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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New Feature Vote from Mikkel Snyder on Fri, Apr 12
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I hadn’t used this site in awhile and now that I’m back, I’m relaxed and happy. This is a no muss, no fuss site, no issues, just log in and write.
The new changes are more than generous and even though I will be a lifetime member, I donated as I will continue to do.

Thanks for this site.

Testimonial Note from Karin Goldberg on Fri, Apr 12
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750 Words is absolutely fabulous. Been looking for something like this for a while now. I love writing “sketches” every day to keep my head clear, brainstorm and do some warm up writing before the serious stuff. This site is perfect for this and keeps you disciplined in a nice way. Great work, keep it up!

Testimonial Note from Espen Solheim on Thu, Apr 11
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Thank you for continuing 750 Words to existing users free of charge, I will definitely donate when I use the site. It is a great place to dump thoughts and clear my head.

Keep up the great work, it is very appreciated!

Testimonial Note from shadow_seeker on Thu, Apr 11
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New Feature Vote from Allison Cabellon on Thu, Apr 11
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To me, being able to use this site to track my mood, frame of mind, and world view is incredibly valuable. No one else offers this in such a streamlined form. Any additional features in this vein would be greatly appreciated.

New Feature Vote from robin beru on Thu, Apr 11
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Thank you very much for the opportunity you have provided for existing members to continue without charge. I was prepared to give financial support and will do so beginning in May. I have always been a writer, but mostly in my head. Since I discovered 750 Words, especially in recent months, I have become an active writer. I am on a 73-day streak and this is my third challenge month. I don’t know if I would keep the habit without the nudge and incentive of this web site. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Sheila Kulycky on Thu, Apr 11
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Joshua Nelson on Thu, Apr 11
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Improve Export

It would be nice to download a zip file with all your writing to-date, as well as zip files for each year. It would also be nice if they could be formatted in both .txt and .xml formatting – so if you wanted to import your writing into a blog form or more easily into a book.

New Feature Request Note from Joshua Nelson on Thu, Apr 11
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More text analysis

Why isn’t there a sex category? Like, how is it that I can write an entry that’s 90% about sex and it says I’m mostly concerned with eating/drinking, success, and leisure? That’s kinda weird. Awesome site, though, thanks!

New Feature Vote from Audra Puchalski on Thu, Apr 11
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The faster i write and the less restraint i have, the better i write. This site is the home of the shaggy, growling and menacing first drafts of my poems.
Fifteen or twenty minutes is all it takes to get 750 words, but when i am done the sun is shining a bit brighter despite the clouds or the rain.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Thu, Apr 11
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Joshua Nelson on Wed, Apr 10
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An iPhone/iPad app

It would be nice to be able to upload your pages or copy-n-paste via a phone when you are away from a computer.

New Feature Vote from Joshua Nelson on Wed, Apr 10
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Coming back after over a year, I feel encouraged that you are still here. Still emailing me gentle reminders, still here with my password, my old words, a page waiting for new ones. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. $5/month is a tiny price to pay for the gift that is 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Gray on Wed, Apr 10
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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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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 Tue, Apr 09
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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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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 Mon, Apr 08
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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 Mon, Apr 08
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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 Mon, Apr 08
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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 Sun, Apr 07
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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 Sun, Apr 07
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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 Sun, Apr 07
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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 Sun, Apr 07
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New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Apr 07
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Perhaps a badge for returning to write after an extended (14 days+) drought.

New Feature Vote from Caitlin on Sun, Apr 07
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Thank you!

Testimonial Note from elizabeth merchant on Sat, Apr 06
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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 Sat, Apr 06