonial Note from Barrie Trinkle on Tue, May 07
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Whether or not I can manage every day, whether or not I do pen-and-paper days that don’t give me badges, 750 Words reminds me every day to use my voice and that is invaluable.

What with all these changes I can’t actually see if I am a subscriber or a patron or how many paid months I have left, but I’m assuming Kellianne & co. are working on an interface for that as I type this.

Thank you for all you do. I think grandfathering in current subscribers with free accounts was a fantastic idea—I’m sure it made things more difficult on your end but you felt strongly that it was the right thing to do, so you did it, and that’s just awesome.

Testimonial Note from Nivair on Tue, May 07
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Secure server for writing

Privacy and reliable backups!

New Feature Vote from Nivair on Tue, May 07
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I appreciate the honesty that I face each time I have let time slip by without writing on 750. I look at the empty boxes and will myself to get back on the horse and gallop the rest of the month. I am grateful to be reminded that now is always a good time to get back to writing. After all, I can’t call myself a writer if a day goes by without words.

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Tue, May 07
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This is actually a go-and-ahead-and-pay-my-debt note, since I managed to fail this particular monthly challenge on the second day of the month. Yes, there were extenuating circumstances, but the debt needs to be paid. But I find 750 Words so helpful as a means of clearing my brain that I’m going to try to get through the rest of May with no more stumbles. Thanks for the badges and incentives, 750 Words: they keep me motivated to write!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Kathleen on Mon, May 06
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It’s a sanctuary. Let all of the pain and the gratitude just spill out of my fingers onto the keyboard into this pot. How it helps!

Testimonial Note from Friday316 on Mon, May 06
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I’m so happy to have this site to return to. There is something about the formality of the format that is engaging. Something about the result being put out in the world even if it is only for me to read that is very different than my writing and saving something in Word. I like it. That is me today with this site. Thanks for continuing to make it happen. Proud to be a patron.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Harris on Mon, May 06
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Claris on Sun, May 05
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Claris on Sun, May 05
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I actually got a job thanks to 750 words. I was able to tell my potential boss honestly that I’d written at least 750 words every day for more than a year. It helped. Sadly, now that I’m writing daily in my job, my writing on 750 words has dropped off. I hope to get back to it soon. Thanks, Buster. You helped me a LOT with this site.

Testimonial Note from Laura Gjovaag on Sun, May 05
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I write at the end of the day. I look forward to being able to say exactly what I think, to make sense or nonsense, to babble, to repeat myself, to struggle, to soar, to save myself here and now.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Sun, May 05