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

3 cups

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
7 cups

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
1 cup

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
4 cups
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
4 cups

“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
3 cups

365 days in a row done. Crazy stuff. Thanks 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Kristie Bradfield on Tue, Jul 31
1 cup

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
4 cups

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
3 cups

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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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
5 cups

500,000 words! Woo hoo!

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Sat, Jul 28
9 cups

The Basic Principles, by Julia Cameron
1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
3. When we open ourselves to our creativity we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
5. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
6. The refusal to be creative is self will and is counter to our true nature.
7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our destiny.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Sat, Jul 28
3 cups

Yesterday was my 100th consecutive day of writing. This feels like the one of the best pro-active habits I have ever incorporated into my life. It’s also good to know that there are others out there writing, every day. Cheers to all of us! Thank you, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Laurie L on Sat, Jul 28
1 cup
easier to get badges

well if u made all the badges easier to get then think u would more people finish quicker and they if they liked it so much they would make a new acount and start all over again to achieve there biggest goal think about that.

Sighned by Young Kai Dao and brothers.

New Feature Request Note from Young Kai Dao on Sat, Jul 28
1 cup
Improve the Today page

I’d LOVE if you could tell the stats to ignore certain words or phrases. For instance, I use the word “like” as a filler a lot, and it skews my feelings stat strongly towards “Affection” unless I go back and edit it out. If I could just tell the stats to ignore that word, it’d be a lot easier and my stats would be a lot more accurate!

New Feature Vote from Reggie on Fri, Jul 27
5 cups

I just completed my first 100,000 words. It simply would not have happened without this amazing site. Thank you so much Buster!

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Thu, Jul 26
3 cups

Tomorrow will be 600 consecutive days that I have written on this site.

I have to be honest and say that some days this feels like a chore. Yet, when I have finished my “chore” I feel accomplished.

Some days I rail at the unfairness of the world. Some days a character speaks through my fingers and records their thoughts, their actions, their dreams.

Every day, I have an opportunity to declutter my brain and my heart. I have cried as I have written here, I have laughed as I have written here.

I am so very grateful that there is a “here” where I can do this.

Testimonial Note from Mary Eagan on Thu, Jul 26
6 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Aoife Lonergan on Thu, Jul 26
2 cups

This site is a wonderful find! Having not written fiction consistently for more than a decade, it’s given me the inspiration and motivation to sit down and write every day. Sadly, I accidentally missed a day on the challenge, but I’m cheering on the remaining folks who are so close to the finish line on the July challenge. And I’m more than happy to donate my patronage to all you writers gearing up for August!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Nicole Lungerhausen on Wed, Jul 25
1 cup

Thanks so much for such a great site where I can write every morning to clear my head, record my dreams and work through any weirdness I am going through. I have been at it for over 200 straight days. Well almost, I missed one day because my studio flooded and another day was not counted because I did some editing and was a word short of 750 and did not realize it. But I have quit counting at this point and have proven to myself the value of having writing as a part of my morning ritual.

Testimonial Note from MonkeyMagick on Wed, Jul 25
12 cups

Yesterday I flew across the country, and was too rushed to write in the airport as I was planning to do (thank you, free wifi at SeaTac). Thus, my 100+ day streak has now turned into nothing, which strangely feels liberating. It turns out I don’t just write for badges and rewards. While a great perk, I am now happily motivated to write for the joy of writing. I look forward to this space every morning, where my brain can whirr its thoughts into my fingers for 15 minutes. Thank you Buster, for making this all possible.

Testimonial Note from Amy Englesberg on Wed, Jul 25
10 cups

Today marks my 600th day of writing. I have never had a streak of writing that long before! This site is amazing for me. It is a place that I can come and clear my head before starting my day, or puzzle out a problem that has me baffled. I have made many decisions and discoveries here, and my life is better for all of them. Thank you, Buster, for giving me a space to do all of this and for making it inspire me to write every day.

Testimonial Note from Patty Mathews on Wed, Jul 25
1 cup

I failed my challenge so close to the end! So I donate my Cup of Patronage to those who will succeed. Good luck, fair writers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Jul 24
25 cups

I just wanted to use my cups on something good. Go 826!

Double Down on Charity Note from Mario Vittone on Mon, Jul 23
1 cup

I just passed 100,000 words today — it took a long time, but it’s possible! You can do it!

Testimonial Note from Liz Ahl on Mon, Jul 23
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from angela on Sat, Jul 21
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Rosie on Fri, Jul 20
1 cup

Good idea.

Double Down on Charity Note from Rosie on Fri, Jul 20