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

1 cup

750 words has infiltrated my mind. I signed up for and completed the October challenge to write everyday. I received my blue horse badge and had my name added to the Wall of Awesomeness and you know what, it didn’t work. I am not DONE. I considered signing up for the November challenge but that’s all I did, considered it. Surprisingly, the lapse of commitment doesn’t feel right, so I’m back. Not a perfect score but close enough for me. Thank you 750 words for helping me to fight the voice that tries to convince me that what I have to say, why I write, is not important.

Testimonial Note from Leslie Goden on Fri, Nov 04
1 cup

I am writing the novel, for the NaANoWriMo.
Is there a way to link this site, 750words and the NaNoWriMo site???
Thanks Buster…

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Thu, Nov 03
1 cup

I’ve never felt as safe with writing what I want as I do on 750words. I love the badge system, I love the layout of the site, I love the feedback and most of all I love that the writing is private but you are still able to share so much of yourself to people in the 750words community. Brilliant idea. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Melanie C-D on Thu, Nov 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 03
1 cup

Some things have a profound and immediate change. Some things are little by little. This site is both. It’s amazing. I can look back 30 days and see the spurts and stutters of things happening and then a few days of rest and then BANG, everything just clicks.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 03
1 cup

all i can say is thank you. everything else falls short.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 03
4 cups
A better mobile site

It would be much, much easier for me to write daily if all the main features of the site were available on an iPad and Android tablet. I hesitate to recommend a native iPad app because a) I think it’s harder to implement and b) it’s obviously not cross-platform.

750 Words so valuable to my mental and emotional health. I would love to have it available to me anywhere, anytime via a good mobile site.

Thanks for everything!

New Feature Vote from Rachel Youngblood Workizer on Wed, Nov 02
3 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Raychelle Geggatt on Wed, Nov 02
25 cups

Today marks 600 days in a row for me. I set myself the additional challenge of averaging at least 1,000 words a day each month, and so far I have not slipped. This site with its badges and clean interface has changed my life.

Double Down on Charity Note from David Schwartz on Wed, Nov 02
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 Tue, Nov 01
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 Tue, Nov 01
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 Mon, Oct 31
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