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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An iPhone/iPad app

This would be AWESOME!!! and so helpful for me, as an addicted iphone user. please add this feature!

New Feature Vote from Abi Weissman on Sat, Apr 02
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m definitely an externally motivated person and I’d love to see the badges continue to amass (to continue to give me something to strive for.)

New Feature Vote from Heather Summers on Fri, Apr 01
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I’m a struggling college student (in more ways than one) and writing nightly has helped me deal with the struggles I’m facing in my daily life. (I used to have a therapist I saw weekly. Now I kvetch in my words and work through my problems visually, which works amazingly well for me.)

Of course, the badges help make the practice extra fun. (I’m challenging myself to write more than 750 words a day so I can get to my flock badge faster. :) )

Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Heather Summers on Fri, Apr 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Blake Stokes on Fri, Apr 01
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Thanks for all the good work you guys are doing!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel Lee on Fri, Apr 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Fri, Apr 01
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Writing every day for ONE Month now on March, has helped me to improve my writing, finding my style and my typing and it is like therapy, it also calms me down…. It is like listening to myself a lot better, by listening to my mind Thanks

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Apr 01
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After 160 days straight, I had to miss a day due to a power cut, meaning I plummeted back down to 0 – but Buster soon fixed that for me, and here I am back a the top. Thank you so much for that, and for the site as a whole, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sam Healer on Fri, Apr 01
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I discovered this site in january, and now i completed my second month… and starting the third. I didn’t imagine I could do it… :-D

Testimonial Note from elena uffa on Fri, Apr 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Rob Ben on Fri, Apr 01
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These past couple of months, I have been going through my first truly heart-wrenching breakup. 750 words has been my diary and trust-worthy companion throughout. 750 words every day for the past two months is easy as pie. You can do it!!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer L. on Fri, Apr 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I would suggest badges for 1/2 million (3X flock), 1 million (4x flock), and 5 million words (All the birds in the world)

New Feature Vote from Rob Ben on Fri, Apr 01
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I use 750 to help me work on my creative writing every night. The analysis is a fun, no-pressure feed back. It encourages me to write without making me feel like I’m having my writing examined before it’s ready. Great stuff!

Testimonial Note from Hollie on Fri, Apr 01
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Getting kids to read and write? Yes please!

Double Down on Charity Note from Hollie on Fri, Apr 01
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More badges for accomplishments

Might be fun to have a badge for going above and beyond your 750 minimum a few days.

New Feature Vote from Hollie on Fri, Apr 01
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Did you know that since I started, I have increased my writing output by a bajillion? It may seem like a gross exaggeration, but the truth is this: without this site, I probably wouldn’t have come up with ideas for the poems and stories that I write.
This site is amazing. I love how I don’t even need the badges to motivate me anymore (although they are nice!). What a great site. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Erin D'Amelio on Fri, Apr 01
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I’m a procrastinating waster full of excuses and forever planning to do great things once I’ve got everything in place. That never happens, I beat myself up, vow to take action and then I just do the same thing all over again…… but, something weird has happened, I found this strange little website and somehow someway I’ve written 750 words every single day for over a month now. I always said that one day I would get in the habit of writing everyday and now it seems I have. Maybe, just maybe I’m not such a procrastinating waster after all. It’s April 1st but Busters no fool, he’s some kind of genius. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Neil Hawkesford on Fri, Apr 01
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I have just successfully finished my first One-Month-Challenge and I have a promise to keep that I made to myself. While I said I would treat myself to dinner at a french restaraunt I’ve been dying to try if I finished the challenge, I said if I didn’t I would donate five dollars to 750 words. Well, I’m donating eight, as a debt of gratitude. If it weren’t for the encouragement of this site, I would not have begun to write every day. I would still be writing whenever the mood hit me, or inspiration struck. That’s no way to practice. A good writer shouldn’t write sporadically. It took me six years to finish a first draft novel writing sporadically, and now I’m two thousand words into a new project. Why? Because it’s everyday! Every single day, I make sure that I’m at my computer writing even if it’s nothing more than rambling, which let’s face it sometimes is going to be. But every now and then, I’ll babble my way into a good piece, and then 750 words later I don’t want to stop. That’s what this site has done for me, and I couldn’t be more appreciative. I’ve never felt more like a writer than I do now, able to say I have written 750 words everyday this month. Thank you, buster. This site is the best!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Marshburn on Thu, Mar 31
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Today, I reached two landmarks in my personal 750 Words history: I finished one year of writing on the site and I have written just over 300,000 words in that time. Yay for me! ;o) And when that critical little voice comes up and tells me what an undisciplined person I am, I can point to my landmarks and say “Na na na na na, that’s not true!” Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Mar 31
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I have been writing these words for approximately eight months. At first I took the challenge and wrote every day, until I got all the bagdes I wanted. After that I loosened up and started writing when I needed it or felt like it. This means I’m mostly an egg nowadays, but that’s okay with me :-D

I enjoy the words, because they support both my creative processes and my preference to be in flow. Writing cleans my mind, brings my truth to the surface, allows me to work through problems, allows me to appreciate what I have and am.

This page has brought so much good to my life, a sustained kind of creativity and a sense of being creative in a community.


Testimonial Note from Marie D. Tiger on Thu, Mar 31
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Yesterday I got my double flock badge, and this morning I am a pterodactyl! Tomorrow I will complete another month challenge! Who would have guessed virtual badges could be so motivating?
750words has turned me into a regular writer. I never think about whether to write or what I’ll write – I only think about when. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Wed, Mar 30
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I could never get in the habit of writing every day until I found 750 words—and all because I get neat little badges and a check mark every day!
Thanks you!

Testimonial Note from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Tue, Mar 29
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I am so thankful to 750words. Over the past few days it has revolutionized not only my ability to clear my mind, or focus on a particular subject, but the phenomenal direction that it gives my days. Who would’ve known that by disciplining myself like this I would have more focused energy for wherever I was going to apply myself later.
I am now encouraging every slightly creative person, every writer, and every person I am close to to use 750words.
Thank you so much for this great gift!

Testimonial Note from Natalia Toronchuk on Tue, Mar 29
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I love this site. It is such a powerful tool for sorting out things that are bugging me. I give myself 375 words to complain about how everything is falling apart and how exactly my life is failing, then 375 words to figure out solutions.

By the time I reach 750 words, I’m more optimistic and have a plan. A PLAN!

Thank you, 750words, for helping me help myself.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Mar 29
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I let my morning pages go for a few months, and my life suffered, so now I’m back to doing them, and it’s really helping me. I use them for thinking through problems from all parts of my life – work, home, hobbies, relationships. This is really such a great service, Buster – it’s changed my life!

I was happy to see the 250k words badge – gave me yet another accomplishment. Now I need to get the 100 days in a row badge – I fell about 12 days short on my last run – just forgot to do the morning pages one day! And my latest personal challenge – do 1,000 words every day. (I don’t know if there’s a badge for that yet.)

Testimonial Note from Nils Davis on Mon, Mar 28
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Wow! 250,000 words! I am amazed, thrilled, and surprised. Mostly though, I am so very grateful to for the opportunity to practice a bit of self-discipline everyday.

Testimonial Note from Steve Ellis on Mon, Mar 28
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Double Down on Charity Note from Melissa Shearer on Sun, Mar 27
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In celebration of my Pterodactyl badge, I’ve decided to take a moment and leave a short note about how important 750words has become to my workflow.

I am a graduate student working on a dissertation in philosophy. I am the sort of person who needs to write to think. In some of my earlier work, this meant writing endless drafts of papers as I worked out my ideas. This was cumbersome though, as I wrote as if I were writing a paper, and so held myself back from more aggressive claims, worried a lot about sentence structure, etc. The whole point of the exercise was to think, not to write and that processed confused the two.

Writing my Daily 750 has been very helpful precisely because it allows me to distinguish these. When I write about an idea I have, a paper I’ve read, a problem I’ve encountered, or a teaching question I’m wrestling with, I can write freely and unencumbered by style. I write to work out ideas, and getting into the habit of doing this every day has helped me develop ideas that might have been lost on a scrap of paper before, and helped me clarify my positions and arguments before committing them to a chapter draft.

So I raise a cup (or six!) to 750words and to another 200 day streak!

Testimonial Note from Jeff Maynes on Sun, Mar 27
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Sun, Mar 27
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A few days ago, I finally got my pterodactyl badge. I was so happy about that. I’d never imagined that I’d be able to stick with something for so long. It’s not like me.

Yesterday, I spaced out, my pterodactyl went extinct and I now find myself back to being an egg. Frustrated? I probably should be, but it actually doesn’t bother me. What I’ve gotten from the site, it goes beyond these badges and it can never be lost, it can never be reset like my streak. The progress has been real, and I plan on sticking with it for a long time to come.

To Buster, I say thanks for giving us such a great tool of self-discovery. To all my fellow users, I say stick with it. To the people who are still dinosaurs, I say keep at it and look out for meteors! And to my pterodactyl, I say, ‘see you again someday, buddy.’ =)

Testimonial Note from David Habib on Sat, Mar 26