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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I’m a teacher who LOVES my job, because I get to talk about the power of reading and writing ALL DAY to tweens. I connect with 12-13 year olds through our stories and the stories of others, what is more awesome than that? Not much. So kudos to Buster for giving proceeds to 826 Seattle!

Double Down on Charity Note from Amy Gonzalez on Mon, Oct 08
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I have experienced true distress upon missing a day of writing and breaking a streak. I tried various reminder tools but they didn’t work. Now I begin each morning with a bracelet on my left wrist. When I complete my words I move it to my right wrist. If I go to take it off at night and it is still on my left wrist – I proceed directly to the computer to write. So far it has really worked.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Sun, Oct 07
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I think this site does the perfect balance of providing intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. First off, I AM ALL ABOUT THE BADGES! I love my “Awesome” Horse Badge. There is also something really cool about possibly becoming a “phoenix” if I reach a 100 straight days of writing, which will be right before my birthday. But all of that is the fun part of 750words, the other part helps me dig at what I truly want to say about my daily experiences. Usually it starts off terrible but always at some point a nugget of wisdom comes through.

Testimonial Note from Amy Gonzalez on Sun, Oct 07
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Like Jerry, I am coming up on my first complete year of 750words and to greet NaNoWriMo. 750 is my friend, my writing buddy, my soother and smoother of words and spirit. I love coming in every morning……and writing.

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Oct 07
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Smooth-running site

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if badges displayed properly and there were no recurring error messages distracting the writing, and the weather stat came back. Then my hives would go away.

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Oct 07
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Option to not receive an email if already completed

I would love it if there was an option to opt out of the reminder email if I had already written my words for the day. Every time I get the 750words email, I have a brief moment of panic before reading the subject line where I wonder if I wrote my words or not. I rather not have that moment if I don’t need to.

New Feature Request Note from Josh W. on Sat, Oct 06
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Ron Shigeta on Fri, Oct 05
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I come and go from 750words from time to time, but I always find that when I am doing my daily words, the rest of my writing day is much improved. Sometimes I use the time to write a new blog post or some of my work-in-progress, and other times I simply use it to clear my head of all the other things rattling around in there that are better out and dealt with before I start my other work. Either way, it’s a useful and inspirational place to come every day! Wonder what badge I’ll work up to this time before I fall off the wagon again? ;)

Testimonial Note from Sherry D. Ramsey on Fri, Oct 05
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This site had helped me to learn how to decipher my emotions and is causing me to see myself even still now today.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous John Doe on Thu, Oct 04
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sometimes my brain feels foggy, like I’m living in a dream and I become anxious and afraid that I’m going crazy. my doctor says it’s generalized anxiety and there are medications for it, but I find writing 750 words a day the most effective way of dealing with my issues. thank you for making this possible, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Marcia Veldman on Thu, Oct 04
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Thanks Buster for 750 words. I am sneaking up on a year of writing and getting ready for NaNoWriMo again. This site has kept me sharp and on track to write every day.

Testimonial Note from Jerry Charles Toops on Thu, Oct 04
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I have just become a phoenix in the last few days. Having written for this amount of time has changed so many things. I am more focused on everything I do because I use my writing in the morning to clear out the junk and get my direction for the day. I am childish enough to LOVE the badges too! Thank you 750 words for getting me going!

Testimonial Note from April Whalley on Thu, Oct 04
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Whether I’m working through an essay for school, brainstorming for a story, or simply venting my feelings, 750words is a great way to help me focus. In the past couple years, I’d lost the passion I once had for writing, but the motivation that 750words offers has helped to rekindle that passion. I find myself excited to start each day with some writing to clear my mind. Who knows—it might even motivate me to finish NaNoWriMo for the first time ever.

Testimonial Note from Rachelle Yarbrough on Wed, Oct 03
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Renewing my patron status since I’m now over 27x days in a row. I do love the simplicity and focus of this site. Thanks, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Tue, Oct 02
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Go, October challenge writers, go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Tue, Oct 02
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Better Export Page Summary

It would be great to have a better export page summary with number of days and words written in a month. And probably remove months where no writing was done.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Tue, Oct 02
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I have been on the site for 13 mos. – very erratically, often with long absences – but nothing here condemns me, and the friendly reminder in my email says the same bright, simple, TRUE thing each day. “I should write 750 words today!” and when I do, I can tell that it’s working because I feel clearer, like I’ve kept a promise to myself that needed keeping. Thank you all for challenging yourselves and each other this way. Keep writing, you may have something great to say…

Testimonial Note from Rainbow M. Colder on Tue, Oct 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Shell on Tue, Oct 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Shell on Tue, Oct 02
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I am a writer and a poet who spends most of my time writing already. My sister-in-law sent this site to me and I was unsure how I would use it or if it would be helpful at all.

When I first started to use 750 words, I would write a little about what I was thinking and then I would paste in some of the writing I had already done that day in order to meet the 750 word limit. Sometimes it would be a blog post, sometimes a series of poems. However one day I wrote the entry first thing in the morning. I hadn’t really written anything ye, so I had to keep writing about myself. It turns out I am not able to do that for 750 words without writing about writing. Where I want my current project to go, what I might do to improve this story or that, what I could learn about writing from the book I was reading. It was a great discovery. I made so many breakthroughs with the writing I was doing through that one entry and even more through the next.

Now this is still relatively new to me and I don’t expect to do it every day for the rest of my life (but I might) however I think it’s a really good motivational tool to encourage the recording of ideas and days in a really slap dashed, fast paced way.

As a writer who spends a lot of her time editing, it is refreshing to write something that I will never have to edit and that no one else will ever read. It seemed self-indulgent at first, but the effects that it has had on my writing is profound.

Testimonial Note from Caitlin Elizabeth Jans on Tue, Oct 02
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rebecca Antley on Tue, Oct 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Rebecca Antley on Tue, Oct 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Oct 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Holly Becker on Mon, Oct 01
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This site has been amazing at motivating me to write every day. As an aspiring author, it’s really important for me to keep up my writing and continually stretch those mind muscles. Despite know that, I was having extreme difficulty keeping myself in check. But 750words.com has been a wonderful help at keeping me writing everyday, especially with the monthly challenges where I can set real consequences for failing to meet my writing goals. Thanks 750words.com! I am surely in your debt.

Testimonial Note from Katie Lewis on Mon, Oct 01
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This is my first note! I signed up for the September challenge, and succeeded! I honestly didn’t think I could do it. But I learned so much last month – that writing every day keeps the creative juices flowing, and that I look so forward to my nightly writing ritual. But most of all, I learned beyond a shadow of a doubt that I want writing to be my life, not just a hobby. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Kendra on Mon, Oct 01
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Haven’t written a testimonial in a while, but now is the time to say how much I appreciate the site and how it helps me keep track of what I’ve done and what I’m doing. Keeping the words flowing every day is a good thing and it helps in making sense of things by reflecting and writing every day.
Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Chris Campbell on Mon, Oct 01
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I started using this site to make writing a part of my daily life, but I’ve gotten much more than that out of it. The ten or fifteen minutes I spend freewriting on here keeps me so much more in touch with what’s going on with me emotionally. It’s become almost like a sort of meditation. I’d recommend it to absolutely anyone.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kristina Desmond on Mon, Oct 01
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Go for it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kristina Desmond on Mon, Oct 01