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

10 cups
Typewriter Sounds

I love 750 words for the ease in which I can use it and it’s customizable look. I use a similar downloadable program called Q10. I love Q10 in the same way that it’s free of distractions when I’m writing. However, it’s one feature that I’m missing in 750words is the typewriting sound that it produces. Each keystroke produces a tap sound, and a bell wrings when I hit the return key. It provides a nice ambient sound to clear my head and focus on my writing. I dislike having to copy and paste my words from q10 to 750words, because it does mess up my stats and I hope that I can exclusively write in 750words in the future. :)

New Feature Request Note from Knack Joseph on Wed, Nov 02
4 cups

Today is the one year anniversary of my first turquoise horse. I missed the two months prior to October 2010 and I’ve missed a few months since then, too. The thing is, even when I blow it and miss a challenge, I’m WRITING! More than EVER in my life. And I get to be inspired by me to continue.
(OK, I love the badges. Yes, I do.)
I’m at 229 days/nights in a row and headed for the flying horse. cowabunga! Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Wed, Nov 02
2 cups

Write like the wind! The only failure is giving up, messing up a streak is simply practice for getting it right.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Nov 02
1 cup

I completed my first monthly challenge yesterday. Before October, I used 750words but not with much regularity. Even then, I found it useful. But a whole month of daily writing has made it a habit, something to rely on to bring order to the day and to my work, rather than one more activity I might or might not choose to do. This is a great experiment.

Testimonial Note from Miruna Stanica on Tue, Nov 01
2 cups

I started doing 750 words because my dad was doing it and I wanted to try it for myself. I started and was instantly addicted! I couldn’t stop! I have tried to write every day since.

750 words has been a relaxing time for me where I can focuse my thoughts without having to share them with anybody else. I like to be able to take time away from my normal day and even though I am on a busy schedule, it helps me have a better focused day where I can think better.

This is also a fun journal to write in because it makes you so determined to get stamps and have long streaks. I also like the feature of our stats which I think is pretty awesome. All in all, I am really glad for Buster Benson for making this website for me.

Thank you,

Kyle

Testimonial Note from Kyle Nielsen on Tue, Nov 01
6 cups

Over the past year, 750words.com has broken me of the fear of the white page. This year, I intend on finishing Nanowrimo. Not once, but twice. I am in the process of writing two 50,000 word novels, bringing my daily word count to a lovely total of 4,000 words. 750words has given me discipline, motivation, and brought back my desire to write. I encourage everyone to bring themselves and their friends into 750, not just for the sake of the writer’s way of life, but to clear your mind, better your day, lower your stress, and above all, give you the freedom to speak your mind with no fears attached.

Write on!

Testimonial Note from Rattlecat T Mandelbrott on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup
Offline Capability

I’m sure this is long-ago requested, but I can’t find it.

What are the odds of an “app”-style version of 750words down the line for times when we on-the-move laptop users dip in and out of wifi coverage and such? Perhaps something simple that can keep count offline, and “sync” when we finally do get back on The Grid? I love this about Evernote…maybe a plug-in for that app?

Grasping straws, but there’s a workable idea here darn it! :)

New Feature Request Note from Kenneth Marlo on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup

I love this site – it has helped me deal with a really difficult time in my life, and it’s helped me knuckle down and write everyday! I’m now using it for NaNoWriMo.
I’ve recommended it to every writer I know!

Testimonial Note from Antimony on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would dearly love an iPad app and would settle for an iPhone app. It would be even better to have an app that could sync between the iPhone and iPad!

New Feature Vote from Lady Lazarus on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup

I discovered 750 words towards the end of August and didn’t sign up for September challenge, as I never thought I would be able to stick to it. It turns out I signed up for the October challenge and … made it. I decided to help along with some Patronage… and signed up for the November challenge.
I love the concept and love the playful aspect of it. Thanks buster, for putting all this together.

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Tue, Nov 01
4 cups

I’m buckling down for NaNoWriMo and am very excited to be getting back to 750words.com on a daily basis. I’ve let too many things get in the way to break my streaks over the last few months and I’m so excited to be able to dedicate myself to writing once again.

Good luck to everyone else participating in NaNo!

Testimonial Note from Alli M. on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from a.s. kern on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup

750 words – thank you for always being there for me. I can speak my mind, fantasize, interpret dreams, hey, probably even write the first draft of a novel. Nano here I come! U-DA-BEST, SEVEN -FIVE-OH.

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup
Ctrl-Z

Implement a Ctrl-Z function to undo things like mistaken deletions of whole chunks of text!

New Feature Request Note from Stacey Kerr on Tue, Nov 01
1 cup

Two months of writing, and tomorrow using 750 to begin NaNoWriMo. Thanks Buster! You have saved my creative life.

Testimonial Note from Leslie Stewart on Tue, Nov 01
3 cups

I failed. I gave. I feel better. Write on!

Double Down on Charity Note from Jennifer Barrier on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup

Hi everyone,

I just joined a couple of days ago and I signed up for the November challenge and unsigned from it 2-3 times. I’m excited about 750 but I didn’t understand all the features nor some of the features not present. I’m not all that savvy re: computer software. I had hoped to do this 50k word novel thing on 750 but there doesn’t seem to be a way to manipulate the text and I’m just learning how to use it. So, I may accept the challenge next month—but I wish the best of luck and success to my fellow 750ers. I didn’t want to end up in the hall of shame. :)

Testimonial Note from A. P. Flynn on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup

One more month challenge OK, will start tomorrow the Novel at NaNoWriMo, ok, will be crazy around the middle of the month, ok, for everything else there is Master Card. ja ja..
It is my first time to try to write a Novel in english, and in ONE month, I know I can do it, so I will go for it… Thanks Buster

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from John Ennion on Mon, Oct 31
3 cups

Writing my 750 words for more than 1-1/2 years has inspired me and given me the courage to sign-up for NaNoWriMo this year. I am excited to begin and so glad that this site has helped me establish the daily-writing habit and given me a community of like-minded folks who like me struggle with (at times) and celebrate those 750 words each day. Thank you, Buster! Thank you, Writers!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m hoping to see more badges, including NaNoWriMo badges for 2011!

New Feature Vote from Megan Sullivan on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup

I just finished my first challenge month. Wrote everyday for the entire month of October. Next month is novel writing every day. Had you asked me a year ago, if I could do something like this – write everyday no matter what – I would have scoffed.
Now, all I can say is thank you Buster and the crew at 750words.com!

Testimonial Note from Jay Sennett on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup

I only recently discovered 750 words, but it’s already changing my writing life in an amazing way. I’ve explored many options for writing my NaNoWriMo novel this year, but I’ve decided that writing it in 750 words is the way to go. Come on, midnight!!

Testimonial Note from Lesley Morgan on Mon, Oct 31
2 cups

I would never have had the commitment to keep up with daily writing without the structure and ease that 750words provides. Love it.

Testimonial Note from George Burton on Mon, Oct 31
2 cups

Buster, on the eve of this year’s NaNoWriMo, thank you so much for installing the little printer gadget. I will be able to write and write and then print out and save a manuscript! Just like the “big boys” who have written novels before me! without the hassle of highlighting and copying and pasting etc. etc. Thanks for thinking so carefully about what would help all of us writers.
Carol in upstate NY

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup

When a day offers emotional obstacle course hurdles, I frequently find myself thinking about what I’ll have to say on 750words. The processing power of this tool is empowering.

Testimonial Note from Kim Carter on Mon, Oct 31
1 cup

And when do you have to write to get a night bat badge? If not now, then when?

Testimonial Note from Rose Thornton on Sun, Oct 30
1 cup

I just lost my words for today, even though my word count reflected 752 words. Not happy. I don’t want to reload. Boo.

Testimonial Note from Rose Thornton on Sun, Oct 30
1 cup

Keeping a daily journal has always been important to maintaining my well-being. Which is why it sucked so much when I stopped writing very day. 750words.com has given me back my equilibrium — I keep my reminder email marked as unread and it glares at me all day until I stop procrastinating and start writing. There’s nothing happier than the moment when I pass 750 words and my counter turns green!

Testimonial Note from Jenny Nicholson on Sat, Oct 29
1 cup

I wrote a journal throughout my teens but demands on my time after I started working full-time crowded it out of my life. Thanks 750words for motivating me to start writing daily again. Now I realise how much I had missed taking a few minutes to reflect on my thoughts each day.

Testimonial Note from Anna Gerber on Sat, Oct 29