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’ve been trying for the past year to develop a habit of writing because my writing so often is sporadic and unfocused. Then I found this site and it is a great motivator to start writing every day; After writing a few paragraphs I start getting into a groove and my thoughts pour out of my head much more quickly. I love 750words!

Testimonial Note from Clare Stock on Thu, Dec 01
4 cups

I have some of the talent but none of the dedication required to be a writer. This site is helping me develop both. It’s brilliant, it’s become a part of my daily life and it’s helping me pursue something I’ve always loved on a really fundamental level. Thankyou, dude. The minute I get a few spare dollars together I’ll donate.

Testimonial Note from Lucy H-H on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup
Improved archive downloading & a Fiction Badge

Features I’d like to see implemented:

I’d like paragraphing in the txt files that one downloads of a month’s entries. It might be nice, also, to implement txt downloads of single entries.

Also, since it appears a lot of people besides myself use 750words for fiction, how about a badge for writing fiction, based on use of the metatag FICTION?

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 01
4 cups

Completed NaNoWriMo, and am heading into my 4th month of writing. Thank you for everything that you have given me and others!

Double Down on Charity Note from Leslie Stewart on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

I’ve been trying this site out to see if it would be useful for authors (and would-be authors). I was surprised and gratified by how much good stuff I wrote. After completing the November challenge I’ve blogged about 750words - and why I think it might be useful to fiction writers - on my official author site, A Truant Disposition:

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

The November Challenge was the push I needed to get back into the groove of writing fiction again. I cannot thank you enough for your daily nudges, which reminded me to write. Eventually I didn’t need the daily nudges, but I continued to request for them to come to me via e-mail just to make sure I kept writing daily top of mind.
I published a post about my experience on my blog, Two Writing Teachers. Here’s the link to it:
Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!

Testimonial Note from Stacey Shubitz on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup
Single Skip Day

I would love-love-love to be able to buy a cup of patronage and apply it towards a single missed day, once a month. I lost November’s challenge after writing 5,000 words and forgetting to paste it into 750words, and man, if I could have patronaged to cover that lone day, that would’ve been great. Would also work to cover for random internet outages and such, too.

New Feature Request Note from Ty Barbary on Thu, Dec 01
10 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Kim Carter on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

They say it takes 3 or 4 weeks to form a new habit… which is just about the right amount of time for a one month challenge. So… a great way to get into the habit of writing something everyday.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Definitely more badges!! They are a great incentive to keep writing every day.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

Yesterday I completed my first November Challenge, and my sixth NaNoWriMo. 750words gave me the drive to do both. Without this site I would never have completed the new manuscript now lying in my hard drive, and I would have let pesky little things like trips abroad and moving home get in the way. But because of the daily reminders, badges, and stats which I was determined to keep up I found wifi spots across the world, and wrote in coaches, cars and airplanes to make sure that I could complete the challenge.

Thank you 750words!

Testimonial Note from Katherine Chandler on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup
A better mobile site

Yes, definitely something mobile. I shudder to think of the day when I might not have wireless access and I need to try posting from my smartphone…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

Love using 750words! The badges are a seemingly small thing, but they sure do give incentive! It’s a brilliant idea and I’m just waiting to see if something appears after the Space Bird…

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

Drink from the cup of life: creativity.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amy LaBonte on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

Thank you again. 750 words helps me clear my head, write down dreams, interpret them, talk to characters, kick the Censor out the door, remind me I need to write it out…

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Thu, Dec 01
2 cups

I just finished my second consecutive and successful monthly challenge, and I’ve written well over 100,000 words since I started. Now my favorite part of my day is when I sit down to write my 750. As someone who has struggled literally for decades with the difficulties of writing every day, this is a tremendous achievement. A big shout out of thanks to Buster for his great work on building this site, and the community of writers it supports! I love the beautiful simplicity of the writing page, my tabla rasa, which looks to my eye to be enticing and full of promise, instead of a fearsome burden to overcome. I’ve learned how to just write, to turn off the internal critic, to get the words and thoughts out of my head, through my fingertips, and onto the page, quickly and honestly.

Testimonial Note from Neil Johnson on Thu, Dec 01
1 cup

Just like to say thanks for the site, it would not have been easy for me to sit down with pen and paper and do this. It has helped keep the black dog away so far this winter, I usually get pretty down around now and lethargic but all that seems to be keeping at self at bay for the first time in years. So thanks to you.

Testimonial Note from James Carlyle on Wed, Nov 30
4 cups

It’s the holiday season but 750 words can help you slow down in a way that’s not always possible this time of year.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Wed, Nov 30
1 cup

In September I was on a roll. Then I missed a day. Then I missed many days. It was about the competition, not the commitment.

In October I was on a roll. Then my wife got hurt, a trip to the ER, then snuggling with the kids, only to realize, at 12:15 am, that I didn’t do my words. Instead of being upset this time I took it as a challenge to complete my words in the morning. Every morning. I finished October 30/31 and with an Early Bird Badge.

In November, well, I added my speedy typist, and I have completed my first month. On my 100th day using Words I hit 47 in a row. And what’s more, I have had a TON of great things happen in my life. I have more focus, more discipline, and feel better about life.

Thank you Buster! A simple app, but life changing. And now a permanent part of my daily routine.

Testimonial Note from Geoff McNeely on Wed, Nov 30
2 cups

Today I finished the November Challenge and yesterday I completed the NaNoWriMo contest. I started writing on 750 words back in February and although I accidentally broke my first major streak at 172 days by opening a window in front of my writing window before I reached 750 for the day and forgot about it, and have since had to claw my way back up to a 101 day streak, I have managed to write at least something every single day since I started. It has been amazing. And writing every day has helped me to realize the other healthy habits I am capable of forming as well. Like tracking food and daily activity and completely reorganizing my office and my life through GTD. 2011 has been a really hard year for me many many ways, but it has also been a really good year. Much of that good started out with you Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Turrell on Wed, Nov 30
1 cup

I just want to say thank you. I had more in me than I realized.

Testimonial Note from Adam Briggs on Wed, Nov 30
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from claudia on Wed, Nov 30
6 cups

Today, I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge. I reached the goal of 50,000 words—one day before the deadline. (Actually, I have 50,107 words. Yay for me!) ;o) I now have a completed manuscript, one that will need editing and rewriting to be sure, but I have a manuscript! And I credit for helping me achieve this goal. Without the daily nudges, badges, incentives and the site, itself, I don’t think I would have had the daily writing habit that I have built over the last 20 months. So thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 29
1 cup
More navigation for reading old posts

I love to read back over old posts now and then to see what a moody cow I can be! I know you can click on the little green boxes to get to old days, but a previous/next entry button would be awesome!

Love the site to bits, thank you! :)

New Feature Request Note from Lardeedah on Tue, Nov 29
2 cups

Tomorrow I get to day 200, and I plan to pass 250,000 words on that day as well. Thank you Buster. I’m surprised at myself, but having something to shoot for like a badge goal makes it all worth it. I love the badges. I love the idea. I love this community. I love this site! I’m in the middle of writing my second book and I know I can finish it because of my stats here. This site has lent structure to a freelancer’s life! And PS. I LOVE HealthMonth too. Thank you for being mindful of meaningful work! You make me want to keep on track with that too.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Mon, Nov 28
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

An iPhone app would be amazing! There have been days where I just can’t get to my computer but I could easily type or dictate my words while commuting. I would really love a voice recognition feature that could do the typing for me. I mean, how great would it be to do my writing while going for a walk? Although, I guess that wouldn’t quite be writing in the true sense… but seeing as how I use this mostly as a journal, it would suit my purposes quite well!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 28
2 cups
Stats Reset Button

I would like to be able to click a button and clear all of my stats, rather than deleting my account. When I first joined 750 words it was on the 2nd day of a month, so for ages I had a little statistic telling me I’d participated in all but 1 day since joining. It just gnawed away at me. I couldn’t stand seeing that I only had 99% participation, when in fact I’d participated in every day since the day I’d joined.
Now, since that time, I’ve been struggling with depression symptoms and actually completely fell off of the November challenge wagon. It hurts me every time I see how low my stats have dropped. Of course, I’d love to keep my badges, but I wouldn’t mind losing them to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
Perhaps it’s just me, but seeing how much I failed in certain areas, makes me feel more discouraged rather than motivated. For me, it would really be nice to just wipe the stats clean and start over. I’m tempted to delete my account to achieve that, but I’m sure that an easier method could be installed.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 28
4 cups

This is to celebrate the fact that I didn’t loose my streak even though we spent Thanksgiving Day and night with NO internet connection.

I “prewrote” my words and trained a friend to post them for me on TG Day. And THIS time it worked!

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Sun, Nov 27
13 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Sun, Nov 27
1 cup
Better Explanation of Categories

First, I love this site so much because it is the first tool that has helped me remain on track. I love the breakdown of categories – affectionate, etc. But I’d love to get so more info — what is about my writing that make me come up affectionate so much even when I think i’m spewing hate onto the page? Why is my predominant sense the sense of touch? As a data whore, I love the categories and the badges, but I would like a little more info behind them so I can see a little more deeply into myself.

New Feature Request Note from Katy Wilkerson Jackson on Sun, Nov 27