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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750 Words is a space to clear the mental clutter, a space to try out new ideas, a space to vent about writing frustrations, and a space to keep a manageable writing commitment. These things don’t occur all at the same time and that’s the beauty of the format – it can be many things for a writer, depending on their needs on a given day. Still working on April’s monthly challenge :)

Testimonial Note from Jackie McG on Mon, Apr 16
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Paulina on Sun, Apr 15
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Paulina on Sun, Apr 15
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Five seasons writing
Every day at grey dawn
Astrobird badge looms

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Sun, Apr 15
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So we have made it halfway
Let us continue on the way to May
/probably ruined rules of the elegiac couplet

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sun, Apr 15
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Sat, Apr 14
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It’s so wonderful to get my writing mojo back. I’ve created characters, dialogue, worked out issues, and made personal discoveries. I look forward to my writing time each day. I’m working on completing my second monthly challenge, and currently on a 48 day writing streak. Whew! I’ve haven’t written like this in a few years. 750 Words is fabulous!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 13
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I thrive on the little acknowledgements of achievement the site gives, and it makes me write faster and better than ever before. AWESOME.

Testimonial Note from Luna Snow on Fri, Apr 13
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Writing, I feel, is so essential to the thinking and apprehension process. My mind is so much clearer after writing my 750+ words. Sometimes reflecting on daily interactions, conversations, music, articles read (or stories, novels, news..), it can be a way into your own subconscious.

Sometimes, for me, the drag of writing every day (because it can start feeling like a chore) is ove as soon as I finish the first paragraph and the writing has taken over.

Sometimes you gotta even forget coherence and let the words go.

This site is awesome. Love the ‘accountability’ through the badges and the challenges.

Testimonial Note from Cristian D. González on Fri, Apr 13
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to see more badges! On days when I’m less inclined to get myself to the computer and my fingers to the keys, the idea of earning a badge will give me a little extra fire.

New Feature Vote from Leigh Ellis on Thu, Apr 12
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It took me a year of writing on and off – mostly off – before I mustered up the courage, but I recently completed my first One-Month Challenge and I’m still going! 750 Words keeps me thinking, and forces me to think even if I don’t want to – it lets me love writing without guilt, because now I am writing.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Holiner on Thu, Apr 12
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This site has been instrumental in breaking my writing slump and actually getting me to sit down and write write write every day! I find myself taking inspiration from more things, because I know I have a great reason to write about them later. Thanks, 750words!

Testimonial Note from Ria Bridges on Thu, Apr 12
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Double Down on Charity Note from Linnea J on Thu, Apr 12
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I’m beginning anew here at 750words and already, after only three days (Turkey day today!) I’m loving it all over again. I’m committed to starting off my work day with this, and I love how the site helps to keep it all fun. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Meghan Tierney on Thu, Apr 12
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231 consecutive days of writing here at !
A lot of the time, before sitting at the keyboard, I haven’t got a clue what I am going to write about, but I start typing, and off I go.
It has been over seven months now and I am really grateful that this site exists. I love the rewards (silly that I am) and would like to see more badges. Thanks for everything

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Thu, Apr 12
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This site has helped me shut out my inner critic and get writing!

Testimonial Note from Zach West on Tue, Apr 10
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Nike said it best. Just do it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kasia on Tue, Apr 10
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As I rapidly approach my 500th consecutive day on 750words, I think back to all that I have written about on this site. I have worked through fears and frustration. I have shared joy here. I have railed at the unfairness of life and I have celebrated wins here.
Thank you for this site. I am a better person by using this site to put out fears and frustrations rather than letting them boil inside me.

Testimonial Note from Mary Eagan on Tue, Apr 10
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Dragovian Knight on Mon, Apr 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Dragovian Knight on Mon, Apr 09
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When I first discovered 750 Words, I thought I’d be lucky to make it to albatross. But something about the stats and the badges and how easy it was to open the web page and just start typing kept me going. It took me two months to commit to doing the monthly challenge, and now here I am, a space bird, with nearly two years and one NaNoWriMo under my belt.

Testimonial Note from Dragovian Knight on Mon, Apr 09
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Open source 750 Words

Open source the core code of 750 Words so the community can build off of it, run a personal writing system on their own server (or locally), etc. Thanks for your consideration!

New Feature Request Note from Haidn Foster on Mon, Apr 09
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More text analysis

Text analysis in french

New Feature Vote from Pierre Bousquié on Mon, Apr 09
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I’ve been writing on this site, on again off again for a few months now. I missed a day every now and then and would fuss about being reincarnated back to an egg. But something keeps pulling me back here and after a few days, the clarity of thought and the free flow writing reaffirms my belief – this is a worthy site for writers and dreamers alike. Thanks Buster! Keep up the great work!

Testimonial Note from Nina W on Sun, Apr 08
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Group Patron notes into threads by type

The notes part of the Patron page as it exists is kind of a mess. The way every note is displayed in strict chronological order, and the frequency at which these notes get posted, ends up discouraging people from reading through past notes. I hate seeing interesting testimonials and brand new (or easily implementable) features get buried under tons of people asking for the same things over and over again, or, worse, features that already exist. If there were a way to browse notes by category (i.e, you’d see a sub-grouping of Testimonial notes, Challenge Bounty notes, Double-Down notes, etc.). There could also be sub-organization of the vote notes, by the different features being “voted” for.

Also, other ways of sorting the notes would be cool too. I might be interested in browsing the notes by cup count, or by upvote/downvote count (people can “like” and “dislike” notes from the Disqus plugin, and this would be a neat way to find really interesting notes).

New Feature Request Note from Stephanie Van Aken on Sat, Apr 07
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Request for Search within 750 words

The Why: Having spilled myself and my ideas into each day, being able to search and find an idea that I expressed at a particular point of time would expand my self-knowledge.

The How:Little search bar on top right corner that would receive text input. It would return a list of results in order of the frequency with which the string appears within a day’s writings.

Simple yet profound.

New Feature Request Note from Tosin Osibodu on Sat, Apr 07
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Searchable Eternity

It would be useful to have the ability to easily search older/archived entries by keywords. For example, I want to find an old entry where I wrote some notes about an idea for a new ice cream flavor or whatever-being able to keyword search for “ice cream” would rock! Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Victoria Farr on Fri, Apr 06
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This site managed to get me, the stingiest guy who ever lived, to pay for a free product—and it was all to preserve my writing streak over the holidays! Excellent site design, excellent low-pressure structure for getting me to write.

Testimonial Note from Oren Litwin on Fri, Apr 06
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Hey… I know it sounds crazy (& maybe repetitive), but this site has wakened my inner writer. Yes, I did do morning pages by hand once… but had to stop because it hurt; never tried typing the words because Julia was SO insistent that it would not be the same. Well, it is! Typing always has been better for me, ever since I got my first typewriter back in the dark ages (that’s 1962 lol). The difference in my willingness to ‘play’ with words, and in actual output is amazing. Thank you, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Fri, Apr 06
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Having this personal space to write with its simple and encouraging environment has helped me to create ridiculous first drafts of all kinds of writing. As a result: getting started is much easier – productivity and happiness up. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Leslie T on Fri, Apr 06