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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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Aug 01
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Aug 01
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Facebook update option

I know we can sign in via facebook, but there should be a way to post our daily word-count, or our streak, or total word count or all three easily as our status… and perhaps a permanent widget. I’d love to be able to easily show my friends the achievements I’ve made, and to more easily direct them to 750words.com. Or is there something like this that I just haven’t found?

New Feature Request Note from Lins Gibson on Mon, Aug 01
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This site has been an inspiration, a grindstone, a brick wall to beat my head against, a confidante, a stream-of-consciousness, a scratch pad, a friendly ear and an amazing journey. Writing every day for the last 100+ days has been awesome, and greatly reward. Thank you! And here’s to another hundred!

Testimonial Note from Lins Gibson on Mon, Aug 01
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Go Team August!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lins Gibson on Mon, Aug 01
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Ok, this sounds like fun, although I’m not entirely sure how it all gets split up, lol! I am thoroughly enjoying having a place to write everyday with a little bit of motivation included! Let’s go Team August and finish to the end! :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Valerie Strawmier on Mon, Aug 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges. Being on a streak, I’m extremely reluctant to break it because I know that if I do I have to start all over again to work my way up to the space bird badge. However, I’m on a streak of 55 at the moment, and I kinda wish there was a micro reward between the albatross and the phoenix. The other badges I’d really like to see is to do with the stats at the end. I know it’s a bit flaky, but it’d be great if we could get badges for being positive etc. just to help us get in the right frame of mind every day. Sometimes I find myself just bitching out, and while that’s useful to vent, it does set a bad tone. Maybe it’s fine, whatever, I just like getting a shiny reward at the end of the rainbow :P.

New Feature Vote from Anthony Reddan on Mon, Aug 01
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Since I started writing my morning notes, I’ve been enjoying life 100% more. You get everything that’s on your mind out of the way first thing in the morning, realise how stupid (or profound) it is, and get on with your day. I find using 750 words as a conduit for this amazing, I really enjoy the stats (even though it is a bit of a flaky science) and badges for encouragement. Because I write first thing when I roll out of bed, the first few paragraphs at least (sometimes, the whole 750+ words) are about my dreams. It’s helped me to remember them a whole lot clearer, and take more notice and analyse what’s going on with my subconscious to produce these dreams. It’s really cool you guys. Thanks for an awesome site Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anthony Reddan on Mon, Aug 01
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I don’t quite understand what I’m donating here. Virtual cups of patronage. I don’t understand how it’ll help but if you say so! Let’s do it!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anthony Reddan on Mon, Aug 01
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I love the continuing warm invitation to write. There it sits in my inbox every day at 11am. I ignored it for over a month, but the gentle reminders have done their magic. I am back! I am writing, and that feels SO Good. Thanks 750words, for never giving up on me.

Testimonial Note from Christyna Lewis on Mon, Aug 01
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Thanks to 750, I’ve gotten to almost 200 pages in my novel, a feat that took over a year on my first try. How totally brilliant! I’m one step closer to being a trillionaire.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 01
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Hammering out a thousand words every morning has really helped the rest of the writing I do throughout the rest of the day. While I had always intended on doing something like this before I found this site, the daily reminder and stat tracking has kept me to the task. Thanks for everything!

Testimonial Note from Tim VanDeWal on Mon, Aug 01
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Ditto on the vacation mode

I, like many others, would love to have a feature where you could schedule in some vacation time and therefore not lose your streak. We do a lot of camping in my family, and unsurprisingly, where we camp there is no internet. I do intend to write those days, but obviously will still lose my streak online.

To ensure people are still writing, I propose these stipulations: vacation time must be scheduled at least a week or two in advance, and when the vacation is over you have to go back and enter in words for those days. If you word processed and just couldn’t post, copy-paste. If you wrote in a physical notebook, you can either type in what you wrote or just copy-paste nonsense to fill in that many words. Either way, you have to go back and put words for those days to continue your streak.

New Feature Request Note from Michele Howarth on Mon, Aug 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 01
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To be able to save a streak thru Internet absence

I want to be able to break a streak in a planned way – to specify in advance that I won’t be logging on to the 750words site, but not to lose the days for my current streak.

I’m looking forward to an eight-day holiday Without Internet in October. I of course intend to keep writing my 750words a day – it’s champion discipline and I love Buster for it muchly. But I calculate that this holiday will arrive in good time to make sure I don’t get my 200-day streak badge – I ought to get to the 100-day streak badge (again) but will by default be starting back at zero after the holiday.

So my New Feature Request is to be able to specify a holiday that allows me to save my current streak and continue it after the holiday is over.

New Feature Request Note from Yonmei onIJ on Mon, Aug 01
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More text analysis

More concrete and less ‘fluffy’ analysis. Comparative stats on stuff like word length, vocabulary, reading level, sentence length…

New Feature Vote from Thomas Floyd Wright on Sun, Jul 31
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It’s not that I suffer from writer’s block. I don’t. I can write a 2,000 word email to a friend or relative before breakfast. So why wasn’t I adding any words to the first 50,000 I’d completed last November as part of NaNoWriMo? I don’t know….but what I do know is that since I began writing 750words each day I have added well over 20,000 words to my manuscript. I don’t generally write for my novel IN 750words, though sometimes I do when I’m stuck and want to ‘talk’ myself through it. The daily “nudge” from 750words, the commitment, the sitting down in my chair and writing 750words of “whatever”…have all served to set the rhythm for my days and loosen up my fingers and my mind to the task. It’s great to have this tool and it works. I am achieving my writing goals—and that says a lot.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 31
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dusty on Sun, Jul 31
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I’ve seen some people writing notes requesting the ability to up their daily word count as a self-issued challenge. I’m not sure how many people realize this, I know I didn’t at first, but if you complete 50,000 words within a month you’ll get the Nano badge. I thought this was only obtainable during the month of the contest, November, but it’s available at any time. Complete an average of 1,667 words per day and it can be yours.
Cheers,
Satch

Testimonial Note from Wes on Sun, Jul 31
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Just finished a short story and signed up for the August challenge. All thanks to 750 words, a source of routine, discipline and therefore salvation in my otherwise hectic life." Fall down seven times, get up eight…. so I keep coming back. Great site.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Sun, Jul 31
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No matter what I think I`d like to write about, other thoughts just flow out of me and I wonder where they came from. I love not knowing what I`ll write about when I start, just keep my finger flowing until I am spent of thought, but then once I`m done, there`s so much I felt I could have written about. I love typing and thinking and writing here. Thanks for letting me purge my brain.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Jul 31
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I just completed my first month challenge and I am so excited I completed it! I feel awesome. I am an excellent starter of projects, and not an excellent finisher, but I actually did it! I keep the reminder emails from Buster in my inbox unopened until I finish to remind myself. Writing my words really helps my ADD brain and the days I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I suffer for the day. For August I am going to make sure I write them in the morning. This site rocks :)

Testimonial Note from Christie Ingram on Sun, Jul 31
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I am completely in awe of people who will commit the Monthly Challenge and complete it. You are inspirational!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Carter on Sat, Jul 30
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Running timer

It would be so great to have a running timer at the bottom of the screen or at least a recording of the time started. I’m trying to do at least 30 minutes a day and I don’t think about my starting time until I’m already into it. 30 minutes is good for reflection and direction! Thanks!!!! Love the site!!!!

New Feature Request Note from Ron C on Sat, Jul 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Chloe Chiang on Sat, Jul 30
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Already 8 Space birds badges here, super)) nothing imposible, ha?) and my pretty Ptero keep mooving too. Ain`t we awesome))

Testimonial Note from Natalie Z. on Fri, Jul 29
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More badges for accomplishments

I need more badges. different ones, since it is so nice to received them and know you reached that small steps along the way… one extra could be every 50 days, not only 100… or maybe 2 months in a row, Thanks Buster

New Feature Vote from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 29
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I am about complete the 5th MONTH Challenge of writing everyday, since March 1st.
It has been, March, April, May, June and July challenges, and It feels so good.
I will be travelling some long weekends in August, so I hope I have internet all the time, so I dont miss this great opportunity of keep on going.
Just got the cheetah badge for writing faster for ten days, and it was an additional motivation "To not forget to write everyday, when I can not do it at the same time, like early morning so I will continue looking for extra motivations, maybe someone can come up with ideas for more different badges we can get.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 29
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I’m a new user. I’ve been here for a week and am happy to say I’ve written every day for this week. The description of where the site came from really resonated with me – trying to do morning pages as part of ‘The Artists Way’, trying out blogging etc. I write as part of my job and as a hobby. Having a place to privately journal and collect my thoughts, and a place where I can be scatterbrained for a few minutes, has been really nice for this week. I’ve felt more focused and deliberate in the rest of my work as a result. I really like the badges and the statistics as they give a sense of accomplishment. I’m a proud penguin badge holder, and look forward to my upcoming flamingo… I also didn’t know, until the stats showed me, I’m a faster than average writer. That’s a cool thing to know. Writing is solitary, sometimes even lonely, so having some feedback like the site provides, coupled with the honesty and security that come with having the writing be totally anonymous, that’s a really nice thing. Thanks so much for this site.

Testimonial Note from Nate Hawthorne on Fri, Jul 29
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Improve the writing page

I would like to be able to decide the margins on each side. I go to full screen on my browser and even though I shrink the Safari borders in full screen mode, the text cozys right up to the edge. I’d love a 20 px cushion on each side in this case.

LOVE the site. Thanks… It’s been a helpful tool.

New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Fri, Jul 29