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

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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Sarah Burkett on Fri, Nov 23
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Today, my story Not For Sale was published at Fiction365 (http://www.fiction365.com/2012/11/not-for-sale/). Without this lovely site, that might not have happened. The importance of writing every day is so completely supported by 750words.com that I am able to sometimes do something worth sharing with people! Thanks for helping me keep the habit of writing every day!

Testimonial Note from Luna Veritas on Fri, Nov 23
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I am within days of my NaNoWriMo Badge here on 750words, and dancing around the room! AND my One Year Badge, too! 750words has taken me to being a daily writer, such a long-held-off dream. Love it!!! Even with all the frustrations of the site…

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Fri, Nov 23
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I used to sit for a long time at the computer just staring off into the infinite void and wondering….what the hell am I going to write about today? For me, it is a struggle to get the ball moving in the first place when it comes to writing. Since I discovered 750words.com, I have stopped asking myself what I am going to write. Instead I just put fingers to keyboard and let fly. Sometimes it is for my novel, other times it serves as a great journal to hash out weird thoughts.

Thanks 750words and Buster! You rock!

Testimonial Note from Hallie Warren on Wed, Nov 21
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It feels absolutely wonderful to re-connect with my “Writing Self” on this site. When I first found 750words.com, I launched in and was able to sustain a 180 day streak, racking up badges and producing over 100,000 words. And then, I just stopped. Dried up. All of my other writing (blogs, promotional pieces for my business, etc.) also ground to a screeching halt. I realize that I have been away for 9 months — so something new was clearly gestating in my unconscious.
Now I am on a 10-day streak, and have started a new blog where the new ideas are birthing and finding a voice. Thank you, 750, for being here as a foundation for my writing, and a place to “prime the pump” for the voice that I now realize must be allowed to flow.

Testimonial Note from MaryBeth Davison Smith on Wed, Nov 21
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Not until I came to 750 words was I able to do Morning Pages. The last several years I’ve gotten too caught up in my handwriting: too loose, too crabbed, too crooked—and which journal, which pen, all of which made me crazy. And sustained typing wasn’t much fun after an elbow energy.

Well, next week (if all goes well) I’ll have a 100 day streak. My mind is friendlier and more accessible to me, and my typing is smoother.

I joined this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, November) with the goal of producing a 50,000 word manuscript. I won’t make that goal, and it’s okay because I have in place the foundation for a memoir that I’m going to feel good about. I’ve captured insights in 750 Words and will be able to use certain passages as they are. I couldn’t have done it without you.

When I finish the book, tentatively titled “Celebrating This Body, This Life,” I’ll be sure to put the word out here. I’m thinking it may take up to a year to do it right: lots of fast writing, lots of rearranging pages, lots of editing. It’s all good.

Testimonial Note from LYNN PARK on Wed, Nov 21
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500 days, 600,000 words. See what a chimpanzee with a typewriter can accomplish?

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Nov 21
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Double Down on Charity Note from Sofia M. on Wed, Nov 21
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Sofia M. on Wed, Nov 21
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I earned my MFA in fiction last May and was terrified of having no one to be accountable to out in the “real world.” 750 words has kept me honest. It makes me write every day, something even my professors couldn’t do, and I’ve become very protective of my 124 day (and going!) streak. Thanks to this site, I no longer fear writer’s block, because I know I can work through it. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Simms on Tue, Nov 20
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I am so happy I found this site! I wrote three pages by hand for a little more than two years then, somehow, jsut got out of the habit. It was very difficult to get started again. 750 Words has been my answer. The badges are silly…and so very effective for me. The daily brain drain is stimulating my creativity, making room for many ideas and, a side benefit is my typing speed is increasing with the daily practice. Thanks so much, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Martha Heaton on Tue, Nov 20
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I absolutely love this site. it is great for the decluttering of the mind!

Testimonial Note from Lylli Ariella Hughes on Mon, Nov 19
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No real words of wisdom here. Just write. Oh, and this. Apply velcro to your seat (both) and attend to the page. And maybe this. For those of us who need to write, there isn’t any other game in town.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Meredith Curtin on Mon, Nov 19
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I heard about 750words one morning in August from a dear midwife friend. We were having coffee at Midtown settled in near the fireplace, exchanging stories about our kids, endeavors, births (hers, I’m retired from active midwifery), our usual monthly catchup. I became so excited about the site that when I returned home, I signed up and wrote my first words. I did not have time for 750, but I have made the time all but two days since. I have used 750words to train myself to daily writing, even it it’s drivel, because I knew that in order to write the 50K towards my novel during the NaNoWriMo, I’d have to write daily or get so far behind I’d not reach the word count for my first draft. 750words provided me the inspiration and platform to write to my goal, and I’m pleased to say that I am where I need to be for the middle of the month. I’ve enjoyed the personality of the website, the badges, and the opportunity to prove to myself I can write, sometimes quite well. THANKS to Buster and his brainchild!

Testimonial Note from Elise Eldred Kimmons on Sun, Nov 18
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This is day one for me, a newly hatched egg with aspirations of becoming a turkey. My writing has been stunted and stagnant for over a year and a half now. Before then, I could write thousands of words in a sitting, day after day after day. I just couldn’t run out of ideas and the words to express them. I wrote 10,000 words in a sitting once. So what happened? My grandmother, a great inspiration in my life, passed away. She was more than an inspiration to me though; she was safety and comfort and love, and without those things I found I could not do much at all. The rest of my life I have rebuilt, but my writing still suffers, is still a withered and lifeless thing in need of breath and motion. And here, I hope I can find the life in it again, through these baby steps of 750 words a day. Hope is an odd emotion for me, glinting out of reach like a bit of bottle glass in beach sand, worn smooth by waves and time. Is this for me? Dare I pick it up and carry it with me? As I hatch from my egg, I say to myself and to you, yes. I dare. Also, I wish I actually had a piece of beach glass. I used to. I wonder where it went?

Testimonial Note from The Fisher Kitty on Sun, Nov 18
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from N on Sun, Nov 18
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New Badges?

I just got my 365 badge, love it!!! Are any new badges on their way???

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Sun, Nov 18
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Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Tim Yarham on Sat, Nov 17
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Tim Yarham on Sat, Nov 17
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Good luck to everyone participating in NaNo. I hope you all finish!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amber Hawkins on Fri, Nov 16
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I am a failed writer who fails with each additionally word. I am lonely. The white screen is lonely. Nothing is being said. So I fill it. There’s still more white than black, but I tried. Let’s use the whiteness as a sail and find things to fill it with. It will be the greatest adventure of all time. Follow me.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Nov 16
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Nov 16
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Fri, Nov 16
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Technical glitch help

I couldn’t sign in because of a technical glitch yesterday and broke a 65 day streak and my November challenge. I would gladly pay for the privilege of being able to access help in such a situation, as neither feedback option resulted in any response. Saddened, but writing again.

New Feature Request Note from Debra Lynn on Thu, Nov 15
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 15
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 15
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 15
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Good luck! It’s fun~ u

One Month Challenge Bounty from Banana on Thu, Nov 15
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This site has helped me decompress after tough interviews and exams, as I’m able to write out all my thoughts without having to tie anyone to a chair to listen to my ranting and raving about what went well and what didn’t. Today especially, it helped me put everything into perspective and get my mind back on a positive path for the future as I search for the right job for me. I believe that I missed an important issue in a written test, yet on the way home received a call for an interview for a different position, and that brought up a lot of conflicting emotions. Through my writing here, I’ve been able to see what my next steps need to be, and now no one else is subjected to my emotional confusion. They may not thank you directly for this site, but I know they would if they realized what it did for them, through me!

Testimonial Note from Diane Neff on Thu, Nov 15
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November 15th, halfway point in NaNoWriMo and 750words made it possible. 12 days from my One Year Badge! And SOOOO happy to see the weather widget working—hope it never goes on the blink again. 750words is like a favorite coffee shop—gotta get my fix every morning! Thanks to all the team who make it work!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Thu, Nov 15