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 really like this site — when I use it…I started out on a one month challenge about six months ago and said that if I didn’t finish the challenge that I would donate $25 and do the challenge the next month. I didn’t do either and it has been bugging me ever since. This is a chance for me to “come clean” and and clear my conscience. It’s a great site — just wish my ADD would allow me to use it regularly as I’ve got a lot of weight to lose (weight gained because of medical reasons) so I’m torn between getting my exercise in on a regular basis and writing my 750 words…

Testimonial Note from Julie Toth Hicks on Sun, Jun 03
3 cups

Just keep writing. A word after a word after a word. You are worth it. You are valuable. Let your voice be heard even if only in the silence of your own awareness.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Charlotte Henley Babb on Sun, Jun 03
1 cup

I have written over 100k words since starting in January, and that would be a whole novel if they were all about the same story. NEvertheless, it’s clear that I can write a novel in less than 30 minutes a day if I write for six months. That’s certainly doable. I find that even if the words are clunky, by the time I’ve hacked in 400 of them, they begin to flow and I find that story thread again. This is a life saver for me.

Testimonial Note from Charlotte Henley Babb on Sun, Jun 03
1 cup

I have only been writing for five days, but it has already changed my life a little. I write quite late in the day because I use this as a diary for what has happened so far and to clear my head. Even though it has only been five days, I already find myself looking forward to writing. I’m slowly getting into a routine, and a routine is very much needed in my life right now. Thanks so much for creating this website and thank so much for the opportunity to write without hesitation and without scruples whatever I want to write.

Testimonial Note from Kristina Behner on Sat, Jun 02
6 cups

I am in my 126 day streak, and this is for my second round because in 2011, I got to 286 days in a row, and due to a misfortunate day that I did not finish my word before the day ended, I broke my streak. This year I found that if for any reason I will not be able to write there is something I can do to not loose my streak, so I want to continue thanks to Buster to write every single day. It has been a great help to find out that besides painting watercolors I can also be a good writer. My artistic soul has found a home to inspire my day to day life getting out the feelings that are stuck inside into this site. So once more Thanks for this opportunity to do the best I can about my writing.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Sat, Jun 02
4 cups

i’ve been a writer for a very long time, but as you all know, it can be difficult to motivate oneself every single day. i don’t know why this site does it for me, but between writing here, and one of my other sites, plus my own blog, plus poetry from pen to paper i’m writing 1500-2000 words every day. good for the soul. thanks for inventing the website, buster. works for me.

Testimonial Note from Paul Schingle on Sat, Jun 02
4 cups

I try to write about everything I can remember from my day. And it amazes me what I find – so many little things that would have passed without a second thought if I didn’t take this time to recall them. Writing about each little incident enables me to evaluate what matters and what doesn’t. To quote Anita Brookner “You never know what you will learn until you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed.”

Testimonial Note from Yvonne on Sat, Jun 02
1 cup

I was hesitant with this site at the beginning. I mean I loved the concept and truly believed in its values and benefits, but I didn’t believe in myself to be able to write something every single day.

And true to my (dis)belief I struggled at first, sometimes even only writing only one day a month – and i think my shortest word count for a month is 52. but i kept persisting, slowly until I came to a point where I couldn’t carry on with my day without completing 750. I’ve been writing every day for almost 2 months now and this has really helped me grow as a person.

One of the best things about this site is that you can view all the things you wrote in your past and compare yourself – where you were and where you are now. It really helps to put a lot of things in perspective. And it is when the words start writing you, that you realize the power of the potential this simple site has, and what it has done for you.

Testimonial Note from Chinthana Munasinghe on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

Since I have been using 750 words, I have only missed one day, and in the almost 2 months that I have been here, I was able to complete the challenge on the first full month.

It has helped me to begin something that I have always wanted to do: write a novel; and it has gotten me back into the habit of journalling. I have been doing this off and on since I was 13, but getting the badges has been just the incentive I have needed to be able to get in the habit of writing daily.

Thank You, 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
4 cups

I just wanted to thank Buster. This site is amazing!

Thank-you

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
4 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

I don’t always, or even usually, write work-related stuff, but I realize that even when I write to do lists or stream of consciousness personal reflections, it keeps me in the habit of writing every day. And in the past year since I began doing this (I just passed 365 days in a row writing at least 750 words per day), I have been more productive in my professional writing. I credit 750 words with that.

Testimonial Note from Joanie M on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

Don’t be afraid. It may seem daunting at first but if you make it through the first 10 days you’ve created a small habit. It get easier if you schedule a time to write. Good luck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from B. Garant on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’d like a few more breadcrumbs to keep the motivation there on the longer stretches. Heck, even frivoluos fun ones would be fine and maybe, big maybe, even the ability to share them on social networking sites like Google+ and Facebook.

New Feature Vote from B. Garant on Fri, Jun 01
2 cups

750 Words has helped with committing to something and following through. Not only has it been a bit of an accomplishment that I finished a monthly challenge but it showed me that publicly setting and goal and going for it is not such a scary thing. I’m really excited to keep writing and , as a result, I am excited to take what I learned here and apply it to other “real world” tasks.

Testimonial Note from B. Garant on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

When I first found 750words, I was looking for a routine for, not only writing, but my life as well. My health had begun to deteriorate from neglect. I was surprised how easy it was to sit down every morning with a cup of coffee, check my mail and social sites, then come to 750 and just write out the cobwebs in my mind. At the end of every day, I started keeping track of what I ate and how I felt, etc etc.. and almost magically, I’ve made it to a 45 day streak! Now I find myself antsy all day long if I don’t sit down to write first thing every morning! Of course, that awful feeling of losing my streak helps me to pay attention too! I just wanted to thank Buster for setting up this unique site and fate for leading me to it! Keep writing no matter what. Its worth it!

Testimonial Note from Jules DeBo on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

Last month was the first time I had written every day in a calendar month. I was totally shocked at just how accomplished I felt about it. This site has meant so much to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3

One Month Challenge Bounty from Bethany Krahn on Fri, Jun 01
8 cups

my place of solace \ 750 words \ expression set free

750words is a place to go to free write whatever is in my head or heart and needs to flow through my pen (in this case, my keyboard). I love it that I can ponder, express, recapitulate and write about anything that can lead to any number of ideas being developed in one sitting. Sometimes I start writing about one strong idea and flip to another that becomes my main topic. I like that I am free to do that because this is the one place where I write that I can let go. I love 750words; my next tick goal in the timeline is 800 days. I can’t wait. I love the badges; they are such fun. Thank you, Buster, for providing this awesome site. It is my one stop every day that needs no reminder as most of the time I can’t wait to get here. Cheers to the admin team and my writing team mates, who, I hope, enjoy this site as much as I.

Testimonial Note from Donna Peach on Fri, Jun 01
4 cups

Somehow I managed to convince myself to write for CampNaNoWriMo – I suppose I just love writing 50K words in a month.

750words started all this coffee-and-wurd-fueled insanity, and I am ever grateful.

Double Down on Charity Note from Leslie Stewart on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

I have been writing for 13 months, not every day, but once had a 160+ day streak and now am up to 35 again. I have written more than 440,000 words, not all well placed or goal oriented but even I recognize that is a lot of words. But more than that, I have an authoritative structure to turn to. When I tell my family, “I have to go write now,” they stop chatting, let me retreat and I go write. I also have had a long standing women’s group and when I tell them “I have women’s group tonight” somehow that seems like an acceptable reason to leave them to fend for themselves when in fact I am just going out to dinner with my friends. 750 words has become my support, my excuse for writing, my legitimization. I am still pondering why they respect this space, but they do.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Fri, Jun 01
2 cups

How good it feels to complete a monthly challenge!

It shows diligence and yet takes only a few minutes each day. It’s a great habit to write every morning or sometime during the day.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Charlotte Henley Babb on Fri, Jun 01
16 cups
Per Timezone Rankings

I am constantly frustrated that even though I usually write early (6am central time) I rarely make it into the top 100 writers. I feel like that the writers in the timezones east of me have an unfair advantage. By rating the top 100 (or even the top 10) writers per timezone you would level the playing field somewhat.

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

One that will work offline and keep/record your words/streaks till you’re back in range of the interwebs.

New Feature Vote from Dan Dixon on Fri, Jun 01
1 cup

I talked to a young writer about my work on this site and how it has allowed me to develop my writing chops so that I more often, not only observe but also record my observations in writing. I also just feel that I have made some movement towards my goals when I do my pages and that is a positive note in my day.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Thu, May 31
1 cup

Don’t stop writing and if you have to stop, start back up again. Stop questioning, stop making excuses just write!

Testimonial Note from B. on Thu, May 31
1 cup

Now that I’ve achieved 100K words, I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and also the realization about how easy this is to do. It clears my head, and instills in me the idea that by simply starting small (100 words at a time, one day at a time, etc.), one can create something larger.

Testimonial Note from Erich Domingo on Thu, May 31
4 cups

Currently, everything entry I’ve written is merely composting. It’s settling here so that one day I can refer to it and create something else with it: a movie script, a novel, poetry, my autibiograph, something that’ll be valuable to me and maybe others to learn from or to entertain them. No moment has been wasted here at this site. I cherish every moment I type away my thoughts, feelings and beliefs here. I will crank out more. It all depends on how long I endure on this site.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Thu, May 31