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’m in deep in this NaNiWriMo Competition and I’m loving it! I enjoy writing much more than ever before, thanks to this site and to the suggestion of the NaNoWriMo. I’d heard about the competition before but this site had propelled me to do it. Since I was writing everyday anyway through this, I figured I could crank out a novel and I’m still doing it! I don’t want to stop. I didn’t see how long I would keep up with this site, but since I now feel inspired to do novels next year and so on, I could see myself writing much more. Also, with the Script Frenzy coming in April. I’ll write my notes here and write a script with them, so this has been valuable for my mind and my creativity. You’ve received many thanks from many patrons of this site and I’ll give you one more to add to that: Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Thu, Nov 17
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Question: How is it that, here at 750, sad is measured as a negative in stats? Writing every day is a bit like peeling away layers, getting to core truths. I see that as positive. My truth welling up. Thank you, 750.

Testimonial Note from Quinnie Mulcahy on Thu, Nov 17
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I’m jumping into the pool of others who feel wonderfully transformed by daily writing. I’ve been more open, more thoughtful and more honest in my 750 words than I ever thought possible. This really is an extraordinary way to clear the clutter and capture the inner voice. Thank you for making it simple, motivational and fun to write every day. I’m happier because of it.

Testimonial Note from Kate Rutter on Thu, Nov 17
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I’ve been writing for 64 days in a row now! A friend told me about 750 words; I started writing that night and I haven’t stopped since. 750 words has helped me to clear the clutter out of my head and just work on writing. It’s really been amazing.

In fact, it was writing every day here that convinced me that I could do NaNoWriMo this year—if I could write every day, surely I could buckle down for a while and get down the first 50k words in a novel. I see my flock badge today, which means that in the 64 days I’ve been here, I’ve written 100k words!!! I should hit my NaNo goal for November by the end of the week. Of course, then, there’s still the rest of the novel to write, but I’m thrilled that my first time truly competing in NaNo, I’ve been able to meet the word count requirement early!

Buster, this site is awesome. I can’t thank you enough for finding a way to inspire this writer to finally write what I want to write. I work as a technical writer, and dreary reality had started to crush my hopes of ever doing something more. 750 words has helped me find that spark again and convinced me that I really can do this. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Jen Lamoureux on Wed, Nov 16
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I might as well share digital coffee before it gets cold.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 15
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Secure server for writing

It would in fact be pleasant, since nearly everything else on the internet already is.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 15
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More badges for accomplishments

I really love them. They really keep me coming back for more. Add some more, pleeeease!

New Feature Vote from Anastasia on Tue, Nov 15
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I was on a bit of a roll recently (for me, anyway) of around 70 days of writing. And then one evening, I forgot to upload my words, and there I was, all the way back to zero. I’d lost my badges and I’d lost the November challenge.

I was so p*ssed off.

And then the magic of 750words kicked in, and I am determined all over again to put together another run.

Thanks for providing this site, Buster.

Regards,
John

Testimonial Note from John Shepherd on Mon, Nov 14
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Nicholas S. Zacharewicz on Mon, Nov 14
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Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Marek on Sun, Nov 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 12
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 12
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I have been writing on this site since February 17, 2011. I have explored other websites and other
journal software. I have not found anything that works better for me. Here I can empty this cluttered bin I call a brain and find out what I am really thinking. This site is just interactive enough. The points, badges and statistics are motivating and fun. I feel I am writing in a library or coffee shop. I don’t have to talk to anyone or worry about anyone looking over my shoulder, but if I look around people are there. I am only as alone as I want to be. It is a safe, friendly place to write. I love 750. It is my healthiest addiction.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 12
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Holly Becker on Sat, Nov 12
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More badges for accomplishments

Trying to earn the badges is something that really keeps me coming back and striving to better my writing. I would love to have more to grapple for.

New Feature Vote from Erin Foster on Fri, Nov 11
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Improve the writing page

It would be great to be able to set up some kind of nice and non intrusive sound when one arrives to an specific number of words on the writing page. I write with my eyes closed or the screen switched off for better concentration and relax and an audio notification would be great.

New Feature Vote from Jorge Sanz on Fri, Nov 11
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Long term eternity page

The eternity page is awesome. I love being able to track my concerns, emotions and such over time. However, that data only reflects the short term (7 days?).

It would be cool if one could track this data over a longer period. For example, you could see how your emotions have changed over x weeks or months. Ex.: Do I feel less stress than I did 6 weeks ago?

It would be a bit easier doing it this way, rather than using the metadata feature, which requires manually entering in data.

I am a bit of a spreadsheet nerd, so I think it would be cool to be able to download the data via a csv file. Or you could even put the data together with the entries themselves, which we can already download.

Keep up the good work with the site,
Pete

New Feature Request Note from Peter Tangney on Fri, Nov 11
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges for longer streaks of a given behavior (e.g., being undistractable for 25 days = “super hamster”) would be an easy way to increase the number of badges. I’d also go for earning the same badges multiple times, e.g., hamster badges that stack for each 10 days of being undistracted.

New Feature Vote from Monique Ingalls on Fri, Nov 11
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I have been trying (and failing) to develop a daily writing habit for years. With the help of 750 words, I’m on a 50-day writing streak! The freedom allowed by the format allows me to air personal issues so I can focus on my work and also provides a forum for planning and writing ‘messy’ drafts for upcoming projects. Getting out my ideas out each morning provides a sense of accomplishment and general well-being—it’s been a very long time since I felt so on top of my work and life. Thanks, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Monique Ingalls on Fri, Nov 11
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Love the site. Thanks, Buster, and keep up the good work. My “testimony” is more of a question than a testimony. I’m in the NaNoWriMo contest, but I’ve been writing on my desktop for that. Assuming I come out the other side, how do I show you I got through it? By the way, I’m still doing my 750. It’s just separate from my novel.

Testimonial Note from Paul Schingle on Thu, Nov 10
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anna Quinis on Thu, Nov 10
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Hi. I’ve been using 750 words to write for NaNo during the month of November. It has been so useful in keeping me focused on meeting the 50,000 word goal for the month. I can see just how much I’ve written before copying it over to Google docs or something to the equivalent. I think it could just help inspire me to carry over the practice of consistently writing words from here on out in general!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jean Morgan Compton on Wed, Nov 09
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Writing 750 words daily increased my writing capacities. Give me extreme pleasure and keep me going without hesitation, doubt or fear of writing again later.

Testimonial Note from Nicole Gilbert on Wed, Nov 09
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The challenge is an awesome exercise! It’s the best way I’ve found to keep me writing every day—which, I’m told, is one of the keys to being an author. Keep writing, you may soon find yourself exploring ideas and thoughts that could turn into something great.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jen Lamoureux on Wed, Nov 09
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Gutted. I missed the 193rd day of my writing streak. No excuse, simply forgot (not into reminder emails). Must admit I had been losing the motivation. Hadn’t been feeling the writing for a few days. Back to square one today. I am hoping this can inspire me!

Double Down on Charity Note from John Bee on Wed, Nov 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Fraa on Wed, Nov 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Fraa on Wed, Nov 09
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I expected 750 to help me get back into writing on the daily, but what I didn’t expect was that 750 would have me completely addicted to writing again like I, for some reason, hadn’t let myself be for a little while now. Thank you for giving me a new space to simply be, and then to simply write.

P.S., the bird badges are pretty fantastic and quite the motivational nudge, too.

Testimonial Note from Sarah Elizabeth Fogle on Tue, Nov 08
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New badges!!

I’ll admit it, I’m a badge-maven. I’ll go through crazy contortions to get the early-bird badge or the ‘write without using the verb to-be’ or the ‘article free writing’ or the ‘one minute on, one minute off’ badge. Aside from the continuity badges (which I lost the heart for before you had the ability to put things on pause & I spent a week on a train w/ no internet…), I’ve earned what I can… any chance you might throw in a couple more!??

New Feature Request Note from Quibbleable on Tue, Nov 08
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At first I was sceptical about writing 750 words every day. I didn’t get the idea, but my friend convinced me to give it a try. That wasn’t easy: my mind was sort of tough, and it seemed almost impossible to do this from day to day. Nevertheless, I was trying and trying! Surprisingly, now my memory is much better, and I feel very creative. Never thought clearing my mind every day was so important for my brain. :) Writing on 750words.com became one of my favourite routines: it’s fun! And once you get in, you can’t stop – just don’t want to!

Testimonial Note from Anastasia on Tue, Nov 08