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

1 cup

I’m a very competitive person. To this end, I win NaNoWriMo because I see other people beating me on word count and I can’t stand it. It got to such a point that last year I finished my 50K in eight days – my fastest yet. Then I didn’t write at all for the rest of the month. But this site has helped me write every day, because I must get the space bird badge!

Testimonial Note from Necia Johnston on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

Love this site – was trying for weeks to do morning pages but my hand cramps and I’m a slow handwriter and my thoughts went way too fast campared to what I could get on the page – then I started 750words and I just finished my first month challenge. Best idea ever.

Testimonial Note from Mary Quick on Sun, Jul 01
2 cups

750 words has changed my life. I started using this site the day I stopped self-injuring. Swapping one habit for another, I thought. I never expected it to work.
It’s been over 50 days now, the longest I’ve gone without hurting myself in two years. Every time I feel the urge to turn my anger on myself, I sit down at my labtop and write it out. It might not last forever, but for now, it works. It gives me something to work toward, and for the first time in a long time my life is about living, rather than just being alive. For that, I could not be more thankful.

Testimonial Note from Ceb on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

750 Words is for me a commitment to continue writing. Most days I admit that I have absolutely nothing worthwhile to say. But still I keep putting these words down on the page in hopes that even though the content of my writing may not be noteworthy perhaps the quality of my writing about nothing will improve. An English teacher once told me that my writing was a euphonious vacuum, only not so euphonious. Perhaps the sound of my vacuum is now a little more pleasant to the ear.

Testimonial Note from Robert Ryan Langer on Sun, Jul 01
5 cups

i just completed the june challenge. yes! second month in a row. thank you so much. the words come out easily and its always at a much needed time. the act of writing emotions, ideas and anything else that may come up is very refreshing. it is a great outlet which i look forward to and i fully appreciate… again, thank you.

Testimonial Note from sha-dow on Sun, Jul 01
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I just completed the June Challenge! I absolutely adore this site because it has helped me so much. I tell everyone I know about it, and I hope more people will use it and find it as useful as I have :-)

Double Down on Charity Note from Kristina Behner on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

Victory in June = another month completed! 750words is my close friend now; I’m heading to the post-Pterodactyl badge, moving from “get-it-written-today” seeing-the-trees mode to Seeing-The-Forest mode and setting a month’s theme: for July = Pretend Blogger. Love the progress 750words has helped me make and thanks to Buster and the team!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Jul 01
5 cups
Privacy Policy needed

I’ve been using this site for months, and it has been really helpful, but I have been hoping that Buster will finally add a privacy policy and implement some proper security measures. Until these serious problems are fixed, I will be taking a break from writing here.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 30
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Double Down on Charity Note from Molly Rastin on Sat, Jun 30
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I did it! My goal for June was the NaNo badge (write 50,000 words in one month); just finished the last set today. I’m jazzed… unexpected side effects: three draft poems, a short story-fable written in one go WITHOUT stopping and letting my “editor” take control. This is a good thing… NaNo (for real!) in November seems more and more doable. Whee…

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

Congratulating myself! Today is the first full month I have written every day for any one month I’ve been a member – around 1.5 years. I use the site strictly for writing Morning Pages as in the Artist Way program, which uses free flow writing. Some days I just don’t make it here unless I do it first thing in morning which I finally am getting better at!

I rarely look at stats nor days completed. I just do the 750 words and more – sometimes copy out paras for a separate electronic journal. I found watching the stats interferes too much with the “free writing” part of the program for me. I think too much then. However, I did just have a lot of fun seeing what a whole month of days in a row brought about – happy to see I am pretty positive – more then in the past.

I have tried to do whole month’s, as a goal and other harder talks to self, but have never made it until this one. Yeah for me! Ironically, it is also a month when I just said on the first day, “Oh well, I give up, this is what I want, but will not obsess over it any more. Some days are just difficult…” And here I am.

I also find I had bought these cups of patronage and not used them – so, here, a couple cups raised to you all & especially to Buster and Mario for making this great site!

As an AW user of it, who never felt quite safe leaving inner thoughts lying around in paper pads, I love the privacy factor and the fact my typing has improved tremendously ;-)

Testimonial Note from sandi kohler on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

This has really helped me and I was gutted when I missed one day because of the badge I was aiming for but after 30 days the goal is far wider. I’d like more badges please as I clearly am 37 going on 5 but I love it!

New Feature Vote from Teigh-Anne Shave on Sat, Jun 30
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Reviewing the Daily Stats page helps me better evaluate how I’m expressing the coming to terms with my Mom’s death and prolonged struggle with mental and emotional problems. I think this is what makes 750Words such a valuable tool. I not only get motivated to write each day but have a chance to reflect on how my thoughts are coming across.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

I broke my 500 day streak this month and find that a strange feeling.

I did it almost consciously: I knew I would be away from Internet access for two days, but in the past I’ve carried on writing anyway.

On this occasion, I’d just had my new badge for a few days and decided to just let it go. I realised that I’d become a bit too dominated by what might be better as a fun incentive.

I still feel a wistful regret. Silly!

Testimonial Note from Tim Leighton-Boyce on Sat, Jun 30
4 cups

After a 172 day streak, I only missed one day before coming back. Well, that’s mainly because of Camp Nanowrimo and I’ve been writing 2000 words a day anyway, and where else would I write it but on 750 words? But now i’ve got a 5 day tail and I’m happy. Only 167 more to go!

Testimonial Note from Anna Lowery on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup

With a predominantly poetry background, I was a little worried about my ability to generate words when I decided to begin writing fiction. Now I can’t shut up! Thanks to 750 words for giving me the means to practice and experiment.

Testimonial Note from Alvin Knox on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup

I know its difficult to keep up with writing during the exciting summer months when there’s so much to do and so many vacations to take, but the simple act of starting my day with a cup of coffee, a little music, and a clearing of my mind here, has really helped me to be stronger and to take on the day with more clarity. I’ve found that I achieve more, I stay on goal, not only in my writing but in most other things in my life. I just want to thank SevenFifty again. This has been the best find of my life! What a sigh of relief I feel every day when I’ve written it all out!

Testimonial Note from Jules DeBo on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to see more badges! Some between 30 and 100 days would be nice. Also, how about a badge for accomplishing more than one monthly challenge?

New Feature Vote from Kristina Behner on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Definitely more badges!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup

750 has improved my fiction writing, no doubt. The surprising bonus has been the improvement to my problem solving skills. I wake up every morning and start writing. Usually I find myself writing frantically about a meeting or issue at work that I’m feeling anxious over. Getting the facts down on “paper” helps me view the situation more objectively, and doing so in a no pressure vacuum ebbs away the anxiety. Thank you 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Duncan Whitmire on Thu, Jun 28
1 cup

It’s been stated by others, but I must reiterate….this site is a comfort. It reminds me that I do, in fact, have something to say, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Testimonial Note from Crystal Braeuner on Tue, Jun 26
2 cups

I know I get into the habit of just writing everyday. It sometimes seems like I’m just barfing my thoughts out, but through all of these thoughts I pour out, out come some worthy nuggets.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Jun 25
6 cups

I am so grateful for this site….. I tithe 10% where i feel spiritually fed of all money that comes my way. This is not a forced act and is done very consciously. I ask myself whenever I receive money, “show me where I have been spiritually fed?” And this site is where I feel spiritually fed a lot of the time right now. I have used these pages for 2 months now and I have had some great self learning and healing. Thank you, thank you,thank you!

Testimonial Note from Leanne Clarkson on Sun, Jun 24
1 cup
Improve detection of "breaks" vs. saving errors

This is the second time that your server has run into a problem saving my work, and by the time it had worked the problem out I was credited for a break.

It seems that an easy way to solve the problem would be to have the system detect for “0 words.” If there had previously been a positive number of words, and then the word count drops to zero, the default should be to assume a failure to save rather than a break.

New Feature Request Note from Oren Litwin on Sun, Jun 24
1 cup

I’ve been in a funk with my writing for a while. I didn’t really know where to start to be honest. Now that I’ve joined 750words I find that I’m not just writing out the 750 words a day, but I find myself thinking something and wanting to write it down again, instead of just letting it flit out of my head.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Testimonial Note from Marylin on Fri, Jun 22
4 cups

Often and little brings great progress. So thirtyone days of sevenhundredfifty words should get you well along the way – whatever your destination.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 22
5 cups

750 Word has helped me to get out of slumps, to break mind binds, to plan my next steps and to figure out what was wrong with situations. And to find solutions.
And along the way it helped me become a faster, more natural writer and bust writing block.
So: Best self-help tool ever!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 22
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Double Down on Charity Note from Brenda Sharpe on Fri, Jun 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Brenda Sharpe on Fri, Jun 22
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More badges for accomplishments

There’s a badge for the morning and there’s a badge for night, but what about those who write on here during lunch? Why not have a badge that’s like the Noontime Cat or a Bologna Sandwich for writing between 11am and 3pm ten days in a row?

New Feature Vote from Hannah Donnelly on Fri, Jun 22