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 did it! My goal for June was the NaNo badge (write 50,000 words in one month); just finished the last set today. I’m jazzed… unexpected side effects: three draft poems, a short story-fable written in one go WITHOUT stopping and letting my “editor” take control. This is a good thing… NaNo (for real!) in November seems more and more doable. Whee…

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Sun, Jul 01
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Congratulating myself! Today is the first full month I have written every day for any one month I’ve been a member – around 1.5 years. I use the site strictly for writing Morning Pages as in the Artist Way program, which uses free flow writing. Some days I just don’t make it here unless I do it first thing in morning which I finally am getting better at!

I rarely look at stats nor days completed. I just do the 750 words and more – sometimes copy out paras for a separate electronic journal. I found watching the stats interferes too much with the “free writing” part of the program for me. I think too much then. However, I did just have a lot of fun seeing what a whole month of days in a row brought about – happy to see I am pretty positive – more then in the past.

I have tried to do whole month’s, as a goal and other harder talks to self, but have never made it until this one. Yeah for me! Ironically, it is also a month when I just said on the first day, “Oh well, I give up, this is what I want, but will not obsess over it any more. Some days are just difficult…” And here I am.

I also find I had bought these cups of patronage and not used them – so, here, a couple cups raised to you all & especially to Buster and Mario for making this great site!

As an AW user of it, who never felt quite safe leaving inner thoughts lying around in paper pads, I love the privacy factor and the fact my typing has improved tremendously ;-)

Testimonial Note from sandi kohler on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

This has really helped me and I was gutted when I missed one day because of the badge I was aiming for but after 30 days the goal is far wider. I’d like more badges please as I clearly am 37 going on 5 but I love it!

New Feature Vote from Teigh-Anne Shave on Sat, Jun 30
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Reviewing the Daily Stats page helps me better evaluate how I’m expressing the coming to terms with my Mom’s death and prolonged struggle with mental and emotional problems. I think this is what makes 750Words such a valuable tool. I not only get motivated to write each day but have a chance to reflect on how my thoughts are coming across.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

I broke my 500 day streak this month and find that a strange feeling.

I did it almost consciously: I knew I would be away from Internet access for two days, but in the past I’ve carried on writing anyway.

On this occasion, I’d just had my new badge for a few days and decided to just let it go. I realised that I’d become a bit too dominated by what might be better as a fun incentive.

I still feel a wistful regret. Silly!

Testimonial Note from Tim Leighton-Boyce on Sat, Jun 30
4 cups

After a 172 day streak, I only missed one day before coming back. Well, that’s mainly because of Camp Nanowrimo and I’ve been writing 2000 words a day anyway, and where else would I write it but on 750 words? But now i’ve got a 5 day tail and I’m happy. Only 167 more to go!

Testimonial Note from Anna Lowery on Sat, Jun 30
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With a predominantly poetry background, I was a little worried about my ability to generate words when I decided to begin writing fiction. Now I can’t shut up! Thanks to 750 words for giving me the means to practice and experiment.

Testimonial Note from Alvin Knox on Sat, Jun 30
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I know its difficult to keep up with writing during the exciting summer months when there’s so much to do and so many vacations to take, but the simple act of starting my day with a cup of coffee, a little music, and a clearing of my mind here, has really helped me to be stronger and to take on the day with more clarity. I’ve found that I achieve more, I stay on goal, not only in my writing but in most other things in my life. I just want to thank SevenFifty again. This has been the best find of my life! What a sigh of relief I feel every day when I’ve written it all out!

Testimonial Note from Jules DeBo on Sat, Jun 30
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to see more badges! Some between 30 and 100 days would be nice. Also, how about a badge for accomplishing more than one monthly challenge?

New Feature Vote from Kristina Behner on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Definitely more badges!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup

750 has improved my fiction writing, no doubt. The surprising bonus has been the improvement to my problem solving skills. I wake up every morning and start writing. Usually I find myself writing frantically about a meeting or issue at work that I’m feeling anxious over. Getting the facts down on “paper” helps me view the situation more objectively, and doing so in a no pressure vacuum ebbs away the anxiety. Thank you 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Duncan Whitmire on Fri, Jun 29
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It’s been stated by others, but I must reiterate….this site is a comfort. It reminds me that I do, in fact, have something to say, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Testimonial Note from Crystal Braeuner on Wed, Jun 27
2 cups

I know I get into the habit of just writing everyday. It sometimes seems like I’m just barfing my thoughts out, but through all of these thoughts I pour out, out come some worthy nuggets.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Jun 25
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I am so grateful for this site….. I tithe 10% where i feel spiritually fed of all money that comes my way. This is not a forced act and is done very consciously. I ask myself whenever I receive money, “show me where I have been spiritually fed?” And this site is where I feel spiritually fed a lot of the time right now. I have used these pages for 2 months now and I have had some great self learning and healing. Thank you, thank you,thank you!

Testimonial Note from Leanne Clarkson on Mon, Jun 25
1 cup
Improve detection of "breaks" vs. saving errors

This is the second time that your server has run into a problem saving my work, and by the time it had worked the problem out I was credited for a break.

It seems that an easy way to solve the problem would be to have the system detect for “0 words.” If there had previously been a positive number of words, and then the word count drops to zero, the default should be to assume a failure to save rather than a break.

New Feature Request Note from Oren Litwin on Sun, Jun 24
1 cup

I’ve been in a funk with my writing for a while. I didn’t really know where to start to be honest. Now that I’ve joined 750words I find that I’m not just writing out the 750 words a day, but I find myself thinking something and wanting to write it down again, instead of just letting it flit out of my head.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Testimonial Note from Marylin on Sat, Jun 23
4 cups

Often and little brings great progress. So thirtyone days of sevenhundredfifty words should get you well along the way – whatever your destination.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 23
5 cups

750 Word has helped me to get out of slumps, to break mind binds, to plan my next steps and to figure out what was wrong with situations. And to find solutions.
And along the way it helped me become a faster, more natural writer and bust writing block.
So: Best self-help tool ever!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 23
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Double Down on Charity Note from Brenda Sharpe on Fri, Jun 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Brenda Sharpe on Fri, Jun 22
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More badges for accomplishments

There’s a badge for the morning and there’s a badge for night, but what about those who write on here during lunch? Why not have a badge that’s like the Noontime Cat or a Bologna Sandwich for writing between 11am and 3pm ten days in a row?

New Feature Vote from Hannah Donnelly on Fri, Jun 22
2 cups

Drink up!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Tangney on Fri, Jun 22
3 cups

On most days, I try to write my 750 words as quickly as I can. There are those days, however, when I spend my time on 750words thinking through my fingers, solving a problem. Yes, I do mean solving. Thanks for giving me the space to work things out no matter how long it takes. Peace friends.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 20
6 cups

I am so grateful for this site, it inspires me to write everyday. I use these words to journal my thoughts, feelings and gratitude everyday and since I joined almost 2 months ago, I have had so much personal insight amazing expereinces and growth.
I am a counsellor and have recommended it to my clients. It is a wonderful tool for healing.
Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Leanne Clarkson on Wed, Jun 20
1 cup

Happiness is a new badge = Pterodactyl for 200 days straight today reminds me how I look forward to writing every day now. 750words in the morning sets the day straight on its axis. Thanks Buster & team for keeping this going!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Tue, Jun 19
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

With a bluetooth keyboard I could write on an iPad anywhere I can get a 3G signal. This would be wonderful to have and help when I am travelling.

New Feature Vote from Frank on Mon, Jun 18
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An iPhone/iPad app

Awesome site but an iPhone app would be so useful for those days when I’m away from home computer.

New Feature Vote from Julie Terekh on Mon, Jun 18
1 cup

I feel like 750 Words has really helped me to learn who I am over the past year. I’m forcing myself to be brutally honest, at least to me, and that means that I can face my own issues. It’s incredibly freeing and I’m so grateful that this place exists for me to feel happy with myself.

Testimonial Note from Molly Rastin on Mon, Jun 18
2 cups

Y’all have your morning pages but I have my night pages. I find that I can process the day, have closure on it and sleep better. Waking up and trying to clear the fog from my brain hasn’t been as effective. I’ve done them in the morning but the night pages have been more beneficial to me. Just Sayin’.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Jun 16
1 cup

Thank you, 750 Words, for making me a better writer! After over 200 days of daily writing, I just can’t imagine my days without this wonderful morning addiction. I really came to enjoy these 15 minutes or so I take every day to reflect on my day, just rant a little or set free thoughts I didn’t even know I had. Thank you so much for this website, such a simple, yet wonderful idea!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jun 14