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

3 cups

There are many times that I write simply to get it done and that I want to still be in the running and not break my streak. Like many people, I’ve found myself counting down the words because I’m so tired and I just want it done! And, many times, after writing I would consider myself the dullest person in the world. But every once in a while, I realize that the words are writing me and not the other way around. I discover answers that evaded me throughout the day and I’ve come to realize that I can be my own best guru. This phenomena still astounds me. Recently, a published author said that she does not write what she knows, which is tedious; she writes to discover the unknown, and uses this information to develop her richly complex characters in her books. I think I get what she is saying. Life is more complex and has many layers. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface.

Testimonial Note from Donna Wallace on Wed, Apr 25
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I’m hardly a model user of this site. I’ve missed days, slapped up random crap on days when I didn’t want to write, and counted down every 100 words on days when I didn’t have anything to say. I’ve used my daily words to brainstorm for essays or novels, to record what happened during my day, to repeat the same old complaints about my life and my personality. Many days I’ve written, not because I want to, or because I have something to say, or even because I’m dedicated to the site, but just because I can be competitive and I didn’t want my streak to vanish.

But despite that, looking back at what I’ve written since I joined the site, I find things of value. I find a genuine record of my thought process, something I can go back to later to see how I solved a particular problem or how often I’ve felt a certain way. I’ve been using the metadata feature since early January and that’s equally valuable as a shorthand to track things I consider important. Even the days where I literally counted down every 100 words (and those are more common than I’d like to admit) have something to offer, if only as proof that I can take things far too seriously. 750 words lets me, as a dedicated introvert who specializes in overthinking things, get out of my own head a bit and step back. Seeing my thoughts in black and white brings perspective and can act as either a wake up call or an endorsement that I’m moving in the right direction with whatever I’m thinking about.

I might not be the poster child for users here, but the site has made its way into my daily routine and I’m grateful for it.

Also, watching my typing speed increase over time has been delightful.

Testimonial Note from Anne smyrl on Wed, Apr 25
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Double Down on Charity Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Apr 23
20 cups

Yesterday after writing for 768 days in a row. I forgot to write!! I realized it this morning after starting my usual routine of writing today. At first I felt disappointed and sad, but then I realized that this site and writing daily is such an integral part of my life – that I just assume that I do it every day and I do not need to think about it. I just do it. So, this morning as usual – I did my writing.

I am back to being an egg after flying high with space birds! The most important thing to me is that I now know I can be very disciplined. I have proven this to myself by writing every day for over 2 years. Writing every day for so long has resulted in amazing changes throughout my life. Thank you 750 words and Buster.

Testimonial Note from Warren Cowley on Mon, Apr 23
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Keep it up. You can be more than what you are today.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Dave Kellow on Sun, Apr 22
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For having done something, something slightly different, in every day, I am a better person. I’m coming up on a two month long streak. What this has done is to enable me to change other areas in my life. Holding on to this makes me pray more, exercise more, and hold myself more accountable. I feel a bit more like I’m living my life instead of just letting it happen to me.

Testimonial Note from Dave Kellow on Sun, Apr 22
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Sometimes it’s drivel … just typing those words to stack them up endlessly like old poker chips with no value behind them.

Sometimes it’s a to-do list or complaining about this or that.

Sometimes it’s flying high on a good feeling and wanting to capture every detail so I can remember some day when I need it, like “catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day.”

One day, I tried writing with the radio on … the whole 750 words was song lyrics. I couldn’t help myself!

But then, the month was OVER, and I had DONE IT! I had completed the 750words one-month challenge! And because I had only missed ONE day in January, I was well on my way to yet another badge.

So the next month (March 2012), I dared myself to not only complete another one-month 750words challenge, but to ALSO earn the badge for writing 50,000 words in one month.

The writing got richer. I can’t stack several thousand words a day like meaningless poker chips. I have to say something meaningful sooner or later. And the more meaningful writing I did, the easier it was to do MORE meaningful writing!

I earned that badge for writing 50,000 words in March. I’m back to writing just 750 words every day. I recently earned the badge for a 100-day streak. I’m on day 109 now.

I don’t plan to stop.

If I did, I would miss out on discovering what I have to say!

Good luck with YOUR challenge. For me, it continues to be worth the effort!

Testimonial Note from Sharon on Sat, Apr 21
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More badges for accomplishments

I love getting badges, it’s really encouraging.

New Feature Vote from Shona on Fri, Apr 20
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750 Words appeals to my competitive side – I always have to try to beat my last streak, so it really helps spur me on to write and to ensure that I actually sit down and some work instead of slacking off.

Testimonial Note from Shona on Fri, Apr 20
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Thanks for the year of writing to clear my mind!

Double Down on Charity Note from Dawn McWilliams on Fri, Apr 20
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Day 365! I can’t believe I made it a full year of writing every single day. In the past, I’ve tried to keep a journal. I’ve started with good intentions, writing every night for a week or two or even three. But I never made it past a month of daily writing until 750 Words! The badges got me motivated in the beginning and carried me beyond the six month mark before I knew it. After that, it was the catharsis I got from writing that kept me motivated. Daily writing clears my mind, allows me to sleep better, to organize my thoughts better, and to stay positive in a career that’s filled with Negative Nellie’s. Thank you so much, 750 Words, for my one year of relaxation! I’m hoping to be here for another year, cleaning my mind every day.

Testimonial Note from Dawn McWilliams on Fri, Apr 20
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from megan reilly on Fri, Apr 20
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from megan reilly on Fri, Apr 20
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Breaking all kinds of writing limits I have had in place for years, this is what participating in 750 words has helped me to do… thank you very much for making it possible.

Testimonial Note from kimberly coleman on Thu, Apr 19
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I started using 750 Words when I was feeling down and realized that part of the reason was that I hadn’t been writing for myself since the new semester of school had started. Once I got back to writing every day, I felt immensely better.

I am currently on my fifty day streak.

Testimonial Note from Ilana M on Wed, Apr 18
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More badges for accomplishments

I enjoy the badge system immensely and I’d love to have more of them.

New Feature Vote from Ilana M on Wed, Apr 18
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I got my Pterodactyl today. I have also written over 300,000 words to date too. That’s pretty awesome for me but I now find that after making the effort it isn’t really an effort any more to muster at least 750 words a day its just what I do. I rarely take more than twenty minutes to write the words so it really is worth sticking with it and using it as a personal development tool.

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Wed, Apr 18
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Longer Off-Times

I just tried to schedule time off because I will be out of the country with very limited internet access for the next month. Alas, the site has informed me that I can only have ten days off. Now, my carefully-preserved streak will be ruined! Please consider adjusting this feature to allow longer break times.

New Feature Request Note from Elizabeth Davidson on Tue, Apr 17
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The Coveted "Buster Badge"

I have recently won the Space Bird badge for completing 500 days in a row. Whoo-hoo! Go me! I really love the badges and think that there really NEEDS to be a badge for completing 750 days, don’t you think? It should have Buster’s picture (or caricature) on it. And I predict it will quickly become the most coveted of all the badges. I bow to you, Buster. Thanks for this site. It has made a writer out of me.

New Feature Request Note from Kathleen Thompson on Mon, Apr 16
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Jackie McG on Mon, Apr 16
1 cup

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 Mon, Apr 16
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Paulina on Mon, Apr 16
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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
1 cup

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 Artemis Claire 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
1 cup
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