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

1 cup

I believe there is a benefit for doing these pages, but I sure would like some kind of reward. (I think this should be a reward in itself, I hear the wee voice in my head saying) Yes, I am sure. But, what if someone of authority stated that by writing morning pages, one day you will have a novel pop into your head, or you would be able to find that passion that you were looking for, or it would help you succeed in whatever endeavor you are seeking, even Nirvana. Well, I would certainly sit up and pay attention to that! What if he/she said your mind will be cleared, your heart will be open and you will find that essence that have been in your heart all this time, from the day you were conceived and you will meet your ultimate destiny and live a long and fulfilled and prosperous life. Notice I put “long” as I would sure pray for having a while to experience my life. There is so much to learn and do. Yet, I tend to wittle my days away with no specific purpose in mind, just, you know, fudging. Going back to this concept I am trying to articulate, if I found someone like that and I trusted that person then I would be motivated to do these morning pages. I think of people that I have come to admire and love and who I believed in. That would be Doug Olson, my loving minister; Tom Wilhite, PSI’s founder; my wonderful sister Pat; Oprah (Oh I love her passion and drive); Esther Jenkins, my shaman teacher. These trusted ones are gone now, save for Oprah and Esther Jenkins. As far as I know Esther is doing well, running her Shaman Classes. Oprah doesn’t know me, but I have greatly benefitted from her great shows. So, if I could imagine that that one of these marvelous people were to tell me to trust these morning pages and that it would greatly benefit me in the way as I’ve mentioned, I would believe them. So, how do I cross that veil from imagining to reality? I remember Doug saying that we make it up anyway. So, if I had him sitting here he would say, “Donna, I can guarantee you that if you are faithful to writing your 750 words (i.e. morning pages) every day that you will gain enormous knowledge as to what makes you tick. And when you know what makes you tick, you will know your own personal passion, and once you know your own personal passion, you will know your purpose and once you know your purpose you will do that which will benefit all of humankind and once you do that you will have a long fulfilled and prosperous life!” Wow, that is what he would say. Granted and assuming all is true. But, you know what? I get this. Because I already know that the more I write the more I understand myself. I KNOW this. I just answered my own question…with the help of all my beloved angels, including Margo, my dog, who loved me as I am. I am so blessed I truly am. Maybe I don’t need the angst of not knowing, because I do. Well, what do you say to that – I am my own best Guru!

Testimonial Note from Donna Wallace on Thu, Feb 23
1 cup

I was skeptical at first, but after missing a day of writing I’ve found myself in serious ‘brain-dump’ withdrawal and have since discovered that 750 words isn’t just an app- it’s a total lifestyle change. After completing an entry, I feel exuberant for having shared my thoughts to absolutely noone except myself- and feel like my state of mind is all the better for it. My writing seems to be simultaneously getting more interesting and exciting, and every day I look forward to purging my activities on 750Words!

Testimonial Note from Jay Hirschfeld on Wed, Feb 22
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Yeah, more badges. The ones you have are great, but they aren’t enough for those of us devoted to this site. I’ll think of a few and get back to you.

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Feb 22
1 cup
More text analysis

Keep the writing simple and keep the stats coming!

New Feature Vote from Sally 4orth on Wed, Feb 22
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I like that I am able to customize colors on my writing page- but the green boxes aren’t color changable which makes me nuts, and makes my page look silly when my own colors don’t match. I want the entire page to be color-coordinated please. Thanks!!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Feb 22
1 cup

I am so glad to have found this site. It is exactly what I need to get some of that surplus of words out of my brain and into a searchable form. It is helping me record family memories for the next generation, and is actually helping me remember things I have almost forgotten. Many thanks for creating this site.

Testimonial Note from Brenda Sharpe on Tue, Feb 21
4 cups

Some days, I write down whatever’s on my mind, even if it was the same self-loathing nonsense as yesterday. Some days, I plan ahead, doing my best to figure out what my future will hold. Some days… some days I write a story about kids fighting zombies on a playground.

No matter what, I can write whatever I’m feeling. Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Jesse Bowline on Mon, Feb 20
1 cup

Apart from kickstarting me into finally tackling my novel, my touch typing speed has gone up from about nothing to about 40 wpm and this without any formal classes or training of any kind! I’m a fairly decent touch typist now, no longer a hunt-and-pecker!

Testimonial Note from Derry Cooke on Sun, Feb 19
1 cup
The option to write more than one note per day, on different topics

I would love the option to do multiple notes on any given day, so that I could have one set of notes that is a journal and other sets that are for writing works in progress. I would happily pay for this feature. Thanks so much for a lovely site, I’m really loving it and would use it even more if there was an easy way to distinguish my fiction from my journaling.

Even if you can’t make this happen, I still appreciate the site a great deal and thank you for your efforts :)

New Feature Request Note from Joanna on Sun, Feb 19
1 cup

In this note, Buster, I thank you for your initial and continuing efforts on this marvelous site that helps me so much every morning for the last 22 months! I pray, I record dreams, I generate thought, and I accumulate cool stickers. Love it! Here’s hoping it will help me as I move through dissertation field research into dissertation chapter writing.
Carol in upstate NY

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Feb 19
1 cup

I love 750 Words. It’s as simple as that. I am getting the writing training I need to tackle my daily writing projects. It’s like scales to a pianist.

I’d even say I am addicted. I want to write and feel so pleased when I have written my daily dose. One day recently, I got so sidetracked and was so tired that I forgot to write. The moment I opened my eyes the next morning, I thought, “Oh no, I forgot 750 Words yesterday.” I was upset. It was like missing out on a piece of my favorite chocolate.

I could write in a word processing tool on my computer, true. But I like the little counter that helps me build and shape a nice little story each day. And I like the animal badges I get as rewards. Buying a cup of patronage was the next obvious step. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Karen Mardahl on Fri, Feb 17
1 cup

Writing 750 words every day was such a difficult thing when I first started. But now, I write more than two thousand words almost every day. By writing so much each day, my ability to write has greatly improved. When papers are assigned for my classes, they seem much less daunting than they seemed before I started journaling every day. 2500 word paper? No problem! I have gotten so much better at organizing my thoughts clearly and concisely, just by writing my thoughts stream of conscious every day.

Testimonial Note from Lucius Sergius Catilina on Fri, Feb 17
3 cups

I started writing morning pages aged 18 when my parental guardian left a copy of The Artists Way in my bedroom. When notebooks became scarce I started writing on a word processor, but it never occurred to me to scale down the amount I was writing — I would still write 3 pages a day, only in 10pt font! Until I found this site it never even crossed my mind that I was writing about 3 times what I needed to, and getting confused trying to “fill” that space and taking up to 2 hours a day to do so! This site has revitalised my waning relationship with morning pages, and the additional textual analysis aspect is just an amazing, illuminating feature.

Morning pages got me through some VERY tough spots of the last decade and combines that basic tool with much a deeper, technology-based approach to self-reflection.

Absolutely love it and glad I stumbled on the site.
Testimonial Note from Kayden on Fri, Feb 17
3 cups

Great project, looking forward to reading more about progress.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kayden on Fri, Feb 17
1 cup

I am working towards my first 30 day badge. This site has shown me what exactly my writing pattern is and on what day I will give up. The answer: 1 out of 5 days I will write and then I will start again. The game is just to write consistently for a month. And, to plan my novel to write in November.

Testimonial Note from Amy Waterman on Thu, Feb 16
1 cup

I have just joined this site. It was mentioned in a newsletter I received this morning and I just logged in to have a look around. I am a person who writes quite a lot – but not as much or as often as I ought to. I get blocked, I lose faith in myself. Often, I am my own worst enemy. Now, though, I am utterly determined to get to grips with my infernal ‘internal editor’ and I very much like the idea of doing it in the compay of others who share the same highs and lows. Being a writer is the very best thing – but sometimes it is also the hardest. Thank you for providing this opportunity. I shall endeavour to make the most of it.

Testimonial Note from Abigail Wyatt on Wed, Feb 15
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m ashamed to admit it but those badges have me addicted. The value I get out of writing every day is amazing but without those badges I would never have lasted as long as I have. More please!

New Feature Vote from Priya Chandra on Tue, Feb 14
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Allow the option to set a short (150 characters? 200?) topic to guide our writing for each day. Topics could be planned for any day in the future, and for the current day. The daily reminder e-mail would prominently display your chosen topic for the day, which would also be at the top of the writing page, where it could be further edited and refined. Topics would be stored for past days as title headers for each day’s words.

New Feature Vote from Carl Polley on Tue, Feb 14
2 cups

Before 750 words, I just thought about being a writer. I would read about writing, talk to writers and jot down notes for future stories. Everything- ideas, images and language- was all there but I lacked a platform and the inspiration to make it happen. Not anymore. 750 words is the platform and the badges (me, a Phoenix, wow!) along with seeing my work in front of me are my inspiration. Thanks to Buster, Mario and everyone else involved for this site which has allowed me to make that dream a reality.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Johnson on Tue, Feb 14
1 cup

writing clears the cobwebs out of my head when i leave them on the computer screen … they soar up into ‘the cloud’ and my mind is quiet and empty. so glad that this site exists.

Testimonial Note from Maude May on Tue, Feb 14
1 cup

I learned about 750 Words from Cathy Day. Decided to give it a whirl and cranked out 879 words. Not being sure if they were saved or not, I went to copy and hit cut of course… wouldn’t you know it. This may not sound inspiring, but maybe it was ordained or something like that… I’ll be back as soon as I finish this cup of coffee…

Testimonial Note from Ted Strutz on Tue, Feb 14
2 cups

Started again the one month challenge this month of Feb 2012. It is nice to feel I can do it again.
Feel inspired again.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Mon, Feb 13
2 cups

Just passing it on. Thanks so much. Hxxx

Double Down on Charity Note from Helen Middleton on Sun, Feb 12
1 cup

750 words has allowed me to discover that I can write every day, all it takes is the promise of a spot on the ‘amazing’ wall, and the threat of a spot on the ‘shame’ wall. Oh and a few badges as well. Who knew it was as simple as that!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Syme on Sun, Feb 12
3 cups

I love writing every day, and 750 Words makes it effortlessly easy. The daily reminders are very helpful, and the ability to track key metrics of my writing makes the exploration of thought much more insightful.

Testimonial Note from Tanner Christensen on Sun, Feb 12
1 cup

I have been using your site to help me overcome the writer’s block that I have had around writing my dissertation. I am a single mother with a middle schooler who needs a lot of help with his homework. He is very smart, but does not write down his thoughts. I spend immense amounts of my own energy helping him to write his thoughts down and then I used to not have the energy to write my dissertation.

I started coming to your site at 5am every morning and writing about my emotions around my dissertation and what is blocking me. Now I am mostly writing the vignettes that will be a part of my dissertation and book on your site.

I want to support 826, because it is something like what my son really needs. I am sure there are many children who do not feel comfortable writing down their thoughts and fully expressing themselves. I cannot afford a private tutor, so I hope to be able to find something like 826 for my child. He would become a better writer through this, I know he will over time anyway, and I will finish my dissertation and a book.

BTW, I am becoming more patient with my son and his homework as I make more progress on my own project, too.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kim Munoz on Sun, Feb 12
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lotte Stowe on Sat, Feb 11
1 cup

As something that I just did on and off when i first started, to something that I have been doing everyday now for 44 days. It may not seem like alot, but it has changed my routine, I normally do my words at night, and helps me off load things that have been going on, allowing much more restful nights. I can’t really imagine missing a day. Also, has allowed me to be much more creative, as I turn over ideas in my head for a different projects, I know have somewhere to writing those ponderings, without feeling like any of them have to be good. So, as someone that loves writing, I love this site!

Testimonial Note from Emily Smith on Sat, Feb 11
1 cup
A better mobile site

Seems like a popular one!

New Feature Vote from Brandy Blackshear on Sat, Feb 11
1 cup
Improve the homepage

I would love for the sign-in buttons to appear on the front page, rather than requiring me to click through.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 11