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’m finally telling the story I need to tell. I’m really beginning to get it down, because it’s taken a few years of doing ‘morning pages’ to really realize that it’s not going away, and I’ve just got to get it out.

Testimonial Note from Victoria Farr on Mon, May 14
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Marek on Sun, May 13
1 cup

I’m closing in on a full-year streak (318 days!) and just scheduled some time off for travel. (I’ll still write – I’m just not sure it will be uploaded.) I don’t usually go for badges and streaks and record keeping – but I’m loving this site. The simplicity of it makes it work.

Just write. Thank you for creating it.

Testimonial Note from Bullwinkle Moose on Sun, May 13
2 cups

I discovered 750 words last summer thanks to another writer, and use it to explore ideas for my next novel, sketch out scenes that are giving me trouble, talk to reticent characters, and to pretty much clear out every other obstacle that stands in the way of progress along my writing journey.
In fact, this site has become one of the most productive parts of my writing routine, and, very much like that daily cup of java in the morning, it has become hard to start my day without my 750 words.
Thanks for setting this up!!

Testimonial Note from ☮❤♪♬ on Sat, May 12
2 cups

Working with this site has helped me learn 2 big things.

One, there is always more to write. Even if I think I have written all I can for one day, there will be something for me to do tomorrow. That’s comforting since I had once worried I was not creative enough to keep ideas flowing.

Two, 750 words are not that many. I can do that writing and stay in touch with that creative spirit in less than a half hour a day. It’s an exercise of the mind, and thanks to the fun badges and notices of continuous days, I want to keep going.

This really is a great site. I recommend it to my friends, and I’m going to keep using it.

Testimonial Note from Julie Moncada on Fri, May 11
6 cups

Good luck everyone! :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, May 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, May 11
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, May 11
3 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Allison Cabellon on Fri, May 11
2 cups

Before 750 words I was never able to stick with journaling for more than a few days at a time. Now I’ve got in 159 days without too many breaks. Sometimes the words are meaningless trivialities or venting, but it’s always cleansing for the mind. Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Gerald Cox on Wed, May 09
1 cup

750 words helps me work through so many challenges – often I sit down thinking “Oh, I feel SO angry” about something and by the end of my writing I’ve processed through all the anger, realized the learning I got from the situation, and come out the other side realizing how to move forward – may it do the same for you!!!

Testimonial Note from christine lukasik on Wed, May 09
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Maybe have the option to turn on a daily writing prompt that stays in the top right corner.

Also, I don’t know if it’s possible, but it would be cool if users could choose to donate their idle time (750words’ unused processing power) to one of those @home research groups.

New Feature Vote from Emily Cooper on Tue, May 08
18 cups

Bottoms up! Thanks again Buster for this amazing site!

Double Down on Charity Note from Derrick Woolfson on Tue, May 08
1 cup

I come and go with being an active writer on this site, but always feel so much better when I stick with it. Hoping this time I will keep with it.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Zakoske on Mon, May 07
15 cups

This site has brought out of me some of my best ideas and has instilled in me the belief that I don’t have to get it right on the first go. There will be DRAFTS! Editing while writing will be a never-ending battle. 750 Words has aided me in bringing the battle to an end. :)

Testimonial Note from Michelle Akin on Mon, May 07
1 cup

I have discovered the site two months back thanks to one of the guys I am following on Twitter. Since I am writing here (and I missed only two days in two months) I have realized that I start the day with a lot clearer head and thoughts well sorted.
The biggest benefit was to realize that I have so much material, that I can start my blog now (finally after a couple of years)! Imagine how that feels!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 06
11 cups
Secure server for writing

I concur that this should be a priority. Nearly every testimonial talks about people using this site as a form of therapy or a journal. An awful lot of trust going on here.

New Feature Vote from Alexandra Berryhill on Sun, May 06
1 cup

I love this site because it has encouraged me to journal more and just get everything out. I can release emotions or recount the daily events in my life. I have kept handwritten journals for years. Because of the challenge of getting my words in everyday and being on a streak and seeing my badge change I am inspired to keep the trend going. Even on a recent vacation I managed to keep my writing and my streak up using my notes on my iphone to journal and then copying and pasting or writing directly into the site. Because of the challenge there is more of me on these pages than ever before and I really like that I can go back and track my life. I have only been here for a few months and it is the one site I check into every day and make my contribution of thoughts. Thank you for such a great way to write no matter what it is that you like to write.

Testimonial Note from Susanne M. Ward on Sun, May 06
1 cup

This site has been an absolute godsend. It’s allowed me to basically journal more effectively than I ever have in my life. I’m able to get myself into a regular schedule and it helps every day to clear my head. This is a great thing you’ve given us, thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Bethany Sparkle on Sun, May 06
5 cups
Secure server for writing

All you need is to get your server attacked by some script kiddie looking to swipe the next Great American novel, or to blackmail some writer who’s journaling intimate secrets.

New Feature Vote from Oren Litwin on Sun, May 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kayden on Sun, May 06
3 cups

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
3 cups

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Thu, May 03
1 cup

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