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

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Since I have been using 750 words, I have only missed one day, and in the almost 2 months that I have been here, I was able to complete the challenge on the first full month.

It has helped me to begin something that I have always wanted to do: write a novel; and it has gotten me back into the habit of journalling. I have been doing this off and on since I was 13, but getting the badges has been just the incentive I have needed to be able to get in the habit of writing daily.

Thank You, 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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I just wanted to thank Buster. This site is amazing!

Thank-you

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 01
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I don’t always, or even usually, write work-related stuff, but I realize that even when I write to do lists or stream of consciousness personal reflections, it keeps me in the habit of writing every day. And in the past year since I began doing this (I just passed 365 days in a row writing at least 750 words per day), I have been more productive in my professional writing. I credit 750 words with that.

Testimonial Note from Joanie M on Fri, Jun 01
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Don’t be afraid. It may seem daunting at first but if you make it through the first 10 days you’ve created a small habit. It get easier if you schedule a time to write. Good luck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from B. Garant on Fri, Jun 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d like a few more breadcrumbs to keep the motivation there on the longer stretches. Heck, even frivoluos fun ones would be fine and maybe, big maybe, even the ability to share them on social networking sites like Google+ and Facebook.

New Feature Vote from B. Garant on Fri, Jun 01
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750 Words has helped with committing to something and following through. Not only has it been a bit of an accomplishment that I finished a monthly challenge but it showed me that publicly setting and goal and going for it is not such a scary thing. I’m really excited to keep writing and , as a result, I am excited to take what I learned here and apply it to other “real world” tasks.

Testimonial Note from B. Garant on Fri, Jun 01
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When I first found 750words, I was looking for a routine for, not only writing, but my life as well. My health had begun to deteriorate from neglect. I was surprised how easy it was to sit down every morning with a cup of coffee, check my mail and social sites, then come to 750 and just write out the cobwebs in my mind. At the end of every day, I started keeping track of what I ate and how I felt, etc etc.. and almost magically, I’ve made it to a 45 day streak! Now I find myself antsy all day long if I don’t sit down to write first thing every morning! Of course, that awful feeling of losing my streak helps me to pay attention too! I just wanted to thank Buster for setting up this unique site and fate for leading me to it! Keep writing no matter what. Its worth it!

Testimonial Note from Jules DeBo on Fri, Jun 01
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Last month was the first time I had written every day in a calendar month. I was totally shocked at just how accomplished I felt about it. This site has meant so much to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3

One Month Challenge Bounty from Bethany Sparkle on Fri, Jun 01
8 cups

my place of solace \ 750 words \ expression set free

750words is a place to go to free write whatever is in my head or heart and needs to flow through my pen (in this case, my keyboard). I love it that I can ponder, express, recapitulate and write about anything that can lead to any number of ideas being developed in one sitting. Sometimes I start writing about one strong idea and flip to another that becomes my main topic. I like that I am free to do that because this is the one place where I write that I can let go. I love 750words; my next tick goal in the timeline is 800 days. I can’t wait. I love the badges; they are such fun. Thank you, Buster, for providing this awesome site. It is my one stop every day that needs no reminder as most of the time I can’t wait to get here. Cheers to the admin team and my writing team mates, who, I hope, enjoy this site as much as I.

Testimonial Note from Donna Peach on Fri, Jun 01
4 cups

Somehow I managed to convince myself to write for CampNaNoWriMo – I suppose I just love writing 50K words in a month.

750words started all this coffee-and-wurd-fueled insanity, and I am ever grateful.

Double Down on Charity Note from Leslie Stewart on Fri, Jun 01
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I have been writing for 13 months, not every day, but once had a 160+ day streak and now am up to 35 again. I have written more than 440,000 words, not all well placed or goal oriented but even I recognize that is a lot of words. But more than that, I have an authoritative structure to turn to. When I tell my family, “I have to go write now,” they stop chatting, let me retreat and I go write. I also have had a long standing women’s group and when I tell them “I have women’s group tonight” somehow that seems like an acceptable reason to leave them to fend for themselves when in fact I am just going out to dinner with my friends. 750 words has become my support, my excuse for writing, my legitimization. I am still pondering why they respect this space, but they do.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Fri, Jun 01
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How good it feels to complete a monthly challenge!

It shows diligence and yet takes only a few minutes each day. It’s a great habit to write every morning or sometime during the day.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Charlotte Henley Babb on Fri, Jun 01
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Per Timezone Rankings

I am constantly frustrated that even though I usually write early (6am central time) I rarely make it into the top 100 writers. I feel like that the writers in the timezones east of me have an unfair advantage. By rating the top 100 (or even the top 10) writers per timezone you would level the playing field somewhat.

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Fri, Jun 01
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An iPhone/iPad app

One that will work offline and keep/record your words/streaks till you’re back in range of the interwebs.

New Feature Vote from Dan Dixon on Fri, Jun 01
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I talked to a young writer about my work on this site and how it has allowed me to develop my writing chops so that I more often, not only observe but also record my observations in writing. I also just feel that I have made some movement towards my goals when I do my pages and that is a positive note in my day.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Thu, May 31
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Don’t stop writing and if you have to stop, start back up again. Stop questioning, stop making excuses just write!

Testimonial Note from B. on Thu, May 31
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Now that I’ve achieved 100K words, I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and also the realization about how easy this is to do. It clears my head, and instills in me the idea that by simply starting small (100 words at a time, one day at a time, etc.), one can create something larger.

Testimonial Note from Erich Domingo on Thu, May 31
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Currently, everything entry I’ve written is merely composting. It’s settling here so that one day I can refer to it and create something else with it: a movie script, a novel, poetry, my autibiograph, something that’ll be valuable to me and maybe others to learn from or to entertain them. No moment has been wasted here at this site. I cherish every moment I type away my thoughts, feelings and beliefs here. I will crank out more. It all depends on how long I endure on this site.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Thu, May 31
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Today I finished the May 1-month challenge. I found this site after coming across the Artist’s Way, and doing this is what I took from that book. This site provided a structure and motivation to be successful at making daily writing a habit. I’m using the momentum from the successful goal I just finished to add a June yoga challenge to my morning routine. I have gotten some excellent breakthroughs and ideas from using this site to clear my thoughts out. The repetetiveness and negativity of my thoughts have measurably subsided. Thanks a lot for this great service, on to June and beyond!

Testimonial Note from Soham on Thu, May 31
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Реально классный сервис! После того, как в моем «страйке» стало больше 30 дней я даже стал напрягаться, если возникала вероятность того, что я могу пропустить очередной день. Рекомендую )))

Testimonial Note from Алексей on Thu, May 31
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I’ve started this extracurricular activity only recently. Before I began, I felt a sense of being overwhelmed and intimidated by the 750 word count. One may extrapolate that I was suffering from, ‘sticker shock.’

However, as I rested my knurled over worked hands on the beautiful instrument of my trade, my fingers came to life and I fell ‘write’ into it. With the joyous clacking music beating in my ears. I went from zero words, to 100, to 500 and before I knew it. I surpassed that magical 750 number and without so much as a glance back words, I kept on going.

With this one achievement clearly notched on my belt. I dust off my empty steel can of Folgers coffee and fill it to the brim with the wadded up scribbled on papers of my past failed attempts, I dab in a bit of diesel fuel, strike a kitchen match and with great pomp and gusto, I light it up.

As my old insecurities flash away into ash and smoke, I take into serious consideration, setting up camp here and staying for a while. As my metaphor extinguishes its’ self out. I think to myself. “I know without a shadow of a doubt. This is where it will happen. This is where I will make my stand. This is where I will conduct myself in my own personal field of battle.”

The die has been cast, the weapons of my choice are forged. From the cinders of my failed past, I retrieve my newly minted sword and shield of confidence and join the ranks of other potential writers.

Sitting here writing this, I take a moment to survey my fellow peers, I see the vast potential surrounding me, as I imagine a future filled with awe and wonder. I think to myself.

“This is where it all started.”

Testimonial Note from James F Morgan on Wed, May 30
1 cup

I’ve been plugging in words here for more than two years. I’ve completed 700+ days, and am currently on a 500+ streak. The best part is that it doesn’t mean a damn thing to anyone else but me. This is something I do for me, and only me, and I wouldn’t be who I am now without it. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Jack Fleischer on Wed, May 30
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Kasia on Wed, May 30
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Keep going. Even when you have days when you don’t want to. Just remember to keep going.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kasia on Wed, May 30
1 cup

I’m a sucker for intangible rewards and when used properly, such as in the realm of writing, I can be persuaded as easily as a dog being bribed with peanut butter.

Testimonial Note from Tyler A. Stevens on Tue, May 29
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I’m not exactly a morning person, but I realised recently that if I set my alarm only one hour earlier, and actually got up when the alarm went off instead of wallowing around until I absolutely had to, I could do all sorts of things.

So, starting this week I have used 750 Words as a reason to get up, get those words out, and have a proper breakfast, and then instead of hopping on the nearest train, spend the rest of the time walking 4 miles to a station a little closer to where I work.

Now that I actually have a reason to get up, and feel like I have time to accomplish things before getting into work, mornings are a lot better!

Testimonial Note from Peter Silk on Tue, May 29