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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3 of cups in the tarot: three women dancing and celebrating, clinking their cups in happiness. I raise my cup to you, and all the characters in the developing book also salute you Buster, and all the other writers here! Go forth and multiply!

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Wed, Jan 25
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Emerging writer version - 100 words?

I teach English as a Second Language to adults, and every time I use this site (often as a teaching/learning journal) I think about how amazingly motivating it could be for my students, who rarely write in English unless they HAVE TO.

But 750 words is a very steep goal for someone with emerging language skills. How about a 100 words version? Or a version where users could set their own daily goal – lower or higher as desired.

Any chance you could help me set up something like this?? I’d love it, and many other teachers would too, I’m sure.

New Feature Request Note from Liz Flynn on Tue, Jan 24
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My day is better when I start it with 750 I’m more focused, partly because I use this space to organize my day. And also because it’s a clearing-my-head space. I am now following it up with meditation each day, which is also good—it sets the tone for focusing. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Lori Askeland on Tue, Jan 24
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Thanks Buster for this site, for the daily emails, the funky badges, and the metadata tracking. Today I am a Space Bird!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Tue, Jan 24
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Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Tue, Jan 24
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What a great site. It feels great to make a commitment to writing and then keep the commitment. It feels great to be on a writing streak. It feels good to have somewhere to just write and tell my internal editor to be quiet for a while.

Testimonial Note from Julie Nelligan on Mon, Jan 23
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Shelley McIntyre on Sun, Jan 22
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i am so grateful for 750 words. i write every morning, without fail. it has become my daily devotional. i even wrote the day that i gave birth to my son, 8 weeks ago. yesterday a glitch happened during my writing session. i didn’t know if my words would be saved, if my streak would be broken, or if i would be able to get back into this specific account, to retrieve the past few months worth of writing. that glitch, gave me exquisite clarity on how deeply i have fallen in love with 750 words. it also gave me exquisite clarity on how much i appreciate this special site. i want to say thank you. thank you. thank you…for the creation and continuation of such a valuable resource to this dedicated writer. p.s. glitch solved, and i was writing as usual this morning…yea!!

Testimonial Note from Bea Love on Sun, Jan 22
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Thank you Buster. Having found writing Morning Pages in long hand more and more difficult due to arthritis, I was delighted to find this site. It has been a lifesaver. I love the accountability and the badges. Keep up the good work. Bless you.

Testimonial Note from Linda McGrory on Sun, Jan 22
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m nearing the end of my first monthly challenge, and its looking good to get my Albatross and Turquoise Horse – would love to see other mile stones between here and the 100 day badge. More regular milestones would be great.

Thanks Buster

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 21
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Tiff Jones on Thu, Jan 19
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Double Down on Charity Note from Tiff Jones on Thu, Jan 19
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Thanks so much! Great site. Simple, elegant, and truly useful.

Testimonial Note from Scott Lininger on Thu, Jan 19
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An iPhone/iPad app

A desktop .app would also be great, but maybe I’m hoping for too much.

New Feature Vote from Johnny Marr on Thu, Jan 19
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Good luck, February Challengers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Leah Brady on Thu, Jan 19
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Things 750words happily drives me to: discovering mythical creatures to people my inner world: a Pandora’s box of inner aglooliks and bahamuts and chenoos. The clicks of creativity that come from a daily practice are finally worth the pain of just doing it every day. Here is a place I get a little boost, a little badge, a little sense of “you’re doing it right.” The obstacle that blocked me for some time was the complexity of rewards and my unexpected jones for winning. At 50 days now the drive to write and the really good turns of phrase that have begun to pop up have blessedly taken over from the endless searches for my name on all the lists. I want 750words to take me to Miss Helma Zukas’ state of being “satisfied by the activity, indifferent to the results.” I love this space, and although its indifference to my will to win affirmation makes me wrestle with it, coming back every day and just writing is the ultimate gift 750words has given me. Thanks.
I hope to get to Bedlam to meet Buster before too long! Now, back to writing!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Thu, Jan 19
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Improve the writing page

Add tags!

New Feature Vote from Anna Brown on Wed, Jan 18
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Cheresse Burke on Wed, Jan 18
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Cheresse Burke on Wed, Jan 18
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I was introduced to this concept through “The Artist’s Way” last year, and I tried writing morning pages for a while, but eventually I just lost motivation. When I saw this site in Oprah’s magazine, I signed up immediately and have written every day since! I love the badges – they make me feel like I’ve accomplished something! And the analysis is just so cool. I don’t let my boyfriend read my entries, but he likes to look at my stats every day to see where I’m at :) Thanks for creating this incredible site, Buster, and keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Tara Knott on Wed, Jan 18
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The best thing about 750 words is it has given me an easy way to write on a daily basis. I also do it with my students as part of my class. But for me, I’m working on character sketches to create a composite character for a short story or novel. We’ll see which when it actually happens. Until then, I’m just happy to be writing regularly, something I had fallen away from.

Also, tried to stop by Bedlam Coffee when I was in Seattle over the holidays, but it was closed! Bummer.

Testimonial Note from Bradley William Bleck on Wed, Jan 18
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Jan 18
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Go forth and be bold!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Tue, Jan 17
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Good luck to all of you trying the One Month Challenge. In February. The shortest of all months. What’s the matter? Was January too long for you? :) Seriously, best of luck.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shark on Tue, Jan 17
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I have thoroughly writing 750 Words – I have to admit, I was unsure if this was going to work for me, but with each passing day – I became more open and the words just began to flow. I intend on writing daily for many days to come …

Testimonial Note from Kristine on Tue, Jan 17
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Found this site about a year ago and loved it, though I just used it as a place where I could stop in and drop off some words when needed. In mid-November, I wrote every day for a week, and noticed good results. I committed to the monthly challenge for December, and since then I have not missed a day! Badges became a great motivator for me and I earned 5 in a row—yes, I managed to be both a Hamster and a Cheetah! The best part, though, is the daily writing practice—doing my words, as I call it—that has helped me with clarity and diligence. Yay, 750words!

Testimonial Note from Anna Brown on Tue, Jan 17
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Taking the challenge in the shortest month of the year….feels like cheating a little :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Mario Vittone on Tue, Jan 17
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This is a shout out to all of you committed, brave and dedicated writers who use this site. I used lots of cups so it would be as loud as possible. How do you feel about 750 words? What’s it worth to you? A cup of coffee? The value to me is:

  • Dedicated and encouraging practice time for my recently self taught touch typing: $50
  • Ability to clear my mind when it’s cluttered or angry: $80 per time
  • Incredible creative ideas and inspirations that follow: $100 per idea
  • Creating a writing habit for a person who never thought they could be an author, but now has a book 90% finished: Priceless.

Thank you, Buster & 750 words for my Pegasus badge and for all the benefits you have given me. The price I have paid through patronage is the best value bargain I have had all year. Come on everyone! Be a patron and support this site! A cup of coffee a month, seriously!

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Mon, Jan 16
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Woo hoo!! Today I reached Space Bird status! This site has been monumental in helping me start and continue a daily writing habit. I don’t know that I’d be on a 500 day streak without it. Thank you for creating it, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 16
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thanks so much for letting me click through the months! I love this new feature!

Double Down on Charity Note from will rogers on Mon, Jan 16