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 have been writing since I was a mere 6 years old, but I’ve never been very consistent. Oftentimes if I wasn’t feeling inspired to write something in particular, I wouldn’t write anything at all. I did keep a journal fairly regularly for a period of about a year and a half, but even through high school and college, and now beyond, I’ve never been in the habit of writing daily. I love and appreciate this site for giving me the challenge and the incentive to write every day. I’m not a terribly competitive person, but I do love earning points and badges and there is something strangely addicting about seeing all those X’s in a row for days completed. I’ve been at this for about six and a half weeks now and I can’t see myself stopping any time soon. I love logging in each day and writing about whatever I feel I need to and then going through the stats and learning more about myself and my capabilities. It’s also nice to know that I can push myself to write even when I don’t feel like it. Last weekend was particularly rough since I was out of town and at a family wedding, but the entire weekend was non-stop action, and more often than not I was practically falling asleep as I wrote my words, but write them I did. So thank you for creating this site and good luck to all the writers that may just be starting or I may have caught much later on in their journey.

Testimonial Note from Kate LaChapelle on Thu, Mar 01
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That I love what this site allows me to do is not special: I think many of us feel that way. But, one of my favorite non-writing things to do on this site is look at how many people are writing FOR THE FIRST TIME! I know that the number is high compared to any other badge, but it’s remarkable that it’s large every day. It’s great to see that every day, More and more people are regularly finding something inside themselves that makes them want to write, and that makes me feel amazingly great.

Testimonial Note from Hal Tepfer on Thu, Mar 01
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I’m looking forward to completing the challenge for March!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Hana Elise Hornburg on Thu, Mar 01
1 cup

750 words is an amazing website.
I have always meant to journal on a daily basis, but i tend to fall out of the habit. 750words offers a convenient interface that makes it so easy to keep writing! Tomorrow I will receive my Albatross, and I am so excited. There is an excellent sense of accomplishment that comes from making a goal and sticking to it. Not only do I feel good for accomplishing that, but writing every day has been astoundingly cathartic and has helped me in my everyday life in a very tangible way.
Thank you so much for this amazing website, it has helped me immensely in the past month, and I am sure that it will continue to in the future!
Keep up the excellent work.

Testimonial Note from Hana Elise Hornburg on Thu, Mar 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Shelley McIntyre on Wed, Feb 29
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I’ve written every day of February and am looking forward to getting my albatross on the first day of March. Thank you, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kathryn Grace on Wed, Feb 29
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Double Down on Charity Note from Nicole Sweeney on Tue, Feb 28
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I’ve had an account here for 76 days and have written my 750 words every single day. It feels a little silly to be motivated by a picture of a little bird, but it works for me, so I’m not arguing.

Testimonial Note from Jacob Down on Tue, Feb 28
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Feb 27
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Feb 27
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The monthly challenge is almost over…and with that said, I would like to take a moment to say thank you Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Derrick Woolfson on Mon, Feb 27
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I am excited about 750 Words as I approach the end of the February Challenge. This site has become my new safe addiction. I cannot imagine how I lived without the creative outlet each day. I’ve just signed up for March and I look forward to the creative ideas that will flow as spring approaches. Thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from Jerry Charles Toops on Mon, Feb 27
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This has been an amazing site. It has helped me sort out how I feel, think and perceive my day. 750words has improved my typing and has also helped me with my honours project. It has kept my writing. Thank you so much for this wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from Emi C Egan on Mon, Feb 27
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It has helped me clear my mind some days when nothing else can. It’s helped me think through things alone before I talk them through with my husband. They have been a sanity saver in so many ways! Thank You 750 Words! <3

Testimonial Note from Christina M. Guerin on Sun, Feb 26
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I’ve had a tough time lately. I’m under/unemployed, living in a new city with new challenges, and struggling to get my own projects off of the ground. I’m finding great solace in my daily pages.
Here is a place where I can dump my anxieties and worries without fear of reproach. I can then think through the situation, and come to a new understanding with myself. I can find ways to be better and to do better.
When my life gets busy again, I hope that I can maintain these daily pages on this site, as I think they’ve kept me sane, made me a better writer, and been a shoulder to cry on.

Testimonial Note from Ian James McBain on Sun, Feb 26
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Improve the writing page

In particular, I’d like an option to disable that annoying dialog box that was recently added whenever I try to close a writing tab. I’m always meticulous about saving my writing (and more people should be), so I’ve never had issues with losing my writing. The box that opens when I click that X is just a nuisance. If it helps other people, then great, but I want to be able to turn it off so that I’m not bugged by it ever again.

New Feature Vote from Stephanie Van Aken on Sat, Feb 25
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I’ve failed out of this month for no good reason what so ever, so I’m going to hand these guys over to the people that are more focused than me.

In the end, there’s always next month and the months that follow that for me to recover. Do well, and have fun.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 25
1 cup

I have a love-hate relationship with this website. I do these before bedtime, and I always have trouble getting started. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my four months here, though, it’s that once you get started, you can do anything. It all starts with one word.

One Month Challenge Bounty from James Tieng on Fri, Feb 24
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I believe there is a benefit for doing these pages, but I sure would like some kind of reward. (I think this should be a reward in itself, I hear the wee voice in my head saying) Yes, I am sure. But, what if someone of authority stated that by writing morning pages, one day you will have a novel pop into your head, or you would be able to find that passion that you were looking for, or it would help you succeed in whatever endeavor you are seeking, even Nirvana. Well, I would certainly sit up and pay attention to that! What if he/she said your mind will be cleared, your heart will be open and you will find that essence that have been in your heart all this time, from the day you were conceived and you will meet your ultimate destiny and live a long and fulfilled and prosperous life. Notice I put “long” as I would sure pray for having a while to experience my life. There is so much to learn and do. Yet, I tend to wittle my days away with no specific purpose in mind, just, you know, fudging. Going back to this concept I am trying to articulate, if I found someone like that and I trusted that person then I would be motivated to do these morning pages. I think of people that I have come to admire and love and who I believed in. That would be Doug Olson, my loving minister; Tom Wilhite, PSI’s founder; my wonderful sister Pat; Oprah (Oh I love her passion and drive); Esther Jenkins, my shaman teacher. These trusted ones are gone now, save for Oprah and Esther Jenkins. As far as I know Esther is doing well, running her Shaman Classes. Oprah doesn’t know me, but I have greatly benefitted from her great shows. So, if I could imagine that that one of these marvelous people were to tell me to trust these morning pages and that it would greatly benefit me in the way as I’ve mentioned, I would believe them. So, how do I cross that veil from imagining to reality? I remember Doug saying that we make it up anyway. So, if I had him sitting here he would say, “Donna, I can guarantee you that if you are faithful to writing your 750 words (i.e. morning pages) every day that you will gain enormous knowledge as to what makes you tick. And when you know what makes you tick, you will know your own personal passion, and once you know your own personal passion, you will know your purpose and once you know your purpose you will do that which will benefit all of humankind and once you do that you will have a long fulfilled and prosperous life!” Wow, that is what he would say. Granted and assuming all is true. But, you know what? I get this. Because I already know that the more I write the more I understand myself. I KNOW this. I just answered my own question…with the help of all my beloved angels, including Margo, my dog, who loved me as I am. I am so blessed I truly am. Maybe I don’t need the angst of not knowing, because I do. Well, what do you say to that – I am my own best Guru!

Testimonial Note from Donna Wallace on Fri, Feb 24
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I was skeptical at first, but after missing a day of writing I’ve found myself in serious ‘brain-dump’ withdrawal and have since discovered that 750 words isn’t just an app- it’s a total lifestyle change. After completing an entry, I feel exuberant for having shared my thoughts to absolutely noone except myself- and feel like my state of mind is all the better for it. My writing seems to be simultaneously getting more interesting and exciting, and every day I look forward to purging my activities on 750Words!

Testimonial Note from Jay Hirschfeld on Thu, Feb 23
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More badges for accomplishments

Yeah, more badges. The ones you have are great, but they aren’t enough for those of us devoted to this site. I’ll think of a few and get back to you.

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Feb 22
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More text analysis

Keep the writing simple and keep the stats coming!

New Feature Vote from Sally 4orth on Wed, Feb 22
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Improve the writing page

I like that I am able to customize colors on my writing page- but the green boxes aren’t color changable which makes me nuts, and makes my page look silly when my own colors don’t match. I want the entire page to be color-coordinated please. Thanks!!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Feb 22
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I am so glad to have found this site. It is exactly what I need to get some of that surplus of words out of my brain and into a searchable form. It is helping me record family memories for the next generation, and is actually helping me remember things I have almost forgotten. Many thanks for creating this site.

Testimonial Note from Brenda Sharpe on Wed, Feb 22
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Some days, I write down whatever’s on my mind, even if it was the same self-loathing nonsense as yesterday. Some days, I plan ahead, doing my best to figure out what my future will hold. Some days… some days I write a story about kids fighting zombies on a playground.

No matter what, I can write whatever I’m feeling. Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Jesse Bowline on Mon, Feb 20
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Apart from kickstarting me into finally tackling my novel, my touch typing speed has gone up from about nothing to about 40 wpm and this without any formal classes or training of any kind! I’m a fairly decent touch typist now, no longer a hunt-and-pecker!

Testimonial Note from Derry Cooke on Mon, Feb 20
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The option to write more than one note per day, on different topics

I would love the option to do multiple notes on any given day, so that I could have one set of notes that is a journal and other sets that are for writing works in progress. I would happily pay for this feature. Thanks so much for a lovely site, I’m really loving it and would use it even more if there was an easy way to distinguish my fiction from my journaling.

Even if you can’t make this happen, I still appreciate the site a great deal and thank you for your efforts :)

New Feature Request Note from Joanna Wylde on Mon, Feb 20
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In this note, Buster, I thank you for your initial and continuing efforts on this marvelous site that helps me so much every morning for the last 22 months! I pray, I record dreams, I generate thought, and I accumulate cool stickers. Love it! Here’s hoping it will help me as I move through dissertation field research into dissertation chapter writing.
Carol in upstate NY

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Feb 19
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I love 750 Words. It’s as simple as that. I am getting the writing training I need to tackle my daily writing projects. It’s like scales to a pianist.

I’d even say I am addicted. I want to write and feel so pleased when I have written my daily dose. One day recently, I got so sidetracked and was so tired that I forgot to write. The moment I opened my eyes the next morning, I thought, “Oh no, I forgot 750 Words yesterday.” I was upset. It was like missing out on a piece of my favorite chocolate.

I could write in a word processing tool on my computer, true. But I like the little counter that helps me build and shape a nice little story each day. And I like the animal badges I get as rewards. Buying a cup of patronage was the next obvious step. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Karen Mardahl on Sat, Feb 18
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Writing 750 words every day was such a difficult thing when I first started. But now, I write more than two thousand words almost every day. By writing so much each day, my ability to write has greatly improved. When papers are assigned for my classes, they seem much less daunting than they seemed before I started journaling every day. 2500 word paper? No problem! I have gotten so much better at organizing my thoughts clearly and concisely, just by writing my thoughts stream of conscious every day.

Testimonial Note from Lucius Sergius Catilina on Fri, Feb 17