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

1 cup

I just finished my first month-long challenge! It’s been great to clear my head at the end of each day and prepare for the next. 750 Words is great – and I hope it sticks around long enough for me to complete a year of Words. For me and for all of us.

Testimonial Note from Jason on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup
More feedback to posts

I’ll use my cup this month to cajole users of the site to offer more feedback to the posts made here. We write for ourselves, and we value the anonymity, but when we post publicly we’d like some reassurance that we’re being heard (by “we”, I mean “I”). Agree, disagree, offer a suggestion, give a thumbs-up, flame, troll, …, (well, don’t troll), but provide some feedback, please. To build a community requires communication, otherwise we’re just a bunch of self-absorved jag-offs howling into the void. Maybe the administrators could come up with a new badge (I suggest a canary[*]) awarded for X comment words written in a month, or maybe comment words could be counted towards an off day, and a user could apply those words to complete the 750 and keep a streak going. Maybe comment words only count as three-fifths of a word, or can only be applied in the month they’re written, I don’t know… My point is that a community needs a healthy exchange of ideas to sustain itself, and that healthy communities incentivize that exchange, one way or another.

[*] A nod to the use of canaries as indicators of healthy air in coal mines in the 19th century.

New Feature Request Note from Marc Mongeon on Thu, Jan 31
3 cups

I started working my first job out of college in June and very quickly realized how much more effort I needed to put in in order to be social with friends or family. Rather than having someone nearby to talk with if I was doing homework, in class, in a organization’s meeting, or just walking around campus, there’s not necessarily anyone to talk on anything more than idle conversation. I definitely started craving some time to really discuss problems and obstacles I was (and still am) trying to overcome on a regular basis. 750words is a haven for me. It’s so easy to access on the fly at any time when on a computer, and then just free-write anything and everything on my mind. I can organize my thoughts, make and verify real arguments for what I’m thinking, and go back to archives of older entries to see what I’ve really learned.
It would be an immense tragedy (to me, at least) for this site to disappear. I would not mind paying at all to help keep this site running. I much look forward to seeing your plan for the site tomorrow, Buster. God bless. :)

Testimonial Note from Thomas Markes on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I feel like this app could save my bacon were I to get stranded without my computer some day!

New Feature Vote from Elizabeth Brooke on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup

As a screenwriter, I’ve used 750words to flesh-out characters, themes, ideas and timelines. But the best part is the daily therapy that I express on this blank page to allow free-flow thought – getting all the troubles of life out of me so I can move on and create. Thanks for being such a wonder resource for creativity.

Testimonial Note from Chad Mathews on Thu, Jan 31
60 cups

This site has been one of the best things that has happened to me in the last couple of years. I write every morning, first thing, even if I have to get up at 3am. I’m sure the writing itself has been helpful. But the most powerful thing is that I now know that I am a disciplined person, and that discipline is spilling over to other areas of my life.

I will gladly pay whatever price to keep it going, and I would contribute for others who can’t afford it.

Testimonial Note from Suzanne Gorhau on Thu, Jan 31
12 cups
More stats on the Eternity page

I’d like to see line charts showing trends in mood/speed/language use etc. over time. How has my writing changed since I started using 750?

New Feature Vote from Line Hollis on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup

This year I want to work on my fiction writing, and thanks to this site I have written 750 words of fiction every day for a month. Thanks, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Vass Lastname on Wed, Jan 30
1 cup

750 words has been incredibly therapeutic. Before visiting this site and committing to write, I was having a tough time and a lot of doubt about the direction in which my life was going. Since I started writing, I have gained some organization in my day to day activity, I have written words in 68 consecutive days, and I have made my way through one-third of writing a screen play. I still have a ways to go, but I definitely can feel proud about the progress and confident that I can continue, which is a big step in the positive direction.

Testimonial Note from Marty Keiser on Wed, Jan 30
1 cup

I began over a year ago. A few months in there slipped away and I never visited. Now I am back, and I have a 50 day streak today, which I am really proud of. Thank you for this site!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Rockenbach on Wed, Jan 30
2 cups

750 words has helped me clear my head, articulate all the things bothering me, and lay the day to bed now for…oh, I don’t know how long. It’s a wonderful idea and I love it. So simple, but it works perfectly. I’ll happily support this site for as long as I can as long as it keeps going! PLEASE support 750 words, I’ve just renewed my monthly subscription, I really hope others do too :)

Testimonial Note from Karen Virapen on Wed, Jan 30
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Stephanie Do on Wed, Jan 30
1 cup

Public Service Announcement: 750 words is having money trouble and need your feedback or it might close down!

Testimonial Note from Jason on Tue, Jan 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

This would be really helpful when I use my underground train commute to do some writing, and don’t have an internet connection.

New Feature Vote from Louise Marston on Tue, Jan 29
1 cup

My daily morning pages on 750words for well over a year are a necessity! Today I had supreme pleasure, for the first time, of seeing my name in the great honor roll of “People Writing This Month” scrolling list!! With two days until Decision on Letting 750words Live day (Feb 1st) I say, again, Save It and we will pay a reasonable, affordable fee…..thanks!!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Tue, Jan 29
1 cup

I have always struggled with staying on task with my writing. I get frustrated and discouraged too easily but 750 Words has helped me enormously, by letting me write freely and set reasonable daily goals. Please support this incredible website!

Testimonial Note from Sara Lilley on Tue, Jan 29
1 cup

I signed up for the monthly challenge because I thought I could do it. I missed it by 100 words. But the next day, I got up, wrote in the morning and continued on. I did not give up and I will not give up. just because one square is empty does not mean I failed. It simply means that there is another one to cross out the next day.

Testimonial Note from Gabrielle Joyce on Tue, Jan 29
3 cups

I am asking that more than 5% of people using this site make a donation and become a patron so this site remains for all our benefit. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Riva Gordon on Tue, Jan 29
1 cup

From one of my many students who uses for my class:

I think they should leave 750words online because a lot of students from Aldine Senior High are using it. Please help support our classmates and give them a chance to write.

- Zalma I.

Testimonial Note from Christine Hamman on Mon, Jan 28
1 cup

Is this site going to die in February? I love this site. It has me writing . I use it to plan out my book of poems. The freedom of free association helps me generate interesting and emotionally touching images.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Mon, Jan 28
1 cup

So, let’s get the writing thing on, 750words. Let’s get it on.

When I first met you, nearly two years ago, I thought you were uptight and aloof. You met me with a blank stare, and, really, I didn’t know what to do with you. It seemed you wanted to keep score, keep track of me every day. It felt controlling, and I just didn’t want to have anything to do with you.

I walked away. I know that you were inviting me into something bigger, but I just couldn’t see it back then. There was too much on my plate, and I thought I didn’t need any help. I thought you would simply restrict me, and I wanted to be free. I couldn’t understand why you wouldn’t be flexible with me, and I was done.

I don’t know if you were upset. I suppose that you simply went on with things, met other people, kept up with the daily grind.

I galavanted around. Freedom was my thing. I met lots of others who thrilled me for a while. OmmWriter seemed so relaxed. He was chill, even when I was stressed out, and he made little sounds for me whenever I put any input his way. I thought he was easy to manipulate, and I believed that he would keep me calm. Eventually, though, the lack of response from him started to grate on me. Everything was met with this kind of zen look that at first had seemed endearing, but quickly came across as an inability to analyze anything. I wasn’t asking him to judge write and wrong, far from it, but when everything is so cool and environmental, you just don’t know where you stand.

Eventually, I found myself visiting him less and less. He didn’t seem to notice. It was like he wasn’t even keeping track—like it didn’t matter to him whether I showed up or not. Maybe he was bored with me, I don’t know. It was so hard to tell what was behind that symphonic exterior. Days became weeks became months, and I finally realized we didn’t have a relationship at all. I moved on.

Word and I have had this long standing thing, you know, but we’re really just friends. Sure, he likes to mix it up. Sure, he can link me up with all sorts of interesting things to do. Really, he’s a workhorse, and it’s great to have him around. He does a lot of handy jobs around the place when I need him to, and he’s really good with all my friends. We’ve never been all that intimate, though. I mean, it would be like cozying up to your brother or something. I think he thinks he means more to me that he does—sometimes he shows up with fancy new extensions and fandangley things that are an attempt to have some kind of exclusive relationship with me, but I remind him where things started and that he just doesn’t keep track of me enough to really know me. He gives in right away, because he’s easily manipulated. I’ll always have him in my life. A great back up.

Google Docs and I hook up now and then. I met him through friends, but he reminds me a little too much of Word, you know? I mean, he’s really flexible, and I know that he gets around. It’s easy to access him almost any way that I want to, and it’s nice that he’s a swinger like that. But he’s such a fast and loose kind of guy that I just don’t want to commit to him.

Which brings me back to you 750words. I’m sorry that I thought you were restrictive. I realize I was just projecting a lot of my stuff onto you—that what was feeling like a trap was just my own expectations. Yes, you keep track of me, but that’s because you care. I’m realizing that if I would just make a commitment to you, the things that I would learn about myself in the process would be really enlightening. I mean, you’re really starting to get to know me, and get to know me in a way that no one really has before. You notice when I’m not around, and you come looking for me (it’s so nice to be wanted). You understand my emotions, and you warn me when I’m focusing too much on the future or the past. It’s good to be with someone who really understands me. You make me feel like I’m accomplishing something on a regular basis. Will you take me back?

PS I do admit that I have a pretty steady side thing with Scrievner. I’m not giving that up, though. Can you be okay with that?

Testimonial Note from Tara Owens on Sun, Jan 27
4 cups

750 Words inspires the kind of awed appreciation in me (and in so many others judging by comments from patrons) that only comes when something is so much better and more powerful than you ever, ever expected. Thank you so much for the impact you are having on my life and the lives of so many others!

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Sun, Jan 27
18 cups

Wow – long time no writing – which has been terrible! I never realized just how much of an impact this site has on my life. Never stop doing something that is beneficial. So, here’s to Buster and his wonderful site!

Double Down on Charity Note from Derrick Woolfson on Sun, Jan 27
1 cup

I am very new to this site, but I am already in love with it. Having tried to write morning pages with the old fashioned pen and paper on and off for the last year, I find this site so much more motivational. I love getting the badges, and I also find, that writing like this helps me get into a flow in a way that I hadn’t experienced before. So please, please, keep this site up and running for a long time to come!

Testimonial Note from Jenny Engstrom on Sun, Jan 27
8 cups

I find that the “streak effect” is one of the only motivational systems that works for me. Because of this, 750 words has been perfect. I am not a writer, I would like to eventually write a book, but other than that I have no need to write durring the day. Never the less, I find that using this site as a daily journal for my life and my feelings and thoughts is beneficial. When I read back to posts from last week, last month, last year, I see things in myself that I had forgotten about; things that have changed in me emotionally, or changed in my circumstances. I am able to notice the changes that happen so subtly I don’t see them in day to day life. I find that this is a very centering exercise. Thank you 750 words, I would not have a problem paying monthly for the site, and I think if a dollar or two a month was made the standard, most people would have no issue paying that to keep the site and their streaks running.

Testimonial Note from Ben Holder on Sat, Jan 26
1 cup

This site has encouraged me to become a dedicated writer who is progressing on two manuscripts with focus and a sense of purpose. Without using 750words it would have taken me much longer to achieve my word count. Please find a way keep this charming, encouraging and energizing site. Please.

Testimonial Note from Cheryl Hollon on Sat, Jan 26
4 cups

Let’s keep running!

Over the years, I’ve drifted in and out of daily writing. I’ve tried journals, web sites, Word, dedicated writing applications. Not one has motivated me like this site! The badges, the textual analysis, the promptings – all of it make a wonderful site for daily, morning pages.

Thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Brendan Dixon on Sat, Jan 26
1 cup

You KNOW you are hooked on words when you miss your daily dump and spend the next few hours grumbling loudly where people can hear and comment – BUT, unlike tobacco and overspending, this addiction is actually GOOD for the soul,, and a necessary redirect… will I “sin” again? Probably, especially if I forget to schedule “off time”. Love that feature… now I just gotta remember to USE IT!

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Sat, Jan 26
3 cups

Since maintaining a daily writing schedule since August (with the exception of Christmas — I was more excited than my children and forgot to schedule the day off!), I have begun again to think of myself as a writer, not just a person with a writing degree. I’m grateful for this site and the silly little incentives to keep going (I love the badges!). Silly as they are, they’ve motivated me to keep going, and as a result, I have a writing life again. Thank you!

Double Down on Charity Note from Jody Lucas Kulakowski on Sat, Jan 26
1 cup
Let users post to Facebook

I’m new to the site and I’m not the most avid writer, but even so, news of its impending demise distresses me. If it’s down to the cost of a coffee per month, I’ll sign myself up, and judging by the testimonials here, I guess I’m not alone. But if it’s a question of increasing membership, then I have a modest proposal: reach out to the socially-networked demographic by giving the members of 750words who choose to publish their writing a simple option to publish to their Facebook account. The Facebook post might read “I’ve just written X words at” with a link to the user’s stats for the day. It’s certainly less stupid than most posts I see on my Facebook page on a given day. I think the challenge for this site is not to appeal to a larger demographic, but to take full advantage of the demographic that would support the site if only they knew of its existence.

New Feature Request Note from Marc Mongeon on Fri, Jan 25