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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750 words is one of the great discoveries of the year. This is my way of expressing thanks. Not long ago my dear partner and wife urged me to try it, and, predictably enough, I was skeptical at first, but now I have written for almost 40 days in a row and can’t imagine my day without it. 750 makes me more reflective and really encourages me to get down on paper the concerns that are obsessing me. As Buster recently suggested, 750 is the kind of habit that makes us more thoughtful, more aware, more lively. I love it and hope to be a regular user for many months and even years to come. Hail 750! A wonderful way to write, to think, and to be.

Testimonial Note from Stephen Preskill on Thu, Dec 22
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Feeling pretty happy with myself right about now. I started back in September (even tried to do the challenge). However, missing a day in the second week of that month disappointed me a little, and I gave up on the site for about a month. Somehow, I found the spirit of writing again mid-October and haven’t stopped since. I just got day 70 and now currently working towards 100. It’s going to be tough with Christmas and New Year’s coming up, but something tells me that I am going to get it. Somehow just pulled nearly 4,000 words out of nowhere today (after days of writing 750 to 850 words). Let’s just hope that this energy sticks around for a little while. And I am so close to getting the 100,000 word badge that it hurts (only 25,000 to go). I should be getting it the first part of January if I keep going the way it’s been going lately.

Testimonial Note from Matt J. Marlieu on Thu, Dec 22
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Cora Darkmoon on Thu, Dec 22
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I am so happy to get all my bitching and complaining out of the way at the beginning of the day! This has helped my brain to be a more pleasant place to hang out. Best of all, whiny entries were mostly at the beginning of the month, and I’ve moved on to more interesting (to me) thoughts! Thank you, Buster, for such a wonderful tool. I feel back on track as a writer even though I’m on the last stretch of a non-writing graduate degree!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Dec 21
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Irene H. on Wed, Dec 21
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750words.com has made all the difference in trying to reach the kind of positive habits that I’m after. I’m so glad I found this place.

Testimonial Note from Irene H. on Wed, Dec 21
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I'd love to wear a t-shirt from 750words.com

I woke up yesterday, 1 day closer to getting to 100-day streak. And I thought “when I get there i want the t-shirt.” I’d love (and buy) a t-shirt with a badge…I’d buy one for every badge I have. The front would have the badge on it (not too big, high-res) and the back would have 750words.com up at the neck, you know like all those other digital schwag shirts. Cafe Press would make it easy. Please, Buster, pleeeeeze can we haz shirts?

New Feature Request Note from Kate Rutter on Tue, Dec 20
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I’m now on my longest-ever streak on 750 Words: 25 days. That may not seem like much but it is to me. I have to be cautious that I’m not reinforcing my own perfectionism with trying to maintain a streak, but the daily writing practice is really so useful. The writing itself is helpful, as I see what’s on my mind on a given day, and the practice aspect is useful too, as I see that I can maintain something regularly without a Herculean effort.

Testimonial Note from Tara Anderson on Tue, Dec 20
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Thank you so much for this website, Buster! I’m a writing coach and have been recommending the site to my clients for awhile, but only this week have started using it myself. It’s a fantastic resource! Many kudos to you, and to all of the fabulous writers. You all rock! :)

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Paterson on Sun, Dec 18
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Go for it, team!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kathryn Paterson on Sun, Dec 18
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750 Words as a spiritual practice: #$^%* I was sitting a the computer ALL day long. I wrote hundreds of words, but the computer does not lie, and it does not forgive. Just shy of another albatross, for the second month running, missing just one day… The practice comes not in being successful everyday (though that takes discipline), it comes in how I return to begin again, goose-egg in hand. How do I greet myself when I COME BACK? How do I greet myself when I realize I have erred? (In this case I suffered disappointment and then began again). Thank you 750words for the growth opportunity.

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Sun, Dec 18
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Today I’ve reached my 200th day streak, and about 8000 words ago I reached 250,000 words written. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this site. It has transformed me from a writer full of guilt for writing, to a writer who has made time for writing in her life every single day.

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Miner on Sun, Dec 18
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Send entries as e-mails

After completing an entry, the author has the ability to send the entry as an e-mail.

This would also work as a way for users to save their notes on Evernote, as entries can be made in Evernote via email.

New Feature Request Note from Michael Lobel on Sat, Dec 17
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Oh, what a wonderful resource! Life-changing stuff! I hope Buster Benson is feeling FANTASTIC right now!

Testimonial Note from Jack McJack on Sat, Dec 17
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More badges for accomplishments

Because I am an acquisitive badge slut I would love to see more badges. Also, because “more badges for accomplishments” was easy to find and choose from the list. But the improvement I was really wanting to write about would be one that allows you to change your word count requirement (from 750, which is awesome) to say 1,000 (which is fully 33% more awesome!). But in any event, I love this site and its help in getting morning pages done and out of the way. Cheers!

New Feature Vote from Kak Mathews on Fri, Dec 16
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“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lamb

Thanks, 750 Words. I started today.

Testimonial Note from Liana Woods Weiland on Fri, Dec 16
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.~Aristotle

Testimonial Note from Derick Lawson on Fri, Dec 16
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Fri, Dec 16
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Happy holidays and thanks for the website, it really has helped me to be consistent this year (overall) in journaling!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Fri, Dec 16
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A better mobile site

For sure! Anything so that I can post on the go…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 15
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750words.com has been incredibly rewarding. Just by practicing my writing, my confidence level in my writing skills has increased dramatically. Congratulations, Buster, for the mention in Oprah’s magazine, November 2011 issue, page 48. NaNoWriMo was also mentioned.They were mentioned as a resource in honor of National Novel Writing Month.

Testimonial Note from Susan Arnett on Thu, Dec 15
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This month is almost halfway over. Only a couple of weeks to go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Wed, Dec 14
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Go forth and write you heart out!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Stephanie Holmes on Tue, Dec 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Dori the Dwarf on Tue, Dec 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Dori the Dwarf on Tue, Dec 13
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dori the Dwarf on Tue, Dec 13
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I had tried before to write every single day, failing, and I was initially sceptical that I would be able to this time. 750 words is somehow different. Perhaps it is the progress tracker, or the addicting badges, or the friends that brought you to the Web site, but there is strong, positive pressure to continue writing. Though the number of words required daily may seem daunting, once you begin furiously typing, that number becomes arbitrary; you finish when you are done (around one thousand personally). You will find there is plenty to say: your day, your feelings, your work, and long tangents. This is the best part about writing, something claimed in the introduction to the site, but something I was similarly sceptical about: your mind will be clearer. That is a claim I would normally shun since it is impossible to quantify, but I have been calmer, writing out frustrations and solving them as I write, and more thoughtful, able, at the beginning of the day or at its close, to work through and analyse events and ideas. And you will notice your typing skills gradually improve. I recommend this site in the strongest possible terms.

Testimonial Note from Daniel Bond on Mon, Dec 12
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I started this lovely commitment of 750 words/day eight days ago and I’m still going strong. Other than the badges and streaks, which provide excellent incentives, the writing really helps you grow. The catharsis is amazing. I felt that today after my impassioned and brutally honest stream-of-consciousness prose on an issue that I’ve suppressed in my mind for the past five years. I encourage all of you to make your daily 750 into self-discovery, no matter how insignificant your writing may seem that day. I can imagine the depth of insight you gain on yourself when you look back on months worth or writing. Hell, I realize it even eight days in.

Testimonial Note from Daniel Hironaka on Mon, Dec 12
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I’ve been stuck in an “unable to write regularly” rut since my little boy was born 20 months ago. But I can type fast, and 750 words takes me less than 10 minutes, so it’s easy to find and I’m highly motivated by the badges. In other words – 750words.com has got me writing again and I love it. Thank you :-)

Testimonial Note from Amanda Kendle on Mon, Dec 12
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adjustable word limit

I love using 750 words but I know some people who think that writing 750 words a day is too many (ridiculous, I know). It might get people who are unused to writing a lot every day to get a good start on 750words if they can set a personal goal for themselves – 250 or 500 words each day. Then they can push the limit back once they get into the groove of things. And for those of us who do NaNoWriMo, we can raise the limit to 1,667 if we dare!

New Feature Request Note from Cheresse Burke on Sun, Dec 11