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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One Month Challenge Bounty from Lisa Elkins on Sat, Jul 02
1 cup

I can’t believe how much my mood and outlook has improved since starting to use this site. I sit down every day and write – mostly to work on my novel, though there are smaller projects as well – and the words just flow out of me as I strive to reach my goal. I can honestly say that it’s because of this site that I have 25,000 words of my novel written.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Elkins on Sat, Jul 02
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More badges for accomplishments

The badges are great goals to work towards, and they keep me going.

New Feature Vote from Lisa Elkins on Sat, Jul 02
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Well, after some very major changes in my life (including a move to a new community) and a 177 day streak, I am back to the ‘egg’ stage! In a way, it is refreshing to begin again, and returning to my ‘words’ brings me a sense of comfort and a feeling of being at home in the midst of so much that is new. As always, thank a bunch Buster – it is good to be back – a few days away seemed like forever!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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Buster Benson Center for Kids who Can't Write Good and Want to Learn how to do Other Stuff Good Too.

Buster Benson is changing lives with this site, so perhaps we can all pitch in with donations of plaster, wiring, 2×4′s, cement, and any other random articles of construction that may assist Mugatu in making the Buster Benson Center at least………..3 times larger and not a center for ants.

New Feature Request Note from Tyler A. Stevens on Sat, Jul 02
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A text message at 11pm

Anyone who has not written by 11pm would get a text message reminding them to do their 750. An email works for people who check it. Please consider those of us who do not. Maybe you’d have to start sending out messages at 10pm, that’s fine – it’s still a reminder.

New Feature Request Note from Sullena Writer on Sat, Jul 02
1 cup

I am grateful to 750 words for giving me a venue (and badges!) for writing daily. Instead of thinking “One day I will write this story”, now I sit down and do it. And now I’m off to continue my streak!

Testimonial Note from Sabine on Sat, Jul 02
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being able to export text to Word as well as Notepad
New Feature Request Note from Miruna Stanica on Sat, Jul 02
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Exporting choices

Writers can choose to export their writings either in MS Word form, text files or other acceptable formats

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
1 cup

Writing the morning pages has enabled me to clear my head so that I can better focus on what I need to do for the rest of the day. It also provided me a way to record the activities from the previous day, and enabled me to more quickly find the areas that require attention or improvements.

Testimonial Note from Andrew Borloz on Sat, Jul 02
1 cup

Because of this site I’m able now to get those feelings that have been weighing on my mind out in a safe and private environment. It’s quite a release to let go of the stress and then move on with the rest of my day. I’ve written on other other site before but this site gives you what you need. Sometimes you just need a blank page where you can let your mind wander. I’m thankful for this site. I wish I had found it sooner.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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I could type away my thoughts all day sometimes. Just typing and thinking what’s in my head and then dumping it all here is such a cathartic sensation. I look forward to coming to this site and expressing my feelings in the privacy of my account. It may be the booze talking, but I love you, man!

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Jul 02
1 cup

750words has helped me not yell at the people in my life when I’m frustrated, but instead put my words on the page. Yes, because of this site, the house I live in is a little happier! I am SO SO GRATEFUL to Buster Benson for this site. I’ve bought $8 worth of cups of patronage, and I have a feeling I’ll be donating a lot more.

Fun Fact: I’ve told my permaculture nerd friend Sabrina about it, and she said, “750words illustrates a perfect permaculture principle. Obtain a yield!” This means we must get immediate rewards to sustain us in our work.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Fri, Jul 01
3 cups

I just finished my first One Month Challenge! This has helped me discipline myself into writing on a daily basis. I write on my good days, my bad days, my energetic days, and my lazy days. There is always something to write, something to discover, something to release from within. I look forward to another successful challenge!

One Month Challenge Bounty from D.C. on Fri, Jul 01
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For a person whose favorite outlet is writing, 750words.com has become an essential part of my day. Although there are times when I feel as though I do not have much to write, I always prove myself wrong once I sit down and start. I use this website to clean up my stream of consciousness, to let go of all the negativity and take with me all the positiveness I can.

Testimonial Note from D.C. on Fri, Jul 01
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Well Yesterday June 30th has been the 4th Month I have been writing everyday and it feels so good, and I am really proud of myself.
My fingers run through the keyboard happy and free, and no one has anything to say about what I write since it is only for myself. Good feeling… I would like more badges for motivation, though, since now sometimes I forget early in the morning to write and until my fingers tell me… it is when I remember… Thanks for this site… and keep improving it… Patron Ana Sofia iS

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Holly Becker on Fri, Jul 01
4 cups

I have always feel overwhelmed by the thoughts that charge through my mind. 750 words provides me with space to free this noise from inside my head, and allow me to explore my hopes and fears safely. Thanks to 750 words, I have become addicted to writing. I now keep a regular blog on urban animism and spirituality, and am in the process of writing a book on the topic.

Thank you 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Emma-Jayne Saanen on Fri, Jul 01
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Camp NanoWriMo Badge

Now that they have Camp NanoWriMo, how about making a badge for those that participate in that as well as NaNoWriMo.

New Feature Request Note from Kathryn Miner on Fri, Jul 01
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This site has really helped me get along with writing my book. At least three pages a day speeds things up fantastically; now I’m not just writing a couple of sentences every other day! Thanks so much!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 01
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I love this website. It has help me get my writer’s voice back. Every day I write a piece of flash fiction—a lot of it is crap—but once in awhile I mine a piece of gold. 750 words—keeps me from getting stuck in the crap and from being blinded by the gold.

Testimonial Note from Mik Scully on Fri, Jul 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Cara Wood on Fri, Jul 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Cara Wood on Fri, Jul 01
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More text analysis

Would be great if you could set this to the type of writing you are doing. Currently it seems to cater to journal writers but it would be great to get feedback on fiction writing (I’d love one that points out an over use of adverbs or makes sure you stay in the same verb tense)

New Feature Vote from Cara Wood on Fri, Jul 01
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An iPhone/iPad app

I love using this site and there are times when I need to use my iPhone/iPad to do my words. I would love to see an app for this site.

New Feature Vote from Kristen Grainer on Fri, Jul 01
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Thanks for the site, it is most enlightening. I hope you all are inspired and support.

Double Down on Charity Note from Joshua Gauthier on Fri, Jul 01
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Daily Questions.

Sometimes I, and I imagine others, have a difficult time coming up with 750 words each and every day. A daily question or survey feature could help.

One way would be to have a topic of the day, similar to Plinky. The topic could be anything.

Another idea, could be a daily survey of sorts. There could be a list of a few (self created) questions that you answer each day. For example, ‘How did school/work go’, ‘what did you eat for breakfast’, or ‘how much time did you waste watching tv today’.

There could be a list of default questions along with user submitted questions or even your own personalized questions. This feature would be really helpful on those days when we get a mental block, but really want to continue our writing streak.

New Feature Request Note from Peter Tangney on Thu, Jun 30
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges are what is keeping me going on the site. I don’t know if I could have made 62 days in a row without these “badges of inspiration”, as I refer to them.

The more badges, the better. A badge for writing at least 1000 words per day could be cool.

New Feature Vote from Peter Tangney on Thu, Jun 30
8 cups

Let’s go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Elizabeth Wendy on Thu, Jun 30