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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Retroactive meta data tagging

First, thanks Buster. I love this site. Second, I figured out how to use the metadata function months after I started using the site, and it would be ideal to go back and enter meta data tags in the earlier entries so I can track all the ideas for my novel that I’ve generated while on this site. Third, thanks again! This is a fun way to do morning pages.

New Feature Request Note from Sharon A Shoo on Mon, Oct 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Oct 03
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My writing and typing skills that I’ve had since grade 8 have sharpened since being here. What writing skills do you need sharpening?

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Oct 03
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I began using 750 words as a way to get myself back into blogging without censor or care and I’m so glad I did. I have a personal challenge to never miss a day because I have found that it really helps me, A LOT. It helps me clear my mind and think more clearly. It gives me a reason to be typing and saying things that I might otherwise keep bottled inside. Thank you for this site. Thank you for everything you have done for my writing. And even though I sometimes find it a pain, I am always glad that I do it, when I am done. Every one else should do this as well, and your goals might be different and that’s okay. No one writer is the same!

Testimonial Note from Elise on Sun, Oct 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from laura cvik on Sun, Oct 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Oct 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Derrick Woolfson on Sat, Oct 01
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This site has been an incredible gift. Having a terminally ill mother while in college is not easy to deal with. But because I have been writing for almost 200 days, consecutively, I have been able to relieve my mind. I am not only a better writer, but a better communicator. Having the ability to unleash your mind daily is incredibly healthy! So, I am celebrating with 20 cups!

Testimonial Note from Derrick Woolfson on Sat, Oct 01
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I am just getting back to writing after a summer off and I am realizing how much I missed being able to literally dump all my thoughts out on to a page where I can do with them what I will. Thanks for still being here, 750 words, when I was able to return.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Weiden Philipbar on Sat, Oct 01
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I have to say, this is one of the finest time I’m so proud of myself. Since many years ago reading “The Artist’s Way”, I said I want to do my morning page daily, which is to really just sit down, and write 750 words. Of course I failed for many years. Starting and stop, restarting and failing. Along the way, I lose faith, in my writing and in myself. Today, I finally live up to my words. I actually completed my One Month Challenge. laugh Still now, I don’t know what prompt me to do it in the first place. I remembered when I signed up, I was so afraid. I was hesitated, and the worst of all, I doubted myself. “Can I? Can I really do this? I always say I want to do this, do that…. But I never complete my stuff…” The reason I always avoid the challenge is, I don’t want to fail. I don’t want to appear on the Wall of shame. I feel ashamed. Most of all, I am afraid to fail. So the best way not to fail?—— Don’t do anything at all! Haha. Of course this already marks the failing… … I’m sure all of us have dreams to fufill in this lifetime. Dreams we may have ever since as a little child, perhaps. Dreams we don’t just want them to live in our head, we want them alive, real, now, in our life. The thing is, YES. They can come true, when you take action, when you say, “I’ll write.” It doesn’t matter how much, or how long, or even how good we are. The very thing is, do it. Write. What is the dream you always want to do? Write. Write it down, write it all down, especially the very one you are so fearful of, the one you believe it’s not you who can. Write. So for those who actually did take the challenge and ended up in the Hall of shame…. Don’t give up! You’re already very brave, and you’re good enough. Take the challenge again and I’m sure one day, the daily writing is one of your habit. If some lazy bums like me can do something, and actually able to learn to be disciplined, I’m sure all of you can do it even more, and much, much better than me. Thank you, 750words. You prove to me that I can achieve anything I want, when I put my heart, mind, body and soul into it. Even just 1% is enough. Most of all, I fall in love with writing all over again. I want to take One Month Challenge again in November. I want to write forever. Thank you. :)

Testimonial Note from Low Qiuling on Sat, Oct 01
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Wow! I never thought I would finish my last novel but I did AND I have started another one plus the second half of my Auto Biography. Plus I have now written 25 Articles on Wizzley. And to think, when I started 750 I was suffering from Writers’ Block! Thank you Buster and 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Ralpapajan Thurman on Sat, Oct 01
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More badges for accomplishments

For whatever reason, the badges motivate me….to write more words, to avoid distractions, to write quickly, etc. However, even though I’m trying to maintain my no distraction streak and my under 20 minute streak, I noticed that once I got my badges for those, I don’t get any more. I’d love to see badges that encourage those streaks—like starting off with a 10 day badge for no distractions, next badge at 30, next one at 90, etc. I like the challenge it gives me and would love to have that little bit of extra motivation for each of the different challenges. Regardless, though, it’s still an amazing and helpful site. Thanks, Buster!

New Feature Vote from Janet Morrison on Sat, Oct 01
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I’d like to add a smile and a hug.

Double Down on Charity Note from Annette G on Sat, Oct 01
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Never feel that what you’re doing isn’t worthwhile or of value. It is, always.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Bethany George-Brown on Sat, Oct 01
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There’s always something going through your mind that needs to get out. You never have nothing on your mind. There’s always something going on around you that you can type about. Whatever is going on in your life can be processed here. Whatever your day was like, you can lay it out here. Don’t be creative. Whatever you think you’re not good with will be honed and shaped and will come out naturally. Just focus on getting your thoughts out. Nobody will see them anyway. Don’t try to impress yourself with creativity yet. Just crank out 750 words first then worry about the rest later.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Oct 01
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I just finished my September challenge with flying colours! Granted there were some times where I was forcing myself to type at the last second and wanted to throw my computer out the window… but mainly I just feel proud of myself! I’ve been able to do something regularly, every day for two months now. It might not seem like much to others, but for someone like me who is better at forming bad habits then good, being able to say I’ve done something every day is a real achievement. I feel accomplished, I feel productive and most of all, I feel proud of myself. I hope that everyone using 750 Words can share in those feelings.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 01
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I’m back. After slacking off for the past few months. Ready to embark on another Monthly Challenge. One way of making a promise to myself, one way to make it just a bit harder to avoid doing what I say I want, which is to be a writer.

Testimonial Note from Terri Sharkey on Fri, Sep 30
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Just finished the September Challenge! I can’t remember the last time I did something productive and creative for 30 days in a row. This has been a huge boost to my confidence. Thank you, a million times over, Buster, for creating this site.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Wallace on Fri, Sep 30
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Thank you so much for building this site. Sometimes I prefer the hand-cramping slowness of pen and paper (it’s a different challenge to have my hand keep up with my mind, instead of vice versa), but 750words increases my chances of doing morning pages exponentially. It’s an honor to buy you a cup of coffee.

Testimonial Note from Christine Hutchison on Fri, Sep 30
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I owe Mario three cups for every time he bailed me out. I write my pages long-hand, but like the accountability of 750words.com. My internet went out twice and once I forgot to upload my ‘words’ (“morning pages” copied 750 times!) even though I’d written them that day. Mario was so helpful. Thank you Mario! In October – no bail outs. If I forget, I forget. Love writing everyday. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Skye Brannon on Fri, Sep 30
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750 words has broadened my mind. Thank you so much, Buster. I’m on an 80 day streak at the moment and I just finished the September 1 month Challenge. I am so proud of myself and I couldn’t have done it without you. Without being modest, I see myself as one of the maturer 16 year old girls, and I believe 750 has helped me grow and become the girl I am today. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Buttigieg on Thu, Sep 29
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I just signed up for the October challenge. I really hope I make it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Miruna Stanica on Thu, Sep 29
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750 words has helped me focus, hunker down and get centered. Something about writing everyday and earning those badges just compels me to write. I love this site. As another patron wrote with 750 words who needs therapy.

Testimonial Note from Jay Sennett on Wed, Sep 28
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I have been writing since March 1st on a streak, & Feel so blessed.
211 day streak, even myself can not believe it.
My English has improved and now when I have not written on any morning for any cause my fingers really need it, and I start feeling I need to do it. It is such a nice feeling to need the practice and usually it only takes me 15 or 18 minutes of my Lunch time at the office. Thanks Buster
Ana Sofia iS

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Tue, Sep 27
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This is a great place to purge. I’ve been here for 148 days and I’m still loving it. I’ve written unsent letters, ideas for novels, confessions and all sorts of things. Who needs a therapist?

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Sep 24
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I didn’t know that cups went also to charity, and letting us to increase the percentage that goes there is just another prove about how awesome this site is in all aspects I can think about.

Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Sat, Sep 24
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I know when I haven’t been on 750 Words in awhile. Aside from the daily reminder emails, I feel congested. I feel all this “stuff” built up, questions and thoughts and unresolved ruminations, swirling in my mind. Then I return to 750 Words and let it all out. Things you can’t say to someone, things you wish you could say to someone, things you need to say to yourself. It all comes out and you feel cleansed, rejuvenated and able to make sense of it all. Thank you, 750 Words, for always being there.

Testimonial Note from Chris McGowan on Sat, Sep 24
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This site was suggested to me by a good writer friend of mine. Using Livejournal or social networks never quite worked for some of the writing I wanted to do. Always verbose, I always have something to say, and now I can feed my ego and psychoanalyze myself by writing whatever craziness comes out of my noodle. The word counter, always pushing to make it green, always striving for higher WPMs and seeing yet another entry without a distraction, or even trying to write in under ten minutes…it helps. When I have a thought stuck in my head and it won’t come out; I come here, and it’s like magic. I focus less on whatever is on my mind and more about just getting words out and achieving a goal (I’m a determined, goal-oriented person), and I get both done. Over the summer I was incredibly busy and went an entire month or more without writing, but now I shall be striving for more streak badges. The turquoise horse is a nice pet, but I’d like to add to the menagerie. Thanks, Buster! This site has truly changed a lot for me. If I can write 750 words every day for a month; imagine what else I can do?!

Testimonial Note from Reidun Saxerud on Fri, Sep 23