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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I did NaNoWriMo but couldn’t keep it up in college. All my attempts to cultivate a daily writing habit went nowhere. After 2 months, 750 words has gotten me writing more than I have in the past year and a half. A genius, well-implemented site. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Nolan Adams on Mon, Apr 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Marek on Mon, Apr 02
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New Badges

I have an idea for a couple of new badges. One would be, the streak between 30 days and 100 days seems really long. Something in between would be nice, maybe 50-75 so that it’s kind of an incentive to keep going.

The second idea would be to have a badge where you write exactly 750 words without going over for a certain amount of time, 3 days, 5 days, a week, or whatever.

Also, I just want to say that I love this site because it’s fun to earn badges and a good way to clear your mind at the end of the day!!

New Feature Request Note from Amanda Davis on Mon, Apr 02
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750words has taught me to not be afraid of the blank page. I always wanted to write, but never really found time and energy before. I’m much more courageous now, thanks to Thanks a lot!

Testimonial Note from Elias Dorneles on Mon, Apr 02
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I once read somewhere that there is indeed a science behind the phrase “practice makes perfect”; most people who are considered a ‘master’ at their craft have put in an average of 10,000 hours of practice. Since I want to be an author when I grow up, 750 words is a great way to encourage me to keep practicing and to write, write, write!

Testimonial Note from Rachel R. Carroll on Mon, Apr 02
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This site has inspired me to keep my promise to myself to write. I have thought many times that I should do it, but I journal intermittently. The site and the silly badges are fantastic ways to motivate myself to do this. I write every day and I hope to continue my streak for a long time. Thanks, Buster, for creating this site!

Testimonial Note from CL on Mon, Apr 02
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When I signed up for the March challenge, I had absolutely no idea what an amazing effect it would have on my life.
Writing my 750 words each day not only cleared my mind, but also helped me to learn about myself and how I view life in ways that I’d never understood before. Through my daily words, I formed new opinions and came to conclusions on issues and emotions that I’d been struggling with. I also opened up to myself about things that I had been afraid to write down on paper or on public blogs, feeling that they were too personal. Here, however, I felt comfortable and safe with letting them come out, which was an immense relief.
Reading back through all of my entries at the end of last month gave me a sense of pride – not only in my accomplishment of completing the March challenge, but also in seeing how much I had developed as a person in just four short weeks. I believe that life is a class in which you learn how to create yourself as a work of art, and I can think of no better way to track one’s progress than 750 free-flowing words a day. Even though the March challenge is over, I’m going to continue writing every single day, and I don’t plan on ever stopping.

Testimonial Note from T.M. Darkweaver on Mon, Apr 02
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I’m not always good at writing every day, but his month, the first in many, I made it through. 750words is my therapist, my vent screen, idea notebook, diet log, to-do list manager: my encourager. The goofy badges and daily emails help, but it’s the streaks that are most rewarding. If I can do it, you can. And if you’re curious to see what I’ve been working toward, in terms of poetry, art, and photography, look here:

Testimonial Note from Adriana Grant on Mon, Apr 02
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Love it all.

Double Down on Charity Note from Karen D. on Mon, Apr 02
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More badges for accomplishments

The badges are just totally fun. Can’t explain it, but they definitely kept me going in the first weeks!

New Feature Vote from Karen D. on Mon, Apr 02
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It feels so good to be able to finish a whole month straight of writing. I don’t think I would be able to do it with the little rewards that this site gives. Also, the timed portion of it makes me write faster. I’ve once hit 113 words per minute of indecipherable writing.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Hannah Donnelly on Mon, Apr 02
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I love 750 words because I can write easily and have the little badges and a record of perfection to maintain. I really respond to things like that. I’ve set my goal at 1000 words per day so I clear my mind and then brainstorm on what I want to write about. Before getting on this site, I was having trouble getting myself motivated to write. Now the required brainstorming helps me decide how I want to write the next scene.

Testimonial Note from Elaine S. Milner on Mon, Apr 02
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This site is so good for inspiring you to write every day; I would never have written as much as I have without it.

Testimonial Note from Fifi on Sun, Apr 01
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Let’s go April challengers! You can do it! If this is your first time doing a challenge, I suggest doing your words FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. You’ll feel better without worrying when you’re going to find time for them over the course of the day.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kaitlin Walsh on Sun, Apr 01
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I’ve found that making sure I have personal time to write daily simultaneously ensured I also had time to maintain sanity as well (as an insanely busy undergraduate commuter student).

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sun, Apr 01
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I wish there was an easy way or listing to go through your previous days/months writings instead of having to click on each square to see. Also, I think the interface since it meant to look like you are in a closed empty room, needs to look nicer. I think it would ne nice to look at Ommwriter to see how they solve this problem so beautifully. A little bit of thoughtful design can go a long way in customer loyalty.

New Feature Request Note from sana rao on Sun, Apr 01
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Write about how 750 Words has helped you clear your mind.

Testimonial Note from Tyler A. Stevens on Sun, Apr 01
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I’m deLIGHTed to know that by having completed the challenge, I’m contributing to literacy. That’s just an added bonus. The first bonus was the actual satisfaction. And I just realized that in order to have an added bonus, one has to have one before that.

Anyway. Thank you for this site.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Beverly C. L. on Sun, Apr 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Sofia M. on Sun, Apr 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from J. Erin Tsang on Sun, Apr 01
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An iPhone/iPad app

Though a mobile site of works perfectly fine and optimized greatly for writing, there is something more you can do with an app, I suppose. As for me I frequently type my 750 words while in a metro, using an iPhone, or while flying. To be short, in places with no internet access. So afterwards, I simply paste the text and it spoils the statistics as I finish an entry in a sec or two. Offline typing in an app and sync with the site would be great.
Moreover, I want to have a chance to access my entries easily using my phone. Having access to all of your entries, using a mobile or tablet app would be more than awesome with an opportunity to download pdfs or txts to your devices directly (need to transfer using dropbox or email still).
Hope you will find it useful. It is just my own experience and some thoughts about useful features I would love to see in the future.
Thank’s Buster Benson. You are doing a really nice job.

New Feature Vote from Bogdan Ponomarov on Sun, Apr 01
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Good luck everyone and enjoy the ride!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shark on Sun, Apr 01
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I have been working on writing a story for 3.5 years. First I thought it would be one book, then two. Now I’m thinking only a trilogy will do. Thank you 750words, and the monthly challenge for providing that extra bit of need/urgency so I actually write EVERY DAY so that I don’t suddelnly look back and realize I wrote half of what I was capable of.
Thank you.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alexis Winterhalter on Sat, Mar 31
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March Challenge Met! Wall of Awesomeness! This has been such fun; daily encouragement/ stats really help daily writing. Love reading my Word Cloud aloud every day. Writing habits I put in place have changed the essence of my entries (e.g., eliminating “not”). I am so happy my weather stats appear every day and I do like the MetaTags. I still dream of appearing in The List in the “People Writing This Month” sidebar of March’s Writers, but know it is never to be. That list = dark mystery. I also dream of seeing my badges lined up like everybody else’s, instead of having a huge white gap on the left of the 2nd line and the remaining badges appearing all alone underneath. Meanwhile, I put these small things on a high shelf and write the words that shape my day. Thank you Buster & Team!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 31
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I’ve never written this many words or this many words consecutively. Thank you 750 words and buster for helping me get back into morning pages! Thanks for making it easy to write a little each day. :)

Testimonial Note from Thomas Hunt on Sat, Mar 31
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I’ve not been to in a little while, but all it took was one day to sit down at the site with its inviting blank screen and throw up all over the page. I instantly remembered how good this is for me. I’ve renewed my commitment by starting small. I’m writing at at least three times a week.

My head is getting clearer already.

Testimonial Note from Jason Barmer on Fri, Mar 30
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Fri, Mar 30
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Writing every day for six months was amazing, and even though I’m now only writing most days, 750words is still a critical component of my creativity every time I write. Thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Nils Davis on Thu, Mar 29
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Integration with Evernote!

I’ve said it before, but this would be the most awesome thing – the two tools I use more than any others are Evernote and 750words. If they worked together it would complete my life!

New Feature Request Note from Nils Davis on Thu, Mar 29
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750 Words is the sticker book of my adulthood. I’ve always had trouble sticking with the morning pages, even though I love the idea. My hand cramped from all the writing, it took too long, I regularly forgot about it. 750 Words and the badges that I earn for showing up regularly have been all the motivation that I need to stick with it. It has only been 9 days, but that is a streak that is 3x longer than any other time I’ve tried to write regularly! Thanks 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 28