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

3 cups

Happy to be of service to Charity.

Double Down on Charity Note from Erich Spurgin on Thu, Oct 11
1 cup
Proper Formating

I’d like this to maintain the formatting that I put in there. Far too often, it’ll mess the formatting I had for it when I’m reading it as text the next day. I’d like this to to be fixed please.

New Feature Request Note from Erich Spurgin on Thu, Oct 11
2 cups

For the first time, I used the “time off” feature as I spent the weekend in NYC. Although I actually did write every day I was gone, it was such a hassle finding free Wifi in a strange area (I refused to pay extra for it at my hotel.) Had a great trip, and I began reading a book about writing. However, I admit to feeling a little bit like a slacker when I uploaded my words for today. Oh Well, I still love this site, and I love it more not having to risk losing my badges.

Testimonial Note from Crystal Harris on Wed, Oct 10
1 cup
Weekday Goals

I’d really like to be able to commit to weekdays with weekend offs. I’m quite happy for any badges I earn to look different and reflect that I’m doing an easier version of 750/day with weekends off. I use it like this already and it is OK. However, I do hate feeling like a failure every Monday when I come back and see the friendly motivational messages have all reset.

New Feature Request Note from Sylvia Spruck Wrigley on Tue, Oct 09
1 cup

Thank the creator for morning pages without which I might be loopier…..

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Tue, Oct 09
1 cup
Statistic on 750th word you write each day

It could be in the monthly writing stats section and have the 750th word next to each day – would be very interesting to see what your 750th word was each day!

New Feature Request Note from Rosie C on Tue, Oct 09
3 cups
"Distractions"

Set the stats such that a break of more than 1 h isn’t a distraction and such that writing at 60 wpm for an hour, breaking for an hour, and writing another 60 wpm for an hour reports as 60 wpm rather than 40.

New Feature Request Note from Casi Newell on Tue, Oct 09
1 cup

The first time I broke my writing streak at 19 days, I was devastated until I read that someone broke their streak after one year. That put things into perspective for me. I forgave myself every time I fell off the wagon and just got back on, reminding myself that 750words still continued to keep me writing and caring about writing. But there is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment. I am finally on track to perhaps complete a one-month streak. Even if I am doing this without being part of this month’s challenge I realize that the most important thing is that this keeps me prolific and energetic about writing. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Tue, Oct 09
1 cup

C’est toujours quand je pense avoir le moins à dire que je trouve un fil sur lequel tirer. Alors, j’accouche par écrit d’une idée que j’avais coincée dans la tête depuis longtemps. Elle y maturait tranquillement et attendait que je l’en sorte. C’est vraiment facile quand on se force à ne pas se laisser distraire et à écrire vite, sans censure, sans distraction, pour ne pas retomber dans les pièges que l’on s’impose tout seul. Il faut écrire vite, comme ça vient, parce que c’est comme ça que ça doit sortir, le reste viendra après, s’il y a besoin.

Testimonial Note from Fabien on Mon, Oct 08
2 cups

I’m a teacher who LOVES my job, because I get to talk about the power of reading and writing ALL DAY to tweens. I connect with 12-13 year olds through our stories and the stories of others, what is more awesome than that? Not much. So kudos to Buster for giving proceeds to 826 Seattle!

Double Down on Charity Note from Amy Gonzalez on Mon, Oct 08
2 cups

I have experienced true distress upon missing a day of writing and breaking a streak. I tried various reminder tools but they didn’t work. Now I begin each morning with a bracelet on my left wrist. When I complete my words I move it to my right wrist. If I go to take it off at night and it is still on my left wrist – I proceed directly to the computer to write. So far it has really worked.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Mon, Oct 08
1 cup

I think this site does the perfect balance of providing intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. First off, I AM ALL ABOUT THE BADGES! I love my “Awesome” Horse Badge. There is also something really cool about possibly becoming a “phoenix” if I reach a 100 straight days of writing, which will be right before my birthday. But all of that is the fun part of 750words, the other part helps me dig at what I truly want to say about my daily experiences. Usually it starts off terrible but always at some point a nugget of wisdom comes through.

Testimonial Note from Amy Gonzalez on Sun, Oct 07
1 cup

Like Jerry, I am coming up on my first complete year of 750words and to greet NaNoWriMo. 750 is my friend, my writing buddy, my soother and smoother of words and spirit. I love coming in every morning……and writing.

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Oct 07
1 cup
Smooth-running site

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if badges displayed properly and there were no recurring error messages distracting the writing, and the weather stat came back. Then my hives would go away.

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Oct 07
1 cup
Option to not receive an email if already completed

I would love it if there was an option to opt out of the reminder email if I had already written my words for the day. Every time I get the 750words email, I have a brief moment of panic before reading the subject line where I wonder if I wrote my words or not. I rather not have that moment if I don’t need to.

New Feature Request Note from Josh W. on Sun, Oct 07
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Ron Shigeta on Sat, Oct 06
2 cups

I come and go from 750words from time to time, but I always find that when I am doing my daily words, the rest of my writing day is much improved. Sometimes I use the time to write a new blog post or some of my work-in-progress, and other times I simply use it to clear my head of all the other things rattling around in there that are better out and dealt with before I start my other work. Either way, it’s a useful and inspirational place to come every day! Wonder what badge I’ll work up to this time before I fall off the wagon again? ;)

Testimonial Note from Sherry D. Ramsey on Fri, Oct 05
1 cup

This site had helped me to learn how to decipher my emotions and is causing me to see myself even still now today.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous John Doe on Thu, Oct 04
2 cups

sometimes my brain feels foggy, like I’m living in a dream and I become anxious and afraid that I’m going crazy. my doctor says it’s generalized anxiety and there are medications for it, but I find writing 750 words a day the most effective way of dealing with my issues. thank you for making this possible, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Marcia Veldman on Thu, Oct 04
4 cups

Thanks Buster for 750 words. I am sneaking up on a year of writing and getting ready for NaNoWriMo again. This site has kept me sharp and on track to write every day.

Testimonial Note from Jerry Charles Toops on Thu, Oct 04
1 cup

I have just become a phoenix in the last few days. Having written for this amount of time has changed so many things. I am more focused on everything I do because I use my writing in the morning to clear out the junk and get my direction for the day. I am childish enough to LOVE the badges too! Thank you 750 words for getting me going!

Testimonial Note from April Whalley on Thu, Oct 04
1 cup

Whether I’m working through an essay for school, brainstorming for a story, or simply venting my feelings, 750words is a great way to help me focus. In the past couple years, I’d lost the passion I once had for writing, but the motivation that 750words offers has helped to rekindle that passion. I find myself excited to start each day with some writing to clear my mind. Who knows—it might even motivate me to finish NaNoWriMo for the first time ever.

Testimonial Note from Rachelle Yarbrough on Thu, Oct 04
3 cups

Renewing my patron status since I’m now over 27x days in a row. I do love the simplicity and focus of this site. Thanks, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Wed, Oct 03
2 cups

Go, October challenge writers, go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Wed, Oct 03
1 cup
Better Export Page Summary

It would be great to have a better export page summary with number of days and words written in a month. And probably remove months where no writing was done.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 03
1 cup

I have been on the site for 13 mos. – very erratically, often with long absences – but nothing here condemns me, and the friendly reminder in my email says the same bright, simple, TRUE thing each day. “I should write 750 words today!” and when I do, I can tell that it’s working because I feel clearer, like I’ve kept a promise to myself that needed keeping. Thank you all for challenging yourselves and each other this way. Keep writing, you may have something great to say…

Testimonial Note from Rainbow M. Colder on Wed, Oct 03
3 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Shell on Tue, Oct 02
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Shell on Tue, Oct 02
1 cup

I am a writer and a poet who spends most of my time writing already. My sister-in-law sent this site to me and I was unsure how I would use it or if it would be helpful at all.

When I first started to use 750 words, I would write a little about what I was thinking and then I would paste in some of the writing I had already done that day in order to meet the 750 word limit. Sometimes it would be a blog post, sometimes a series of poems. However one day I wrote the entry first thing in the morning. I hadn’t really written anything ye, so I had to keep writing about myself. It turns out I am not able to do that for 750 words without writing about writing. Where I want my current project to go, what I might do to improve this story or that, what I could learn about writing from the book I was reading. It was a great discovery. I made so many breakthroughs with the writing I was doing through that one entry and even more through the next.

Now this is still relatively new to me and I don’t expect to do it every day for the rest of my life (but I might) however I think it’s a really good motivational tool to encourage the recording of ideas and days in a really slap dashed, fast paced way.

As a writer who spends a lot of her time editing, it is refreshing to write something that I will never have to edit and that no one else will ever read. It seemed self-indulgent at first, but the effects that it has had on my writing is profound.

Testimonial Note from Caitlin Elizabeth Jans on Tue, Oct 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rebecca Antley on Tue, Oct 02