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

1 cup

This is an amazing challenge, and if anyone can complete it they deserve at least three handfuls of chocolate. Warm, luscious chocolate.
Oh, and this cup of patronage!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Brian Tyrrell on Wed, Apr 10
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I’ve been writing, off and on, for the past ten years or so, morning pages, those pages from The Artist’s Way. But at some point, I fell off . . . and stopped writing. But lately, I felt the need to write, to work out some projects (plays, screenplays) that I’m working on, and some emotional stuff, and sitting down to write in a journal isn’t working. Coming here to write, to write those 750 words, has helped me to develop my work, and to creatively work through my own issues (as well as those of my characters), and do it easily. I took the April challenge and, on the second day of the month, I put off writing all day until all of a sudden I remembered I needed to write but it was too late. It was the next day. I beat myself up a bit, and then moved on. I’ve now had four days in a row and I’m determined to make writing my 750 words a creative habit. And I look forward to writing tomorrow.

As silly as the badges are, I have to thank you for them. They are incentives and it’s good to see them accumulating . . . well, when I see them accumulate.

This is a joy and a wonder. Thanks for creating the site, and for all of you out there writing, thank you for the creative energy and the support to write.

Testimonial Note from HD Motyl on Wed, Apr 10
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More badges for accomplishments

How about a badge for 1,000,000 words? I am getting close :)

I also wondered how many people use the site now. Is there any way that you could include that feature?

Thanks for inspiring me to write daily!!

Peace & Love,
Holly M. <><

New Feature Vote from Holly White Roddam on Wed, Apr 10
3 cups

For this challenge a bounty.

May the words flow freely from mind to page, fellow explorers of the what-may-be. Travel far and wide, adventure freely in the realms of the possible. Yet tarry not too long, lest awed by wondrous improbability you fail to return at all.

Remember, this is not a one way journey we undertake; but rather a trade route between the imagination and reality, the reification of ideas to writing, like the arrival of precious caravan.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alex Blue on Tue, Apr 09
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THANK YOU :)

Testimonial Note from Ania on Tue, Apr 09
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750 words is great! It has really helped me clear my mind and even helped me in writing. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Jordan on Tue, Apr 09
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I wrote if I failed at my first attempt at a monthly challenge I would give this site $4. I ended up giving $8. It’s a great incentive to try harder. And once again I will sign up for the challenge and try to keep my streak going.

Testimonial Note from Sara Lilley on Tue, Apr 09
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The ongoing conversation about transitioning the site to a subscription model finally tipped my hand into becoming a patron this month. 750words has become a place that I pour out thoughts, work on problems with narratives and develop new character thoughts. Yes, I snarl at it from time to time, babbling about nothing to reach my words for the day, but in the end it’s always worth it. Thanks, Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Susan on Tue, Apr 09
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This writer is just a college age guy who struggles to make a living – but hey! A site like 750 words is worth a donation or three. I was recommended to this lovely place from a long-time writing buddy – and it has remained my comfort zone for creating the raw and unfiltered words that help me develop my hobby. 750 Words is the home of all of my half-brained story ideas as well as a haven for the occasional rant. And with a simple number, it gives someone like me the push to write /just enough/ to keep the grammatical juices flowing.

Testimonial Note from Mike Melrose on Mon, Apr 08
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Hot Topics

You would make a list of hot topics… things of interest in the world of news… topics like global climate change, local heroes, my weather, careers, family, health, food, … general topics like that. We could then choose one of those 50 or so topics for our writing that day which we would tally by checking that box and you would at the end of the day note which of the multiple topics were that day’s Hot Topic!

New Feature Request Note from Claire Anderson on Mon, Apr 08
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Who could’ve predicted that you would CHANGE my LIFE! Yes, you did. I don’t write every day, but when I’m in town I’m usually writing more than the 750 wds and usually doing something that helps me reach my writing goals, which is awesome. My partner says why do you need a site to write? He doesn’t understand the importance of partnership! Even the unseen partnerships that this site represents. I feel like someone else in the world is interested and keeping track of my writing! I love that! It motivates me! I love that! It inspires me! I love that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Testimonial Note from Claire Anderson on Mon, Apr 08
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I am having a very painful time in my love life, the kind of thing that is life changing. I am devastated and it’s been a week of not sleeping and 3000 words entries. This is just the beginning and the mere fact that I am reaching out here should tell me about how much help I need.
I have passed from being numbed and crying, to yell and demand answers, and they are being denied to me. Writing has helped me think and while I am far from fixing this pain, I’ll use it to get some clarity before I need to face things.
When I signed up I did it so I could practice my writing in English, and now I am doing some soul searching. I compare my notes from before this happened and now, and I see that I have no doubts about my love, if only makes me feel I am right. It also shows me that what could be asked of me is something I thought I would never do, and I need to fix that if I ever want to be with him again.
Thank you, and if somebody else is reading this, think of it as a sad message in a bottle that would like some cheering. Please. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Megumi Terui on Mon, Apr 08
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Apr 08
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More badges for accomplishments

Perhaps a badge for returning to write after an extended (14 days+) drought.

New Feature Vote from Caitlin on Mon, Apr 08
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Thank you!

Testimonial Note from elizabeth merchant on Sun, Apr 07
1 cup

Everyone who knows me is aware of how much I love living in the Napa Valley. But for a writer it has one huge drawback. The weather is so perfect that most of the year I find it almost impossible to confine myself to the house and write.

I have tried the lap top in the lawn lounge, but my dogs consider me in any resting position a play invitation. I test drove moving my computer to the balcony. It seemed the perfect solution, sun, soft breeze and a coffee refill almost within arms reach. It didn’t work. I forgot about all our delightful, retired neighbors walking their dogs, or simply enjoying the fresh air passing in a steady stream, past our house and under the balcony. Everyone stopped to offer a greeting and like Idaho Farmers passing on a dirt road a “hello” leads to an hour long conversation. Being retired myself the pleasure of casual conversation was always enough to pull me away from the keyboard and my train of thought. After a week perched on the balcony I became a neighborhood attraction. Like a human humming bird feeder, scores of people that didn’t even live in the neighborhood were becoming regular visitors drawn to ask about how my book was coming along. I realized by week two that my writing career was going nowhere but my family of friends was growing like lawn weeds.

It’s been two years since I retired. Since author at home wasn’t working I dedicated a vacation to writing. I returned with a great tan, a ten pound weight gain, and fifty new e-mail friends. A cruise away from family and responsibility was just too wonderful to squander sitting at a desk in a windowless (cheap) stateroom. Besides the rocking and rolling of the of my abode in the bowels of the ship, accompanied by the thrumming of a million horse power diesel engine next door, chased my inner Muse back stateside.

I have resigned my ambition as a writer to the whims of the Napa Valley weather. Today it’s raining. I am dry and cozy with no desire to be anyplace other than in front of my computer writing. I don’t see a book in my future, unless my ability to speed type grows to exceeds five thousand words a minute, or the weather takes a drastic turn and we get a Seattle type winter of gray sky’s and rain sometime soon.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Campbell on Sun, Apr 07
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This month the challenge is even more special because I have also signed up for NaNoCamp, and I’m finally writing the book of tales I had in mind for years! I encourage you not to leave your projects appart and say “I’ll write that tomorrow”, because NOW is the only time you really have.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Gileblit on Sun, Apr 07
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Gileblit on Sun, Apr 07
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I liked seeing “Patron” in front of my name enough that I have subscribed. (But I need to let Buster know that his contact email as listed to me in PayPal was his old healthmonth address, and that needs to be changed.)

Testimonial Note from Joy Ralph on Sun, Apr 07
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You know what? I tend to write daily now. I’m not all the way there but I’m getting there. I grouse about stuff I don’t like, then when my head is clear, I get back to work. The writing I do on 750 words is part of my design process. It eventually goes onto my company website so we can pick it apart.

I love the idea of being grandfathered in, but come May 1st, I think I’ll just sign up to automatically donate $5 a month anyway. 750 has become that much of a part of my routine and process.

Just please tell me that Paypal isn’t the only option!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 06
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More stats on the Eternity page

I think it would be really fun if we could chart say, the most commonly used words on a greater than day-to-day timecourse, as well as the changes in mood. You show a little pie chart about whether or not we’re in a positive mood or a negative mood (it’s usually pretty accurate), and so it would be fun if we could see if that’s correlated with, certain words we use (am I less happy the more times I mention boss’s name?) or how often we write.

New Feature Vote from Cynthia T. Hsu on Sat, Apr 06
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An iPhone/iPad app

I would love this!

New Feature Vote from Olga Nunes on Sat, Apr 06
1 cup

750 words is like when you wake up with a bad hangover and you feel the immediate need to vomit. You are frantically looking around for the nearest restroom and FINALLY when you find it, you let loose. AND you feel like a champ, all of a sudden. Well, it’s not quite the same but when you have a lot on your mind, which is always the case for me, it’s a great way to just spew it out. (MMmmmmm…..yummy…..)
It’s been a wonderful release for me. It’s like having a best friend who is always there to listen with an open ear.

Testimonial Note from Emi Matsushita on Sat, Apr 06
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email BLAST(off!)

I like the personalized identity of the site, where it is all about the individual and his/her writings. When there are days that I am “off” and either unable to write or just tired of writing, it’d be rather neat if 750words caught on to my absence and sent a little email saying something encouraging like “Oh, how I’ve missed you. When will we spend time together soon?”. Just something short and sweet like that would be endearing.

New Feature Request Note from Emi Matsushita on Sat, Apr 06
5 cups

750words has been a wonderful tool in my life to help me process my thoughts and get my head clear to tackle the day. I have been amazed time and again at how therapeutic writing every day has been. In addition, the streak keeps me motivated to write and helps me to overcome many, many obstacles to writing that day’s entry, especially on certain days. Despite my grumbling that I have to write on those days, the feeling of accomplishment on the back end is hard to duplicate. I have found increased confidence in my ability to “finish what I start,” although I can’t say that that has been my strong point in the past. I am SO happy to be grandfathered into 750words membership. I am one that cannot afford a monthly fee, but I am happy to make donations now and again as I am able to. Thank you, Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Jeanette Cameron on Sat, Apr 06
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750 words just works! For now it is a daily thinking space, later on maybe I will use it for more focused projects. I love the clean, minimalistic page. It is refreshing and calming. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from franceti on Sat, Apr 06
1 cup

Hello 750words has been my special go-to place whenever I need to think out loud about work and life. I used this site a lot to especially when I was writing my master’s thesis. Using other writing tools was not the same.

Testimonial Note from Ed Guzman on Fri, Apr 05
1 cup

I have currently severely disabled and mostly housebound. Writing 750 words each day reminds me that I am still able to do something and gives me the motivation to continue striving for my dreams.

Testimonial Note from Tamara Epps on Fri, Apr 05
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Thank you for this site, and thank you for listening to your users! I would have paid to keep the access that 750 words provides, but it is good to know that in case I cant afford it in the future I will still have a place to write.

Testimonial Note from Peti on Fri, Apr 05
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

As lame as it may sound, it’s working toward the badges that keeps me on my streak sometimes I think. I get excited before a badge, and I am currently almost at my first flock. Badges are FUUUUN!

New Feature Vote from Cheney Giordano on Fri, Apr 05