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 two sons (Niko and Louie) 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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A friend recently introduced me to this website and so far I’ve found it extremely helpful for staying motivated to get up each morning and have a goal to work towards, first thing. While not the only tool I use for writing, it has already payed for itself in terms of the sketching and inspiration I’ve drawn from it.

Testimonial Note from Nathan Hall on Tue, Oct 25
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As someone who struggles mightily with ADD,, its badges and monthly challenges provide motivation for me to impose some structure on my own life and my daily writings keep me more focused and engaged in that life. It has been a godsend. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Scott Anthony on Sun, Oct 23
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Alex Shchedrin on Sat, Oct 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Tangney on Sat, Oct 22
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No auto lock while writing a note of inspiration

I was just writing a rather detailed feature request and lost it when 750 words locked itself :-(

New Feature Request Note from Paul Hollingdrake on Sat, Oct 22
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Go dark

Invert the colours so that it’s white/orange text on black background. It strains the eye less when typing in a darkroom and apparently black is more energy saving. Go dark: Save my eyes, save the world.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 21
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I’m nearing 200 days of writing 750 Words, and honestly, I don’t think I’ve been able to do something like this, consistently, for so long. The One Month Challenges are particularly motivating – it’s just a month, it made me think, but after doing it once, I couldn’t stop. And even though the badges are just pixels on a computer – they don’t have any monetary value – it still gives me a sense of accomplishment.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Tiffany T. on Fri, Oct 21
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After five years of working hard at a weekly newspaper, I was all out of fiction ideas and didn’t think I’d ever be able to return to fiction. Wrong! has helped me more than I ever would have predicted — and now I’m outlining a project for NaNoWriMo, a project I hope to publish as an e-book in early to mid-December. So thanks a ton,! You’ve been fantastic for me.

Testimonial Note from Suzi Steffen on Fri, Oct 21
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More badges for accomplishments

Some sort of recommitment badge after a lapse? Maybe after 10 days of work post-lapse? (Not that I’m saying this because I did that or anything. ;) )

New Feature Vote from Suzi Steffen on Fri, Oct 21
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I am currently on my 19th straight day of the October challenge. I have written for many years but never daily for this many days in a row. The most significant thing I have noticed about me since I began this challenge is how easily I let my emotions get in the way of my writing goals. The reward for following through has been that I am beginning to discover patterns of thought, themes I wasn’t aware of and that’s an exciting breakthrough. I may try writing at the same time each day for the duration of this month, see if I am able to discover anything else about me, or my work. Thank you 750 words for making it so interesting [love the stats] to help my writing along. It’s definitely been a challenge for me to get here everyday, also, to just let the words rip across the page without concern for how it looks or sounds. Both of which are helping to open up my mind.

Testimonial Note from Leslie Goden on Thu, Oct 20
1 cup has really helped me find my voice, and also work through some issues. This has been a great exercise, and I highly recommend it for anyone.

Testimonial Note from Grant Totten on Wed, Oct 19
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750 Words has been incredibly therapeutic to my mental health as well as helpful in progressing my writing skill-set. I’m able to think through things weighing on my mind much more easily through writing (so I’ve figured out) and it’s been a real value to me as I’ve thought through some pretty major life changes over the last year. I do enjoy writing as well and always strive to improve upon that skill and by merely encouraging me to write (good or bad) 750 Words is making me a better writer.

I wrote a bit more here on my blog if you’re interested:

Thanks Buster and 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Matt Reich on Wed, Oct 19
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Double Down on Charity Note from R Grant on Wed, Oct 19
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I use 750 words to journal about my academic work, which is very useful way to get over blank-page syndrome and develop my ideas.

Testimonial Note from R Grant on Wed, Oct 19
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I started out wanting to use 750 Words to do a short writing prompt every morning to prepare myself to work on longer fiction. However, the features that tell you about your mood and concerns are so accurate, so revealing, and so interesting, that I almost immediately switched to journaling. Even without the features that explicate my feelings, journaling has been really good for me, especially since I’m going through sort of a turbulent time in my life. It forces me to examine what’s actually happening in my life, and why it’s making me feel the way I’m feeling, and even what I’m feeling. The addiction of the features that tell me things like “you’re more affectionate than usual” or “you’re very concerned about success” takes it one step further so that I’m even more aware of what’s on my mind and how I can level my thinking. It’s like a hyper-smart diary and it’s helping me understand myself better every day.

Testimonial Note from Ginny DiGuiseppi on Tue, Oct 18
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Eric Legg on Mon, Oct 17
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Love this site, it is inspirational, and it is great to acquire a discipline. I try to keep motivated and I need to find a way to not forget on weekends…. any idea…?
Ana IS

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Sun, Oct 16
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More badges for accomplishments

I vote for more badges on the way, between 30 and 100 days, and between 200 and 365 days… maybe one badge at 250 would be nice,,,, who knows, I like the motivation of the badges.,, since i usually want to collect all the ones that you offer

New Feature Vote from Ana Sofia iS on Sun, Oct 16
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I started using 750 Words in July of 2010, wrote for 185 days, forgot one day in February 2011 and quit. I picked it back up this month because I’m now in grad school working toward an MFA in poetry, and 750 Words gives me the “permission” to write crap for the 12 minutes a day it takes me to pound out 750 words (I usually write more than 1,000). I’ve stopped worrying about speed, quantity, word choice. I just write. I’m not competing with anyone, not even myself. But I love this private place where I can think about why the word “noodle” wants to be in a poem about teen pregnancy. Thank you, thank you.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Marie on Sat, Oct 15
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Heather Lawson on Fri, Oct 14
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More badges for accomplishments

I would like there to be something for all times accomplishes… I mean, if I have finished one monthly challenge, I should have the sheepish stallion as my icon, and not an egg, simply because I happened to miss one day.
I also prefer a pegasus over pterodactyl, so much it will make it difficult to write on day 199… could we choose the badge shown for us?

New Feature Vote from Ketutar Jensen on Fri, Oct 14
1 cup

Delighted to see the introduction of the “Schedule time off” feature.

I had been wondering and worrying about what would happen if I decided to take a holiday somewhere where there wasn’t internet access as I am determined to head for the full year and beyond.

Thanks for listening to the feature requests!

Testimonial Note from Chris Limb on Fri, Oct 14
1 cup must be goddess inspired.. truly has helped me feel more grounded after only 2 days of writing!! Humble thanks for this service and Bless you!

Testimonial Note from Marva Jackson Lord on Thu, Oct 13
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Double Down on Charity Note from Emily Daniels on Thu, Oct 13
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Emily Daniels on Thu, Oct 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Emily Daniels on Thu, Oct 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Laura Gjovaag on Wed, Oct 12
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750 words has allowed me spill my thoughts onto the page like a bunch of puzzle pieces and better organize them so that I am able to accurately articulate what I am thinking. Additionally it helped me in my English class when I got the fictional and non-existent case of “writers-block”. If I kept writing something on the paper, I would eventually get some good ideas out. The only thing I really had to do was sort through what was actually pertinent.

Testimonial Note from Kyle Hunt on Tue, Oct 11
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Improve the writing page

Love you love the site.
I’d like to have more, easier to use, formatting options (CTL-B for bold, CTL-I italics etc.) the ability to insert hyperlinks and pictures?

New Feature Vote from Bart Childers on Tue, Oct 11
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Denis Semenov on Tue, Oct 11