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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A couple years ago I did the Morning Pages from “The Artist’s Way” for 6 months. I got a lot out of it – more from having a set thing to accomplish every day and feeling like I’d gotten something done than from any clearing of the mind. This is just such an endeavor and I’m excited to hit the site every day – even when I’m not thrilled to write. Thank you for making this place accessible.

Testimonial Note from Deb Haas on Wed, Dec 07
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Enjoying the monthly challenge – I’m new to 750words, and LOVING IT! Thank you, Buster Benson, for sharing your awesomeness!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sharon on Wed, Dec 07
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Kristie Bradfield on Tue, Dec 06
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This year I finished NaNoWriMo and I know I couldn’t have done it without this site. Because of 750words I’ve written for 128 days in a row. I’ve developed the discipline that I previously lacked. Writing a book isn’t a pipe dream anymore. Over the last few months I’ve written the first drafts of two. Buster, please understand how much this site has changed my life. I know that ultimately I’m the one that sits down and hammers out the words, but if it wasn’t for this site I would never have realised what was possible.

Testimonial Note from Kristie Bradfield on Tue, Dec 06
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I started out on 750words in September, after having written longhand morning pages on and off for about a year. It’s mostly the badges and word count stats that made me switch and stay and I haven’t missed a single day since. It has helped me stay alive and sane through some of the most insane and stressed-out times at University ever. With deadlines piling up on top of each other and all-nighters increasingly becoming the norm rather than the exception, you’d think journalling would be the first thing to drop off the bottom of the priority list. But I find I just can’t do without those morning pages to get me started into the day and all the other writing I have to do. Tomorrow I will hit the 100k mark and I don’t think I would’ve gotten that far in such a short time if I’d stuck to my handwritten journal. Anyway, I would’ve had no way of knowing, and I couldn’t have succeeded at all those personal challenges I set myself to get to those Hamster, Cheetah, Early Rooster, NaNo and Turquoise Horse Badges. Thank you for this awesome site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Dec 06
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750 Words more than clears my head. I am challenged to write daily. I am perplexed at times on subjects, but something always comes to mind. I am delighted to write without anyone peering over my shoulder. I am exhilarated when finished. Other than time to meditate on Biblical texts, no other activity demands as much and satisfies as thoroughly like the days I write 750 words (except my time with my wife, but that differs in many ways). I am grateful.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Dec 06
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Although winning NaNoWriMo isn’t a problem for me any more, keeping going into December always has been. But this year, I’m determined to keep writing and writing and writing… even if my 750 words don’t always go towards my novel, at least I’m still writing! Thank you for giving me the framework to keep up the November momentum.

Testimonial Note from Catherine Sharp on Tue, Dec 06
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I figure out my dreams and get ideas for plot twists, I write out sections of my novel or complain about the injustices in this world. This is my little monastery. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Tue, Dec 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Tiff Jones on Tue, Dec 06
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Leena Woodhouse on Mon, Dec 05
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The badges got me hooked in the end! I am so grateful for this site. I’m on a 48-day streak and it seems effortless. Thank you!

Double Down on Charity Note from Carol Ullmann on Mon, Dec 05
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I started using 750 words about 18 months ago, and stopped almost immediately. I am in a different place now (physically and emotionally) and am using the site to journal and explore my subconscious. There is a lot in my head and I hope to figure it all out. Oh, and I’m also drafting fiction! I love this site.

Testimonial Note from Adam R Johnson on Mon, Dec 05
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I find it hard to believe what a difference this site and the exercise of daily writing has made to my life. I have always found writing a chore and as such, have customarily procrastinated over doing any until the last possible minute. Not a good strategy when I had to write Court Reports against a deadline! But since staring on this site I now find I actually look forward to the exercise and have started to find that I can always think of something to write even when at first my mind seems blank. I have now completed thiry consecutive days and expect to see an Albatross come up against my name when I log in. Napoleon was right: men will die for ribbons! And then who knows? Maybe a phoenix at some future date. Unfortunately I shall be ashram-ing in India for much of January and won’t be able to log in to write at that time. However I shall resume upon my return. Thank you Buster, for maintaining this amazing site. It could yet make a “proper” writer of me.

Testimonial Note from Warwick Paul Onyeama on Sun, Dec 04
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 04
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Thank you, thank you, thank you Buster! This site is amazing! I have tried many times to do morning pages or at least some sort of daily writing but to no avail. Just yesterday I earned my Pegasus badge for a 365 day streak! That is amazing! Thanks for creating a place that I can come to every day and clear my head before starting my day. It has been an outlet for frustrations and a place to work out dilemmas and celebrate the craziness that is my life. I can’t thank you enough. The badges and challenges have kept me inspired and motivated. I am on my way to becoming a Space Bird and am so excited about it. Thanks for all you do for this site…you rock!

Testimonial Note from Patty Mathews on Sun, Dec 04
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 04
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Double Down on Charity Note from ME Doerfler on Sat, Dec 03
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I started with 750words in August and have just completed 100 days. It has changed my attitude towards writing.
I never thought I would hold out for such a long time. I love the badges, the monthly challenge (I have done two and signed up for the January challenge). 750 words has helped me in a lot of ways, including writing very short stories on my blog http://photoblogginginparis.com
Thank you, Buster for this wonderful place

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Sat, Dec 03
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Maybe I should be using this site for its intended purpose and not for fiction writing, but it has really helped me get all those story ideas out of my head and into a text file. I was worried I wouldn’t get a chance until I forgot them.

I probably won’t have time to edit all the writing to make it presentable, but I don’t mind. I’m just glad it’s there.

Testimonial Note from Claire Eiszele on Sat, Dec 03
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More badges for accomplishments

They’d really help keep me and my obsessive collecting tendacies motivated.

New Feature Vote from Claire Eiszele on Sat, Dec 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Matt J. Marlieu on Fri, Dec 02
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Here’s two more cups to the pot. Go get ’em.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Matt J. Marlieu on Fri, Dec 02
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More badges for accomplishments

I feel that the badges are one of the driving forces behind this site. But I feel that there could be more offered. A badge for writing 1,000 words a day for a month would be kind of neat. And perhaps more badges to meet the greater day milestones. The mentality is similar to climbing a rock wall. Once I get to the next goal point, it’s easier to reach the next.

New Feature Vote from Matt J. Marlieu on Fri, Dec 02
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As I approach my first 365 days of continuous writing, I’m amazed at how much this simple task has helped my writing improve. On top of that It’s given me a new peace of mind. This site gives me the goal. The rest is up to me. 750words is better than therapy, and in the end I feel like I have something to show for my time.

Testimonial Note from Jack Fleischer on Fri, Dec 02
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Thanks to this website, I have finally successfully conquered NaNoWriMo!

Testimonial Note from Cerian Hier on Fri, Dec 02
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I used to be a writer that didn’t write. And now, I think, I am a writer who writes (and writes, and writes, and writes). And that change is all thanks to 750 Words. Even though I heard – time and time again – that writers are supposed to write every day, the task seemed so daunting. But 750 Words – with daily emails, badges, and so on – made it so easy (or, at least, easier) to take that leap and become someone who did write every day. Now, it’s part of my routine. A day hasn’t ended unless I’ve written my 750 (or 800, or 900) words. And, now, I can’t begin to imagine an alternative.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 02
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I use 750 words to write out my goals. I write about how I feel achieving my goals. I write about what I am going to do to make my goals a reality. I write about what I am thankful about.

By the end of my 750 words, I am buzzing with energy AND motivation to tackle the day. By the time I get around 500 words I CANNOT WAIT to start the day.

Thank you, 750 words :).

Testimonial Note from David Parker on Fri, Dec 02
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I have noticed that my writing speed has increased, my words are more coherent, and my ability to sit down and write something off the top of my head has gotten much more reliable. I really appreciate 750 words for helping me to achieve all of this. Thanks, Buster.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Fri, Dec 02
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After struggling for literally YEARS trying to write Morning Pages regularly, I stumbled across 750words. This has been the perfect solution for me. I LOVE that it counts words as I type. The 750 word goal is short enough that I can complete it in under 15 minutes when I’m really stretched for time, but also long enough to keep me writing every day. I am thrilled by how this daily writing keeps me honest with myself and therefore more honest with everyone I encounter. 750words.com is helping me to become more of the kind of person I want to be. Thank you so much for such a simple but brilliant solution!

Testimonial Note from Laura Hibberd on Thu, Dec 01
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I love that this site keeps track of how much time I spend writing. I never get my wordcount for the day done so quickly otherwise.

Testimonial Note from Mary Anne Hinkle on Thu, Dec 01