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 started using this site just about two and a half months ago, and I have noticed a profound difference in my outlook on life and my mood. Writing, even just a little each day with no particular agenda, has allowed me to discover frustrations I had that I didn’t even know about, and to clear them from my subconscious giving me a level of peace I hadn’t experienced in years!

Testimonial Note from CMBallerina on Wed, May 02
1 cup
stop timer

You keep such wonderful statistics, (and a big part of what keeps us writing are all those little things at the margins: buttons, charts of statistics, etc.) Is it possible to stop time, that is, could you make it possible for those of us who start wrinting in the morning, are taken away from 750words and when we come back we find that it has taken us twelve hours to type 750 words, but for 11 hours we were not even on the site.

New Feature Request Note from Carl Yirka on Wed, May 02
1 cup

Today I hit 300 days on 750 words and have more than 400,000 words. Wow. Thanks for creating this great website that provides me with daily incentive and a daily goal and gives me feed back. You are the bathroom scale of writing.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, May 02
6 cups

Don’t forget to do your artist’s date once a week as well as your morning pages. Artist’s date is one hour a week where you spend doing something fun. Some examples are: skipping stones on a pond, visiting a museum, going to a movie by yourself, taking photos of things that are blue, painting, drawing, rollerskating, going to the fish store and buying a fish, vintage clothing shopping, making a wood birdhouse, planting a succulent garden, taking a dance class, making a pillow, rearranging furniture…. or anything that fills you up and makes you feel like a kid again. Warning: other people and events will try to encroach on your artist’s date- be prepared to protect that hour with all your might.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Wed, May 02
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Claude Covo on Wed, May 02
4 cups

251 days and over 280 000 words. Of course, I am not writing a novel or anything of the kind, unfortunately, but I am writing, every single day. Thank you Buster and 750 words, for helping me with it.

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Wed, May 02
1 cup

Been writing now for a few months and it is so nice to have something to focus on and be dedicated to. Plus it makes me a happier person in general because my head is so CLEAR! Thanks Buster and co. c:

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 01
1 cup

This site is helping me stay on track with writing every day. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Nan on Tue, May 01
4 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 01
1 cup
Douze Chevaux

It would be like the Pegasus badge, but easier to get. I find it fairly simple to commit to a month-long goal, but I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it 12 months in a row. Sometimes I take vacations where there isn’t Internet, for example. I would love a badge that let you sign up for 12 different months’ challenges and gave you a badge that showed that you had been writing for the equivalent of a year. The name is a play on the Citroen Deux Chevaux car and the fact that the one-month badge is a horse.

New Feature Request Note from CL on Tue, May 01
1 cup

I think 750 words is an incredible way to express ourselves in order to have in our hands a projection of our own EGO and the very soul of our inner world while we write the 750 words everyday. Thank you very much Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 01
1 cup

I think 826 Seattle is a wonderful place, and could just wish we had more of those when I was a kid.

Thank you Benson for this site! So far, it has been a rewarding experience.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 01
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page

What are points for? What difference does it make if I write offline and paste in my text “Bam!” like 750words tells me; I get fewer points, but what do points do for me?
Love the feedback we get here, though, hungry for it! Just not sure I need to be concerned about writing in “real” time or pasting what I’ve written while lying in bed, because the difference in points, well, makes no difference.

New Feature Vote from Kay Vreeland on Mon, Apr 30
5 cups

Hello Pegasus! I’m glad it’s a leap year this year, for now instead of finishing on the second of May, it’s the last day of April, so I feel like I didn’t start too late last year. I love this site and I hope to do another 365, or when I get my snow bird, 500 more days. I’ve way past the 500,000 mark of words I’ve written, so that’s one goal down.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Apr 30
3 cups
New Badges

I think that there should be some new badges on this site. I love the ones that are already here, but I would love if there were even more. The badges are amazing.

New Feature Request Note from Rachel Hanville on Mon, Apr 30
1 cup

Hi,
A question for other folks, out of curiosity: to what extent and in what ways do you go back over what you have written? At this point, I have over 250,000 words and even with the search function and the export function, I find it hard to manage ideas or find particular things I’ve written. This is partly because I use 750 for a mishmash of things: personal journaling, work-related writing, generating ideas for writing projects—but I can’t easily separate those things out into folders/categories.
I forget a lot of my own ideas and insights, which is why I started using 750 in the first place, but now the ideas are written down but not always findable, and I have so many entries that I can’t sit down and read them all at once. I am toying with printing out all the entries and putting them in a 3-ring binder, to make browsing and an overview easier. Any other ideas/thoughts?

Testimonial Note from Miruna Stanica on Sun, Apr 29
3 cups
Change word-count handling for vacation days

At present, a vacation day is credited for 750 words. This causes two problems at least. First, it messes up the cumulative-words recordkeeping for those of us who are anal.

Second, if you get the chance to write on a scheduled vacation day anyway, you end up burning a couple of minutes dealing with warning messages from the system, as it updates your word count and perceives it as losing existing progress. This also messes up our stats.

The upshot is that crediting a vacation day with phantom words is a decent shortcut for implementation, but it’s time for something more permanent.

New Feature Request Note from Oren Litwin on Sun, Apr 29
1 cup

April challenge met! My 4th? Wish I could find how many months I’ve finished; but at least 4 Monthly Challenges, 150 Day Streak, 160,000 words, and 6 months on 750words: Big Badge Day so I will make myself one!!
In weekly writers’ workshop my words flow in the 15-minute write-your-heart-out exercise! I love being here and writing something every day: a lot links up in a beautiful chain. I follow some writers, but none of them makes a daily summary (I do) and I wish they would……oh well, this site is about lonely writing, not the fellowship of writers. So I will keep writing! Thanks, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Apr 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Leslie T on Sun, Apr 29
1 cup

This site has really helped me find the discipline to write. I’m a little lost for words at the moment and I would normally deal with that withdrawing. A commitment to a daily writing is something that is making me push through it. Thank you a lot 750 words

One Month Challenge Bounty from Katy M on Sat, Apr 28
10 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 28
2 cups
Adjustable Minimum

Allow a user to alter the minimum word commitment per diem without an option to go below 750 words. So, for example, 1000 or 1500 words completed would greet the user with a green “Congratulations!” Perhaps it could be an option for the One Month Challenge.

New Feature Request Note from Tyler A. Stevens on Sat, Apr 28
1 cup

This site helped me to develop daily disciple in writing. More importantly, It organizes the chatter in my head. I oscillate between multiple writing projects and mostly think about finishing them instead of actually writing.

I recently earned my first 30 day badge of which I am SO proud!!! In this period, I completed a script that lingered since Christmas break and kept a lid on my anxious thoughts about some impending career and life decisions. Thanks to all of you who inspire me with your commitment to daily writing. I am now telling everyone about the site, and I look forward to completing more unfinished projects over the summer months. Only 67 days til my next badge….

Testimonial Note from Crystal Harris on Sat, Apr 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I have made 750 words a daily habit. Sometimes I journal. Sometimes I write fiction. Sometimes I struggle with “nothing” to say but I always manage to find something deep in my subconscious once I start. I’m closing in on 200 days. I would like to be able to reset all my badges and start over, and more badges would be fun.

New Feature Vote from Adam R Johnson on Fri, Apr 27
4 cups

It is the end of three days of math testing, after last week’s three days of ELA testing (and before next week’s two days of testing in Math and ELA again). I am exhausted, but also I am looking forward to getting back into some good habits of writing for myself. I’m glad that 750 words was waiting for me.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Weiden Philipbar on Fri, Apr 27
1 cup

I’ve known about this site for such a long time but for whatever reason did not think it was for me. One day not long ago I simply had too many things on my mind, most of which I really couldn’t share with anyone, and I couldn’t square them all away. And then I remembered 750words.

Thank goodness for that. Not only has it given me a positive morning routine that clears my mind and makes my personal thoughts more ready for those with whom I interact, but it made me realize I was thinking about things I didn’t even realize. The process was the catalyst which caused me to reconnect with an old friend. It has been nothing but positive.

And I learned about Bedlam Coffee, a discovery that will be put to good use when I visit Seattle soon!

Testimonial Note from Guy Smiley on Thu, Apr 26
4 cups

I was 13 days from my 200th day, and one day with a bad plane flight messed up what was then a 187 day streak. That was 50 days ago, and I am a solid 50 days back into my streak (I will get that Pterodactyl! I will! I will!!), with almost 400,000 words. Needless to say, it is great to write daily. Even on days when I am mad at the computer, and mad at Buster’s email reminding me to start writing, by the end of 750 words I am always glad to have written.

Thanks!!!!!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Stewart on Thu, Apr 26
2 cups

Today was my 300th day of writing. Quiet a milestone for me. Sometimes I have no idea of what to write, but it then takes off like it is writing itself. Sometimes that is the best stuff I write. I don’t tend to whine as much as in the beginning even when I am having a bad day (like today). I have written stories about people, incidence in my life, or experiences that I have had, both good and bad. It is sometimes pedestrian, silly yet rarely pretentious and/or profound, but they are my words, my thoughts, my joy and my heartbreak. To say this has not been a wonderful experience or made my life better would be an out and out lie. It has helped me to be disciplined, focused and allowed me to vent or laugh. It has helped me through frustration and allowed me to share my feelings in writing, which is extremely cathartic. I have been unemployed for sixteen months so I am very grateful for this, and I thank Buster for both the format and the daily nudge. I will most certainly continue this through three hundred sixty five days, and then we will take it from there.

Testimonial Note from Norman E Chapman III on Wed, Apr 25
3 cups

There are many times that I write simply to get it done and that I want to still be in the running and not break my streak. Like many people, I’ve found myself counting down the words because I’m so tired and I just want it done! And, many times, after writing I would consider myself the dullest person in the world. But every once in a while, I realize that the words are writing me and not the other way around. I discover answers that evaded me throughout the day and I’ve come to realize that I can be my own best guru. This phenomena still astounds me. Recently, a published author said that she does not write what she knows, which is tedious; she writes to discover the unknown, and uses this information to develop her richly complex characters in her books. I think I get what she is saying. Life is more complex and has many layers. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface.

Testimonial Note from Donna Wallace on Wed, Apr 25
2 cups

I’m hardly a model user of this site. I’ve missed days, slapped up random crap on days when I didn’t want to write, and counted down every 100 words on days when I didn’t have anything to say. I’ve used my daily words to brainstorm for essays or novels, to record what happened during my day, to repeat the same old complaints about my life and my personality. Many days I’ve written, not because I want to, or because I have something to say, or even because I’m dedicated to the site, but just because I can be competitive and I didn’t want my streak to vanish.

But despite that, looking back at what I’ve written since I joined the site, I find things of value. I find a genuine record of my thought process, something I can go back to later to see how I solved a particular problem or how often I’ve felt a certain way. I’ve been using the metadata feature since early January and that’s equally valuable as a shorthand to track things I consider important. Even the days where I literally counted down every 100 words (and those are more common than I’d like to admit) have something to offer, if only as proof that I can take things far too seriously. 750 words lets me, as a dedicated introvert who specializes in overthinking things, get out of my own head a bit and step back. Seeing my thoughts in black and white brings perspective and can act as either a wake up call or an endorsement that I’m moving in the right direction with whatever I’m thinking about.

I might not be the poster child for users here, but the site has made its way into my daily routine and I’m grateful for it.

Also, watching my typing speed increase over time has been delightful.

Testimonial Note from Anne smyrl on Tue, Apr 24