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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Thanks Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Elizabeth Coleman on Sat, Sep 03
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Good luck to all who take on the one month challenge! I have done it and conquered it, therefore I received a hard earned CUP OF PATRONAGE. Therefore, I will give one back. Love.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Michael Gambino on Sat, Sep 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Alex Shchedrin on Sat, Sep 03
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More badges for accomplishments

I didn’t think I would care, but I really enjoy the badges. However, once you get to a certain point they are few and far between. I would like to see a few more badges for accomplishments.

New Feature Vote from Sean O'Brien on Sat, Sep 03
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And I just passed 100,000 words! Woot!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rose Thornton on Sat, Sep 03
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This project has been a life-changing one for me. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Rose Thornton on Sat, Sep 03
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This site has saved my writing and my sanity. I’ve had quite a few technical glitches along the way, but I’m not letting them discourage me. This provides a sense of accomplishment even on the days I can’t manage to work on my fiction projects, and that’s become very important to me. Thanks to all who keep this site running.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Sep 03
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Thanks!

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Sat, Sep 03
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I think it’s sort of cool that we get these for winning challenges, and since at this point I’m honestly too broke to donate anything even though I’d sort of like to, I can contribute these back instead for now.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kiona Strickland on Fri, Sep 02
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More badges for accomplishments

I think there should be more short-term badges. Maybe a 50 day badge or 150 day badge or new behavior badges like the cheetah or hamster but maybe a badge for being positive or a badge for writing multiple times after the first 750 words are written. I’m just throwing some random ideas out there. Short term goals help keep people motivated for long term ones. I’ve only been here for a month and a half and now it seems like the badges I want to get will take a dramatically longer time to get now than before. I’m scared I may give up out of impatience. Perhaps I won’t, but more badges would definitely mean more writing and more goal making.

New Feature Vote from Katie Valtcheva on Fri, Sep 02
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More badges for accomplishments

Actually, what I really wanted was 750words integration with healthmonth. But there wasn’t an existing feature suggestion for that. A badge between 100 days and 200 days would be good too.

New Feature Vote from Mazarine on Fri, Sep 02
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More badges for accomplishments

Aside from the NaNoWriMo contest, there’s also a 3-Day Novel Writing Contest that’s also a good idea. Maybe add that?

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Sep 02
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Writing on 750 Words has been a fantastic experience for me, especially during the one month challenge when I had to make myself remember to write daily – I didn’t want to end up on the Wall of Shame!
This site has enabled me to clear my mind on so many occasions and, as a result, it has meant less real life arguments with the person/people who have been the source of some kind of frustration. For example, I have had times when my boyfriend and brother have annoyed me, these times have then become the fuel for my 750 words for the day. In writing this, though, it has given me the chance to vent and get everything out of my system so I do not take it out on either of them in person. It has drastically reduced the stress and anger I have felt in the past and this can only be a good thing – I was getting to a stage where I was unhappy with the person I was before using this website as a verbal punching bag… Thankyou for creating it and sharing it with people like me, it really has been a great help to me over the past couple of months :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 02
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750words has been my saving grace. I use to journal all of the time and had stopped several years ago. Instead of getting my thoughts out, they’ve stayed jumbled in my head, which has been worse since switching jobs and having more to think about. 750words is my pensieve (think Dumbledore in Harry Potter). It allows me to dump all of my thoughts out, which then provides me the opportunity to swirl them around and make sense of them. I owe my sanity to 750words.com!

Testimonial Note from Janet Morrison on Fri, Sep 02
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On-going writing

I would love to see a feature of some sort for those of us who want to do continuous and edited writing. I would love to have the accountability of 750words to work on my book, but instead of having to write something in 750words that is disconnected from the writing in my word document and that saves and is un-editable the next day, I’d like to have my entire book (word doc) loaded in the site and be able to edit and write on it each day…then have 750words track the changes, additions, and progress each day so I know how much time I spent on my writing, how many words I added, and things like that. For whatever reason, the badges in 750 really work as great little incentives. An additional component for editable writing…or maybe it’s a different site…I believe would help those of us writers who want/need to do more than journaling (even though I love that and will definitely continue that as well!) Thanks so much for creating this site!! (I’ve just started on www.healthmonth.com as well)

New Feature Request Note from Janet Morrison on Fri, Sep 02
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Sometimes writing is just hard. But, the only way to make it easier is to do it. That may be why writing is such a conundrum for so many people. Because, it’s easy to write. We do it all the time. But, to write well, to communicate truly, completely, to pour an image and an idea and an emotion from one mind to another is so sublime, so fickle, so unpredictable as to be like catching strands of silk in a hurricane with a pair of tweezers. That might be part of the reason why writers, true writers, those who pursue the craft with lifelong dedication, seem to be a little odd, a little different from “normal” people. And there’s only one way to find out if you’re one of those kinds of people: get out there, strap yourself to a tree, super glue your tweezers to your thumb and forefinger and wait for the winds to blow. 750 words at a time.

Testimonial Note from Kevin Aldrich on Fri, Sep 02
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index/title/metadata

I want to second a version of Michele Howarth’s idea for titles. You might think that the search function would be enough for me, but it’s surprising the number of times (even in my two months of using the site) that I’ve had to read through quite a few days before finding the particular brainstorm session I remembered typing in here – often because I didn’t include the title of the story, etc, that I was working on…

Usually after a day or two I can read something over and have a better grip on what it was really about. So it would be nice to have a metadata/indexing/title/keyword field on each entry that I could edit after the day ends. Maybe even with the option of a keyword cloud on the month stat page?

Thank you so much for this site. Every day, I can’t wait to write my 750 words.

New Feature Request Note from Samantha J. Montgomery on Thu, Sep 01
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Improve the writing page

It would be nice to be able to label entries, whether at the time of writing or later on. With all the days in a month that we write, it’s hard to have to go through them one by one if there was something in an earlier entry we want to revisit. Or even if it was just a “Star” or “Favorite” or “Important” mark, just to be able to distinguish certain entries that might be more important or useful.

New Feature Vote from Ruby on Thu, Sep 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Thu, Sep 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Lauren P on Thu, Sep 01
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Just finished my first monthly challenge. I took it on in my busiest month (in my personal life) so that I could prove to myself that I am committed to my writing! About half-way through, I signed up to NaNoWriMo. I finally feel ready to take on that big challenge! August was a great trial run. Good luck to the september challengers!

Testimonial Note from Kristina Solheim on Thu, Sep 01
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Titles

I often jump on this site when I need something to read and go through my past days. I’d love to be able to title the day’s worth of words so that I can easily find what I’m looking for, as I often write bits from two or more different stories in one day or write the same story but completely different scenes on different days. And if I could title my posts, I wouldn’t have to click on everything just to see what it is!

I think it would be best if titles are kept somewhat separate from the day’s words, not only so they don’t count as part of the day’s words but also so I can go back and edit them on other days.

New Feature Request Note from Michele Howarth on Thu, Sep 01
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750 words has helped me to clear my mind of its clutter, daily. I’m able to get all the ‘junk’ down in words and make some sense of it. It helps me to figure out what I need to take care of that I was possibly neglecting before. It’s a great way to start my day!

Testimonial Note from Kelly Port on Thu, Sep 01
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More text analysis

A better Italian language support

New Feature Vote from Daniele Di Minica on Thu, Sep 01
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I just love, love, love 750words! Using the site has helped me get in a groove with writing and is helping it to become a delicious ritual. What a great idea, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Ruth Hartmann on Thu, Sep 01
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This past month I’ve used 750 words as a sort of “brain-organizer,” and not on purpose. I mean, I started with really no expectations of how it would go. In fact, I started out venting… quite venomous was my first post, actually, because my first post occurred during some drama with certain drama-inducing family members. ‘Nuff said. But over the course of the month I found myself making decisions and creating plans, on 750 words, and so I feel the practice has been extremely helpful. And that’s why I’m back for another month o’ goodness! Thank you for this site, Buster. Enjoy your coffee.

Testimonial Note from Annette G on Thu, Sep 01
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OK, I want everyone to know I have been writing every day since the beginning of March. This means my 184 days streak, or 5 months… I am close to the 200 days badge, and the 200,000 words in a flock badge, so I am really happy.
Thanks Buster. My practice is what is important now.
I am from Mexico, and even though I am bilingual since I was 12, when I studied one year in a boarding school in New York, and I have always studied english grammar, my writing has improved so much,
now I really feel I can write a novel.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Thu, Sep 01
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So many times writing my pages ends up being a brain dump of all sorts of odds and ends—memories to save, dreams to record, feelings and emotions (often yucky ones) that just need to be expressed and looked at. And without the discipline of this venue, those things would continue to clog up my thinking and keep me wandering through the processing and reprocessing cycle. Thank you, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 31
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750 Words has really helped to make a positive change in my life. Writing out my thoughts every day in journal form has helped me to get organized, clear my head and learn to think more positively. It’s fun to check my stats after I write and see how my WPM has improved or see how my mental state is changing day to day. I look forward to writing every day now and I’m eager to beat September’s challenge!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 31
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Sections for Today's Writing

I’d love to be able to separate types of writing in a single day’s entry. For example, if I write 500 words of fiction, then 300 words of random journal-like babbling in the same day, I’d love to be able to put them in separate categories so that they aren’t lumped together on the same page. Even better if categories can get their stats analyzed independently of other categories, so I can see stats on “fiction” versus “journal”. If the user can define the category (or choose to have only the default single category), so much the better – one could manage various writing projects (short story anthology, ongoing novel, nonfiction project, journal, etc) that way.

New Feature Request Note from Ty Barbary on Wed, Aug 31