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’ve tried doing Morning Pages several times before, but was never able to maintain them for more than a week at a time. My wrist would ache so badly after writing for a while that I grew to dread the morning pages, and easily discarded them.

I’ve just finished my ninth day on 750words. After the first day, I’ve found myself looking forward (!) to getting up in the morning so I can get my words done. I can crank out over 1,000 words in less than 20 minutes! Dumping all the garbage out of my head makes the rest of the day lighter and more productive, even more creative. I love the stats, the badges, the checked off boxes indicating the days I’ve written, and the frequently used words feature. I have been creating found word poems from my frequently used words, and they crack me up. Thank you for this site.

Testimonial Note from Susan Rochester on Thu, May 16
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I got my Pterodactyl today! This after I lost a 100+ day streak over a stupid mistake back in October. The discipline of making time for this every day has spilled over into other areas of my life in a positive way. It gives structure to days when I don’t have work or meetings (there are not many of those). Thank you for this site. It means a great deal to me. On to the Pegasus!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Sterling on Thu, May 16
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I just wanted to say that I have been a member of 750 words for almost a year, but until now I have never written one word. I love to write and never understood why I didn’t use this site. I journal all the time. I type for a living. I am a 911 dispatcher and have to write all the time. I am beginning a new phase of my life and will be leaving my job as a 911 dispatcher after 19 years. I was married last January and I am moving to Mississippi to start my new life with my new, wonderful husband. My 22 year old daughter is continuing her education in Texas at the same time. We live in Washington State right now. This will be the first time she and I will have ever lived a part from each other. It will be a new experience. I am using this time as I write every day, to write notes to my daughter. I am starting from when I was pregnant with her and will work up until the age she is now. I spend the 750 words telling her the story of her life. As I pack our things, I will pack her boxes and each box I will put in an envelope with one day of my telling her about her. I will label each envelope with her name and a number starting with 1 and working forward. Each envelope will have at least 750 words, everything I write here. I hope when she open each box she will have a wonderful surprise from her mom who will miss her, and who loves her so much. I know she will succeed in anything she strives to do.
I just wanted to shared this with all of you. I’ll let you know how it goes, my writing to her gives me motivation to continue with this months challenge. Thank you for letting me share my dreams and my hopes for me and my daughter.

Testimonial Note from Shanna R Flanagan on Wed, May 15
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5 cups, one for each 100 days. Yep, I made it to 500 days and got the last badge for streaks. In that 500 days, I’ve changed jobs, homes, and myself, all for the better. Writing has made me see myself better and become stronger as I figured out mysteries buried in my head and heart. I’ve learned to let it all out here on the page and so thank you from the bottom of that clear heart to Buster and Kellianne for this safe and wonderful place.

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Tue, May 14
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Karen Hurd on Tue, May 14
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, May 14
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I hate to harp on the same string but Paypal forces you to accept their conditions. The first page lets you think that you are going to pay with your Visa card and then, it becomes Paypal and Paypal again. As long as I am not able to pay through any other means, as much as I love this site, I just won’t patronify. And am sorry I am not able to.

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Mon, May 13
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More badges for accomplishments

Somewhat childishly, I deeply enjoy this feature and would be glad of more badges to work towards.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, May 13
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Today, I passed 1 million words. What a milestone for me. Thank you Buster and Kellianne for keeping the site going. I appreciate you, the site, and the space to write. Take care, Vicky

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 12
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The stats on this site are the coolest thing I have ever seen, I’m so excited to use it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Laura Broder on Sun, May 12
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Failing this month’s challenge has inspired me to donate money (ah, guilt) and try again next month.

Testimonial Note from Sara Nerk on Sat, May 11
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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 Sat, May 11
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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 Fri, May 10
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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 Fri, May 10
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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 Fri, May 10
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Wed, May 08
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Wed, May 08
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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 Wed, May 08
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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 Wed, May 08
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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 Wed, May 08
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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 Wed, May 08
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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 Tue, May 07
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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 Tue, May 07
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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 Tue, May 07
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Scout Fox on Tue, May 07
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An iPhone/iPad app

Mobile 750 Words?? OH yeah!

New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Tue, May 07
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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 Tue, May 07
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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 Tue, May 07