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

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Improve the writing page

Allow the option to set a short (150 characters? 200?) topic to guide our writing for each day. Topics could be planned for any day in the future, and for the current day. The daily reminder e-mail would prominently display your chosen topic for the day, which would also be at the top of the writing page, where it could be further edited and refined. Topics would be stored for past days as title headers for each day’s words.

New Feature Vote from Carl Polley on Tue, Feb 14
2 cups

Before 750 words, I just thought about being a writer. I would read about writing, talk to writers and jot down notes for future stories. Everything- ideas, images and language- was all there but I lacked a platform and the inspiration to make it happen. Not anymore. 750 words is the platform and the badges (me, a Phoenix, wow!) along with seeing my work in front of me are my inspiration. Thanks to Buster, Mario and everyone else involved for this site which has allowed me to make that dream a reality.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Johnson on Tue, Feb 14
1 cup

writing clears the cobwebs out of my head when i leave them on the computer screen … they soar up into ‘the cloud’ and my mind is quiet and empty. so glad that this site exists.

Testimonial Note from Maude May on Mon, Feb 13
1 cup

I learned about 750 Words from Cathy Day. Decided to give it a whirl and cranked out 879 words. Not being sure if they were saved or not, I went to copy and hit cut of course… wouldn’t you know it. This may not sound inspiring, but maybe it was ordained or something like that… I’ll be back as soon as I finish this cup of coffee…

Testimonial Note from Ted Strutz on Mon, Feb 13
2 cups

Started again the one month challenge this month of Feb 2012. It is nice to feel I can do it again.
Feel inspired again.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Mon, Feb 13
2 cups

Just passing it on. Thanks so much. Hxxx

Double Down on Charity Note from Helen Middleton on Sun, Feb 12
1 cup

750 words has allowed me to discover that I can write every day, all it takes is the promise of a spot on the ‘amazing’ wall, and the threat of a spot on the ‘shame’ wall. Oh and a few badges as well. Who knew it was as simple as that!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Syme on Sun, Feb 12
3 cups

I love writing every day, and 750 Words makes it effortlessly easy. The daily reminders are very helpful, and the ability to track key metrics of my writing makes the exploration of thought much more insightful.

Testimonial Note from Tanner Christensen on Sun, Feb 12
1 cup

I have been using your site to help me overcome the writer’s block that I have had around writing my dissertation. I am a single mother with a middle schooler who needs a lot of help with his homework. He is very smart, but does not write down his thoughts. I spend immense amounts of my own energy helping him to write his thoughts down and then I used to not have the energy to write my dissertation.

I started coming to your site at 5am every morning and writing about my emotions around my dissertation and what is blocking me. Now I am mostly writing the vignettes that will be a part of my dissertation and book on your site.

I want to support 826, because it is something like what my son really needs. I am sure there are many children who do not feel comfortable writing down their thoughts and fully expressing themselves. I cannot afford a private tutor, so I hope to be able to find something like 826 for my child. He would become a better writer through this, I know he will over time anyway, and I will finish my dissertation and a book.

BTW, I am becoming more patient with my son and his homework as I make more progress on my own project, too.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kim Munoz on Sun, Feb 12
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lotte Stowe on Sat, Feb 11
1 cup

As something that I just did on and off when i first started, to something that I have been doing everyday now for 44 days. It may not seem like alot, but it has changed my routine, I normally do my words at night, and helps me off load things that have been going on, allowing much more restful nights. I can’t really imagine missing a day. Also, has allowed me to be much more creative, as I turn over ideas in my head for a different projects, I know have somewhere to writing those ponderings, without feeling like any of them have to be good. So, as someone that loves writing, I love this site!

Testimonial Note from Emily Smith on Sat, Feb 11
1 cup
A better mobile site

Seems like a popular one!

New Feature Vote from Brandy Blackshear on Sat, Feb 11
1 cup
Improve the homepage

I would love for the sign-in buttons to appear on the front page, rather than requiring me to click through.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 10
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Fri, Feb 10
2 cups

Just hit 100 days, and now this feels like an unalterable part of my morning routine. For a while I was disappointed that I seemed only to be writing down my mental garbage instead of coming up with clever story ideas. Then I noticed that I was coming up with those ideas during other parts of my day. 750 Words lets me clear out the gunk so the good stuff can shine though. Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Shelley McIntyre on Fri, Feb 10
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jenny on Thu, Feb 09
2 cups

I never thought it was possible to write this long after 113 days now and still going strong. It helps me clear my mind after a long day of work on my feet as a nurse. I have a place now to dump all the day of nursing into and get my head clear to write for my children short stories for the magazines. I have a place to write things down now and go back and use some of the writings. Thanks again for this site. I wish more nurses would know about this and it does make a person feel better to sit and write about your long and sometimes crazy days.

Testimonial Note from Lori Crouse on Thu, Feb 09
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Yes! This would be awesome. I’m already using the iPad for 750words. An app would be a sweet bonus

New Feature Vote from Aaron Tosti on Thu, Feb 09
3 cups

Little mice, churning cream into butter.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Pat Wiedorn on Thu, Feb 09
1 cup
Badges for each Monthly Challenge

I would love to see unique badges for each monthly challenge. It would be fun to know when we signed up that in addition to the options for reward and punishment, if we could win a badge for successfully completing the challenge as well. It would be very fun to see an accumulation of monthly challenge badges!

New Feature Request Note from Laura Hibberd on Wed, Feb 08
3 cups

A cup or three to the winners of February!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Yonmei onIJ on Wed, Feb 08
1 cup

It’s almost 100 days of everyday writing. I never thought it’s possible for me – motivating myself to just sit and write whatever is on my mind. Short stories, sketches, fanfiction, one hundred days of creativity and I’m still deeply amazed of how my daily routine has changed because of this. 750 Words is something that made me believe that one day I’ll be able to write a book without loosing faith in myself in the middle. I’m looking forward to another 100 days! :)

Testimonial Note from Issay on Wed, Feb 08
3 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Ginger Bidwell on Wed, Feb 08
1 cup

I have been calling myself a writer since I retired (as it is not polite for someone my age to do nothing). All the other things I have tried to do, a writing course, blogs, develop a series of short stories have terrified me. I didn’t feel ready for others to read my writing. A couple of weeks ago I tried 750 words for a lark, nothing to loose, and found I could do it, I enjoyed it and even that the results were fairly good. My confidence increased and I look forward to my writing each day so that I am positively thinking about going back to the writing course.

In fact, when my router broke and I had to stop writing on 750 words, it became a problem. I would stare at my useless computer screen and wish …

Testimonial Note from Lilian on Wed, Feb 08
1 cup

For the past few years, I’ve had an incurable case of Writer’s Block. Whenever November rolled around, I would write for the month, but it was like pulling teeth. As soon as November ended, I would stop writing and would steep in self-loathing for the next eleven months. My friend introduced me to 750 Words a couple of weeks ago, and it’s helped me to turn all of that around. 750 words is a perfectly reachable goal. I have an 18-day streak right now, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. This site has helped me so much, both mentally and emotionally. I feel a lot better about my writing, and, consequently, about myself. It’s something that I really need in my life right now. I’m happy to be here, and I’m going for that Space Bird!

Testimonial Note from Tiffari on Wed, Feb 08
2 cups

Sounds awesome!

Double Down on Charity Note from Paulina on Tue, Feb 07
1 cup

This website changed my life. I went through a rough patch last fall, and writing every day really helped me clear my mind and realize what was going on. I also started doing 3 A.M. Epiphany exercises on here, and it’s such a nice space to write in!

Testimonial Note from Paulina on Tue, Feb 07
1 cup

This site has challenged me in ways I couldn’t imagine.

While recently taking a weekend trip, I neglected to plan for my daily writing. On the first day, I was able to con my way into a hotel business center to get online. On the second day, I found a coffee shop that still had a public terminal.

I had to drive around and spend a significant amount of time trying to get online, but I knew I couldn’t let my words go unwritten. How the heck did this happen?

It gets inside of you. There are days when I still almost forget. But I feel like I left something undone, and I can’t sleep.

I’m liking the ride so far!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Feb 07
1 cup

Writing 750 words each morning allows me to clear my head of all the clutter in there before I start working on my novel each morning.

Testimonial Note from Jodie Winter on Tue, Feb 07
1 cup

As a science journalist-turned-community manager at a Silicon Valley startup, I often find myself wanting for those long, late hours writing my thesis or just dongling around with words for fun. 750Words has given me the excuse to go ahead and just do it again – be it for work, fun, or research. I think I’ll be using this place to replace my basic text editor from now on…

Testimonial Note from Kristina Bjoran on Tue, Feb 07