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

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85 days ago, I found this website. Two days ago, I finished my first monthly challenge. Yesterday, I passed 100,000 words. If I can do it, so can you!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alvin Knox on Thu, Aug 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Sam on Wed, Aug 01
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More badges for accomplishments

Something between the 30 and 100 days would be nice. Perhaps badges that focus on our writing, like the Sunshine badge for 10 days of overall positive writing or the Doom badge for 10 days of overall negative writing. The Reaper badge if your writing is concerned with death for a certain amount of time. The Self-Important badge when you write in first person for 30 straight days. ;^^ Something like that.

New Feature Vote from Hello-Star-Tea on Wed, Aug 01
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I actually use this site as a way to increase my writing turn out. With small rewards and goals to go for (as well as the threat of losing my streak) I am encouraged to write every day and get some of these great ideas- or not so great ideas- down onto digital paper. Thanks, 750Words. What an amazing site.

Testimonial Note from Hello-Star-Tea on Wed, Aug 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Hello-Star-Tea on Wed, Aug 01
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I’ve called myself a writer for a long time, but I’ve only written sporadically lately. These past six months or so, I’ve had an awful time. I’ve been horribly depressed, to the point where there have been uncountable nights where I just don’t want to wake up in the morning. But 750 Words has helped me clear my mind, help me sort through things, help me understand where my blocks and triggers are. The analysis in particular is very helpful. So thanks, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Shell on Wed, Aug 01
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Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Emily Daniels on Wed, Aug 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Emily Daniels on Wed, Aug 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Emily Daniels on Wed, Aug 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Wed, Aug 01
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Wed, Aug 01
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Wed, Aug 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Wed, Aug 01
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I’ve been working on the same book since I was 13. I put it down for a long, long time, but NaNoWriMo encouraged me to start it again last year. Then I put it down again – until I started writing in July. Now I’m making progress. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Anne Gibson on Wed, Aug 01
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Life gets hard sometimes & daily writing helps sort out the turmoil in my head & focus on the beauty that still remains. I love 750 & it’s fun badges that make me smile & inspire me to keep writing!!

Testimonial Note from Ace on Wed, Aug 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Lessa on Wed, Aug 01
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750 words has helped me write tens of thousands of words I might never have written otherwise. It’s helped me improve my craft as a writer, and it’s given me an excuse to finally start keeping a sort of journal tracking the events of my daily life, which is something I’ve never had much luck with before. I just won my first monthly challenge, and I’m planning on kicking NaNoWriMo’s butt this year!

Testimonial Note from Daniel Russo on Wed, Aug 01
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I read all the other patron’s notes on missing days here and there and that spurns me on to pay attention to mine. I went traveling this month and so I brought my laptop with me. There was only one moment where I almost didn’t get wi-fi, but it all worked out and I completed the month while on the road, in the middle of nowhere, at a hotel in the bushes of Ontario. I’m hoping it’s all downhill from here, but there are many other obstacles unseen.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Aug 01
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Today is technically my 200th day on 750words though tomorrow I will hit my 200 day streak. I was a little silly the first night and didn’t realize it would cut me off at midnight so I didn’t get all my words done before it flipped over to the new day.

However, in that time since late January (it was the night Daniel Radcliffe was hosting SNL, so hitting my 200th day on Harry Potter’s birthday seems somehow fitting), I have changed a few things and become far more solid in my resolution to make some things happen.

But I’ve been so regularly frustrated with my own limitations even as I somehow miss the fact that I’ve been writing a minimum of 750 words a day for the last 200 days and just on the site I’ve written 157,856 words.

That’s quite an accomplishment for just daily journaling, but it’s been so therapeutic and tonight, with the help of an iTunes playlist called Fly, I wrote this:

I’m tired of dreaming and I’m ready to make my dreams come true for myself.

I’m ready to tear down the walls that I think are keeping me from the person I want to be.

I am going to eat better and live better and pursue my dreams and go running and have lots of fun, but still save money. I won’t be fearless, I will be courageous. I will face my fears head on and keep going.

I think I should go bungee jumping or skydiving or something. Both are things I’m terrified of, but could be a completely freeing experience and would definitely test my limits and actually go way beyond what I’m really comfortable with.

I want to stare down my fears and just take them down.

I want to win, conquer, and rise above the things that hold me down. The things I let hold me down and hold me back.

No more.

I am fierce and triumphant. I can do so much more than I think or realize that I can and it’s time that I stop thinking in terms of limits and just think of myself as limitless that I can do anything I put my mind to. Literally anything. I mean, I may not be able to grow a penis, nor would I particularly want to, but I can be successful at what I want to do.

I can meet amazing people and travel all over the world. I can and will move to Chicago. I am making this work and will do everything I can to live life to its fullest.

No more living halfway. I don’t love things halfway, so why am I content to live life in a stupor? It’s time to wake up and face the world.

It better be ready for me.

Testimonial Note from Kate LaChapelle on Tue, Jul 31
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I love 750Words! After a lifetime of hit-or-miss writing, I’m finally on track…51 days in a row and counting! I met my July Challenge and, rather than buying myself a piece of art – I want to donate some cups of love to the cause.
I have found my brain is clearer, I’m more creative and I can actually FIND all the stuff I wrote (vs. on scraps of paper around the house.) Thanks for a great site!
I <3 750Words!

Testimonial Note from Christine Anne on Tue, Jul 31
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m a Space Bird! I’m a Space Bird! That was my cry near the end of the July monthly challenge as I achieved the 500-day mark. I was yearning to have that new badge on my writing stats page as well as next to my name on the Writer’s list. Please, please, please make some more badges soon. I find them so inspiring and they give me another dangling carrot to spur me on as I do my pages each day.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Jul 31
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“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” ~Francis Bacon

Thank you 750words, for allowing us to be creative within a fun structure.

Double Down on Charity Note from Sam Meikle on Tue, Jul 31
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365 days in a row done. Crazy stuff. Thanks 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Kristie Bradfield on Tue, Jul 31
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I enjoy 750words! I participate in a writing group that has ‘sprouted’ out of NaNo, and I often use this site to not only encourage me to write the 50k in a month, but to keep me in the wonderfully good habit of writing every day. And when I need a break from story writing, I’ve recently discovered it’s also very good to help me de-stress and process the day just before I head to bed! Thanks so much for this site!!!

Testimonial Note from Hannah Davis on Mon, Jul 30
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I use 750 words to clear my mind at the end of the day. It enables me sort out any unfinished thinking so that I can sleep knowing that I have tidied up my brain! It helps me to see where I could have made my day better, and to fully appreciate the little joys that came my way.
What started out as a chore that I did as a bit of self-discipline, has turned into a special time that I look forward to.

Testimonial Note from Yvonne on Mon, Jul 30
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3 cups for the number of patrons: 500!!

I have no idea if it’s more or less than before but anyway is a great number of motivated people writing here!

Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Mon, Jul 30
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It’s a space of 750 words or more every day.

Sometimes it’s a story. Sometimes it’s a chunk of story that spans weeks. Always a first draft, never given a polish pass. This is the stuff of rawness.

A lot of the time it’s a journal because there’s no story in me that day, and there are thoughts that badly need to be drained out of my head and let to dry for closer examination.

Some days it’s a struggle. Some days it’s an effortless breeze. Some days the words are only for that day and fade. Some days the words have power beyond the hours of their conception and echo onward with “I really should go back and do something more with that idea, it was promising…”

What’s fundamental to creativity is staking out the space to create, and this is a good space.

Testimonial Note from s j bennett on Sun, Jul 29
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m coming up on my 500th day, and there are no badges beyond that. I hate to say that after 500 days of uninterrupted writing, I still need a badge to motivate me, but it’s that goal to strive for. Perhaps one for two years?

New Feature Vote from Dawn McWilliams on Sun, Jul 29
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This proves what many people will say but few will believe: that you can succeed, it’s only a matter of hard work. For me, success is cultivating a healthy habit—like writing every day. 750 Words forced me to become more disciplined, to write every day regardless of how tired or busy I am. It’s now gotten so easy—this chore of writing three pages daily, which seemed unthinkable only a few years ago—that I look forward to the moment I can sit down and start typing. The experience has been invaluable: as a way to improve my writing, to clear my thoughts, to speed up my typing, to test my creativity, and to prove to myself that yes, I can force myself to do something every day until it becomes fun.

Plus, I get to brag that I don’t need to run off to a solitary mountain retreat and wait for inspiration to hit. I can just write, anywhere, every day ;-)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 28
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500,000 words! Woo hoo!

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Sat, Jul 28