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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Double Down on Charity Note from Kayden on Sun, May 06
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I used to write morning pages every day an then stopped for years. Since I found 87 days ago, I’ve written every day. It has helped me look back at my time and challenge where I’m coming from, as I see habits and patterns forming in my daily words. I read my old entries and see a flurry of emotion and ill-thought out complaints, and I think, “I have better things to write about than that.” It is a mental fine-tuning, and I really like that.

Testimonial Note from Kayden on Sun, May 06
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I have been nursing these pages to dump thoughts that don’t server me. I am not a writer and am not interested in writing a book at all, I use this wonderful tool to clear my mind so I can live more from truth rather than unhealthy thought patterns. This is my daily journal. I had lost interest in journally and this has reinspired me to write again.
I am a counsellor in Canada and will be
recommending this sight for my clients to journal.

Thank u for creating such a fantastic tool.

Testimonial Note from Leanne Clarkson on Sun, May 06
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Saving the words

Save words I write … my streak was broken because for some reason it did not work last night.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, May 05
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This site is a life saver and a great way to insightfully “dump the junk” and clear your head for whatever you do, be it a creative pursuit (like stand-up comedy or writing a novel) or that of a civilian (business, finance, whatever.) I love 750 words! It makes me happy!

Testimonial Note from Robbie Collier on Sat, May 05
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Thank you so much for this site. I’m planning to do Camp NaNoWriMo in August and this is really helping me to get into the ‘daily writing’ habit without the same pressure of 1,700 words p/d. That seemed such a huge commitment, but this site has made me feel it’s reachable. Also I love graphs (yes I’m sad like that) so all the stats are wonderful!

Testimonial Note from Feena on Sat, May 05
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Time Counting Mechanism

Sometimes I write like three or four hundred words in the morning and then finish it up in the afternoon when I’m just working my words into slots in the day. Right now that gets counted as taking hours and hours to write 750 words instead of the half hour actually typing. There’s a subtext that acknowledges the actual time it took under the stats page, but the number that goes into all my lifetime numbers is the hours and hours one. I’m a pretty stats-focused guy and I’d like to keep my averages to what they should be instead of getting killed whenever I have to write my words in two parts.

New Feature Request Note from Nolan Adams on Fri, May 04
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I think I am writing just to keep my streak, to make my word count, too tired to be creative or even care much that I’m not. That’s when unprocessed pent-up bitterness, the petty old business I keep thinking I should be noble enough to transcend, pours out on the screen. Better out than in, as Shrek would say. I get to see what I’m holding onto. And let go.

Testimonial Note from Bethany Keech on Thu, May 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Thu, May 03
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I’ve reached my 100,000 word mark. Yahoo! You can do it, too. But you’ve got to start typing. On your mark, get, set, clickety, clack, clickety, clack…you’re on your way.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, May 03
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I am a screenwriter. 750 words has helped me flesh out character bios, story ideas and moments of dialogue. It’s also a beautiful tool for just unclogging the mind every single day. Boy do I love this website! Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Eric on Thu, May 03
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An iPhone/iPad app

with an Ipad app, many middle and high schools could use the site to improve their writing scores just by having kids PRACTICE daily. I’d like to see something like this for Elementary Schools (being a teacher) that is somewhat shorter… maybe 250 pages so the second and third graders don’t go into a panic. It could very easily be sold to school districts for a certain number of access sites, and the schools shuck out big money for things they think will improve scores. Something like this, that gives stats and badges and a plethora of ‘sloppy copy’ writing that kids could look back at for later revising up would be fish in a barrel. Look into it. Having an Ipad App would only make it that much more attractive to them, seeing as the Ipads are making a huge show in the schools lately.

New Feature Vote from Sheila Mount on Thu, May 03
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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 Thu, May 03
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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
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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
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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
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Claude Covo on Wed, May 02
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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
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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
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This site is helping me stay on track with writing every day. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Nan on Tue, May 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 01
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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