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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I only joined this site a few weeks ago and already look forward to it as one of the best parts of my day. I went out of town last weekend and took my laptop with me so I wouldn’t miss writing (and keep up with the March Challenge). As I hoped, I have rediscovered my love of writing.

I asked my friends on Facebook for lines of dialogue and I got 45 of them. My plan was to come here each day, take one of the lines I was given, and write whatever the line inspired in me. The third line of dialogue has generated 8 days of writing so far. I’m having trouble putting it away to work on the other 37!

I’m so happy to be here! Thanks for starting & maintaining this site!

Testimonial Note from Chris Spencer on Wed, Mar 14
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Woohoo! A new badge! I finally made it to a 365-day streak. I was so angry with myself last year when I forgot to write my pages on day 349 and had to start over as an Egg. I am thinking, though, that having to do that made today so much sweeter and gave me an even greater feeling of accomplishment.
Thanks Buster for the badges. They are real encouragers. :o)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 14
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This site has been an incredible tool. I used it as motivation to write a novel last winter (the major reason I got my 100K badge), and have recently come back to it after an unfortunate break. I love the clean design, which minimizes distraction while offering an appealing place to write. I appreciate that you start each day with a clean page; it’s reasonably easy to access old work, but I actually find that the blank page makes it easier to start in on your words. I also love being able to see metadata immediately after finishing my words.

The badges, too, are the perfect level of incentive – just enough to give you a little push to write that day and keep your streak going. As a former Girl Scout, I am always inspired by badges.

Keep up the great work – I’m determined to get my 100-day badge this time!

Testimonial Note from Nora Coon on Wed, Mar 14
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I accumulate things and thoughts. I ponder and muse on ideas sometimes for seconds and sometimes for years and I wish to capture those fleeting ideas that never come back with quite the same clarity and to spend less time debating how to put it down in words. So I think of writing my pages as building my chops or exercising in the gym…now when a thought comes in I can capture it more easily if I want to or put it down in some kind of way knowing that I can meddle with it further later on.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Wed, Mar 14
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I don’t know how good or bad of a writer I am nor do I want to. Just as long as I write my thoughts, blathering on endlessly until my fingers cramp up or seize or I just can’t write anymore. When I get to that part, then I have a burst of thoughts and I’m writing another thousand words. Feels good. Sometimes I feel I’ll go way past 500 days someday, like I’ll keep on writing until Buster can’t do this site or he starts charging or there’s a major hack and everyone’s entries are exposed: something drastic happens. Let’s hope it doesn’t. Write on, writers, write on, Buster!

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Mar 14
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Any idea what’s up with the 502 Bad Gateway error? I’m getting it more and more often. Maybe too many people logging on at once.

Testimonial Note from Brian G. Fay on Tue, Mar 13
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Just, wow. So happy to have found this site, and the community it’s fostering and serving.

Double Down on Charity Note from Celia A on Tue, Mar 13
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I used to write. I used to write a lot. But I got out of the habit. I really think that writing is a habit and if you get out of the habit, you get rusty. Now, I’m not writing the Next Great American Novel, but I am using my 750 words every day to flesh out the ideas that have been bouncing around in my head. the first few days were tough, but as the days have added up, the words come more and more easily. Eventually, I’ll be able to start stringing these entries into something useful, but it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t gotten started here.

Testimonial Note from Lisa H. on Tue, Mar 13
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Ugh… 86 day streak and then. I went out to dinner. I had vacation all scheduled. Is it worse to miss on the 86th day or the 99th or the 3rd? It seems worse to miss as you get closer to another badge. I’ve been writing 750 words for a few years now. Familiar with the set backs of missing a day. It helps me to see how I respond with other setbacks. This one is so clean and uncomplicated by personalities… one large dose of personal growth, coming up.

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Tue, Mar 13
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When I first found 750 Words, I was skeptical, but 75 days later I can’t thank it enough for providing inspiration and motivation to write. I’ve written 750 words a day since I joined, which puts me at a 75 day streak. Just 25 more days until my phoenix badge!

Testimonial Note from Daniel Beast on Tue, Mar 13
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Two years in a row today. Thanks for this site, Buster, without which I would not likely have made it a week in a row.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Tue, Mar 13
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This site has revved up my stagnant juices. It’s something I just gotta do. Even when there is nothing in my head, I start hitting the keyboard and mostly, it all kicks in taking me places that surprise me.

Testimonial Note from Carol Helander on Mon, Mar 12
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I’ve been doing the morning pages since 2007 and never have I been able to not skip days until now….thank you! I love it.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Mon, Mar 12
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Natalia Marek on Sun, Mar 11
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More badges for accomplishments

Genre badges, more behavior badges, anything for more badges! They’re seriously fun and very motivating.

New Feature Vote from Alexandra Berryhill on Sun, Mar 11
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I want to inspire the site caretakers to take care of my grouses…….
Thanks for having so many fun features on this site, they have kept me going as I passed Phoenix and head for Pterodactyl!
Now my grouse note:
I wish my deleted-before-writing dates would go away instead of staying on the list under Settings: Schedule Time Off.
I wish my two latest badges were next to the others instead of being isolated two rows down and to the left of all the others.
I wish I appeared, even once, in the “People writing this month” “Updated hourly”: I have checked back once an hour all day long, hoping to see my name and never see it. Ah, that hunger to have my name up in lights! How is this list updated, from the top or from the bottom?
I wish there were a few badges between the long-spaced ones (yes, lots of badges in the early days motivate us to get hooked on writing daily, but gold-star-junkies need a few more often). Maybe if we use FICTION or NON-FICTION metatags we would get a badge after a certain number of entries, not necessarily consecutive.
And my fifth wish was granted as I hit 100 days and the Phoenix Badge = my local weather appears on my stats page now = HAPPY!
Thanks for all your work on a site that has taken me back to being a writer!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Mar 11
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Thank you, Buster. This is a great site.

Testimonial Note from Darlene on Sun, Mar 11
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An iPhone/iPad app

Hi Buster, thank you so much for 750 words. It’s a fantastic site and I’m often referring friends and colleagues to you.

Have you thought about doing a commercial version of 750 words for bloggers and authors? I type my blog posts on 750 words because it’s distraction free and I like getting the feedback on what words I’m using and whether I’m “I” or “you” focussed and Past/present/future, but the only downside is that many blog posts are only 300 words so don’t trigger the stats. I think many bloggers and even journalists would get a lot of value of using 750 words and you could be providing it to these professionals on a subscription service.

Anyway, ther’s my two cents worth (or rather one cup worth).

Cheers,

Jenny

New Feature Vote from Jenny Vandyke on Sat, Mar 10
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Rachel Tapley on Sat, Mar 10
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Genre Badges

Fiction Badge

Ainy Rainwater suggested a set of Fiction badges for number of consecutive days writing fiction. It could be keyed to a “FICTION” metatag. Go one further, 750words team, create Genre Badges, for fiction, non-fiction, and whatever writers here ask for. I’d love it! It would make a writing project sing!

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 10
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Settling my mind as my fingers pump out 750 words, I say thanks for all it took by Buster & The Team to make a site that enables me to really Do It! I love following others here who have big badges and write and share their stats, too. We’re a little gang, the 33% of us who make it through each month and I love being with you all!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 10
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Wearing my Phoenix Badge on my FB Timeline CoverPhoto, I feel on top of the world; like a reward, the weather stat appeared on my stats page on the day I made 100 days in a row! So Happy! 750words a day was insurmountable for the first month or two → such a struggle. Being a Badge Junkie, a few badges later I found a word garden blossoming every day and I looked forward to writing first thing every morning. At a writing event last night I was so happy to find I had written for the entire 10 minutes of the exercise! And it was good! So I am back to being a writer, after illness and a move and disruption, I am back, thanks to 750words! Now to follow through on my promise for finishing February = If I succeed, I will… treat myself to a publishing challenge! I have the project ready, now to write it. I’m a writer! Thanks Buster & all the Team

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 10
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This site has helped me get a consistent writing practice. Thank you!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Thu, Mar 08
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More badges for accomplishments

A way to reset/clear the badges and re-earn them after you fall from a great height (like after 100 days…) so that it’s more fun. I have to admit I am way too motivated by little graphics like badges!

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Thu, Mar 08
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I was doing really well with 750 words last year with well over 100 days straight of writing, when I had to go to an area that had unstable internet connectivity. Sum result was that I went back to being an egg and found it difficult to re-motivate to write. But eventually with help from my avid 750 words writing wife I have and am well on the way to having my Phoenix rise again. I support and thank you for the innovation of being able to schedule time off for when I head back overseas to such internet unstable locations.

Testimonial Note from Darrell May on Thu, Mar 08
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Fiction Badge

I know a lot of people (like me) use this for fiction as well as journaling. Not all fiction writers do NaNo, so how about a set of Fiction badges for number of consecutive days writing fiction. It could be keyed to a “FICTION” metatag.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Mar 08
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I achieved quite a few badges, and was at 187 days – on my way to a Pterodactyl badge, when a long day of flying and jet lag led to a missed day. So now I am a turkey again, and will slowly work my way through badge after badge until I arrive at a new one. I am so thankful to have a site such as this that inspires me to achieve, even after a small setback!!!!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Stewart on Thu, Mar 08
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I joined at the closing of NaNoWriMo, with a yearning to continue writing. That was 100 days ago! I knew I could do it, but seeing my albatross turn into a phoenix gives me such a thrill! I found the rhythm of writing and didn’t worry about getting my needed words most of the time. There were a few times when I came close to missing my days, but it never actually happened, even when I was at a convention. I found a routine that works for me. I prefer writing in the wee hours to any other time. I find that when I write after midnight and then go to bed I wake up refreshed and my mind positive and abuzz with creativity.

I am so grateful that Buster created this site. It has given me much joy and has been a major tool for my healing. I am getting to the point where I am ready to venture outward with my writing. I yearn to share my writing and this writing routine has helped me face my feelings of insecurity. I wish everyone happy writing! You can do this!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Redelle Carey on Thu, Mar 08
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I’ve only written three days and not even in a row and I’ve already used the writing time to purge things hidden in my mind I wouldn’t have gotten out otherwise. I’m still testing this site but I think it’ll work out wonderfully!

Testimonial Note from Modest Magenta on Wed, Mar 07
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I signed up for the April monthly challenge (aware that I have a week of NO COMPUTER, NO INTERNET scheduled in March!!) and saw that a lot of people have donations to 750things (or a charity) as a ‘punishment’ for not completing the words. I had to wonder if giving might feel more joyful if you gave as part of celebrating your accomplishment rather than yet another way to make yourself feel worse about being an ‘egg’ again… It’s just a thought, from a happy patron who gives when she can…

Double Down on Charity Note from Quibbleable on Wed, Mar 07