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

9 cups

So many times writing my pages ends up being a brain dump of all sorts of odds and ends—memories to save, dreams to record, feelings and emotions (often yucky ones) that just need to be expressed and looked at. And without the discipline of this venue, those things would continue to clog up my thinking and keep me wandering through the processing and reprocessing cycle. Thank you, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 01
1 cup

750 Words has really helped to make a positive change in my life. Writing out my thoughts every day in journal form has helped me to get organized, clear my head and learn to think more positively. It’s fun to check my stats after I write and see how my WPM has improved or see how my mental state is changing day to day. I look forward to writing every day now and I’m eager to beat September’s challenge!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 01
1 cup
Sections for Today's Writing

I’d love to be able to separate types of writing in a single day’s entry. For example, if I write 500 words of fiction, then 300 words of random journal-like babbling in the same day, I’d love to be able to put them in separate categories so that they aren’t lumped together on the same page. Even better if categories can get their stats analyzed independently of other categories, so I can see stats on “fiction” versus “journal”. If the user can define the category (or choose to have only the default single category), so much the better – one could manage various writing projects (short story anthology, ongoing novel, nonfiction project, journal, etc) that way.

New Feature Request Note from Ty Barbary on Wed, Aug 31
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 31
1 cup

I’ve nearly finished one of the one month challenges but after failing my second one I quit writing for the rest of the month. Now, I’m starting again on the September challenge and thus decided to donate to the next bounty pool, as sort of an incentive to continue writing throughough both months. What would be a better way to spend a couple of units of money?

One Month Challenge Bounty from Esa Lakaniemi on Wed, Aug 31
1 cup

why not share? Here is a cup donated to September.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Aug 31
1 cup

Oh my god. I just completed 50,000 words for the month. I woke up this morning with almost 6000 words to go to get to that mark, and then I just did it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have a complete draft of one book, and just wrote half a short story today to get to 50,000. I can honestly say that reaching that magic number on your word counter made me write that much today. I don’t know if I should shout in joy or tell myself that I am a complete idiot for not being able to do this without a crutch. But maybe using this crutch, I will learn to walk.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Aug 31
4 cups
Put streak on hold

I’m going away for the Christmas holidays, and during that period I know I’m definitely not going to be able to write. I know many people have suggested ways of writing offline and then syncing or uploading at a later date, but why not just be able to put a streak ‘on hold’? I really don’t want to have to break my streak because I’m going somewhere where I won’t be able to access the internet or whatnot. And to prevent abuse of the system, maybe it would use one cup of patronage for each day? You do get them from winning monthly challenges after all, yet another incentive to write every day =)

New Feature Request Note from Michele Goh on Wed, Aug 31
1 cup

I sat down and wrote every day in August. I have 35000 words to show for it. Thank you so much for creating a site where I’m free to just write. I’m looking forward to my first official monthly challenge!

Testimonial Note from Kristie Bradfield on Wed, Aug 31
4 cups

I got these cups by completing a monthly challenge, so it only seems right to put them back into the pot for others to partake of.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Mike Rhoads on Tue, Aug 30
2 cups
View current month's rewards/consequences

I know it shows up in reminder emails, but I’ve gotten so into the habit of writing every day that the emails have become more of a nuisance than anything else, so I’ve turned them off. Now I can’t seem to find a place that tells me what I’ve promised myself if I succeed in this month’s challenge =P

New Feature Request Note from Michele Goh on Tue, Aug 30
2 cups

Years ago, I was a freelance journalist whose whole identity and self-worth was wrapped up in being a writer. Eventually, I got burnt out and stopped writing. About a year ago, I had the urge to write again, but always feared that I couldn’t.

Not only that, after spending years surfing the Web, my attention span was shot. It was difficult for me to focus long enough to start and finish any writing project.

It took me less than a month of being on this site to restore my confidence and love of writing. I have proven to myself I can write and I can focus. I feel like I have plugged back into an important part of me that I had neglected for too long. It has changed everything for me.

Not only do I write here, I am working on a non-fiction book, 750 words at a time. Also, my goal is to be ready for NaNoWriMo. Feeling that meaningful sense of accomplishment has also inspired me to start exercising daily as well.

Buster, thank you so very much for creating this site. You have my undying gratitude. Also, thanks to everyone who uses this site and posts notes. It’s been cool sharing this experience with all of you.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Wallace on Tue, Aug 30
1 cup

Twice so far I have been at work blah-blah-blahing away at something while trying to get my fingers moving to get my brain moving when suddenly out of nowhere comes a neat little fiction! One is so-so, the other mind-blowingly good and insightful. So keep at it—if it has not yet happened to you it will! Thank you, 750words, for showing me what’s possible by just typing!

Testimonial Note from Paul Johnston on Tue, Aug 30
3 cups

In celebration of my one year anniversary with 750.words.
Let’s raise a cup of java to Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna Grace Noyes on Sun, Aug 28
10 cups

Are you guys ready for September? It’s going to be my first monthly challenge. I look forward to writing with all of you who are participating.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Wendy Wallace on Sun, Aug 28
1 cup

After just 11 days in a row of writing I already feel the urge to write more often. Consistency counts!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Wendy Way on Sat, Aug 27
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Aug 26
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Thu, Aug 25
5 cups

Thank you, thank you, thank you for fixing my streak count! I am so happy and so relieved that you understood my whole “friday was a really long day and I wrote that day” message. I love this site so much!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Wed, Aug 24
1 cup

750 Words me donnent l’impulsion nécessaire pour réunir mes fumées sur un sujet un peu précis, verba volant, ça vole, ça s’oublie… en écrivant, ça atterit, ça reste, ça germe, ça pousse !
merci !

Testimonial Note from prospero on Mon, Aug 22
2 cups

I really love writing and have lots of ideas, but I lack the motivation to sit down and write all the time. It’s really baffling what getting animal badges and having a recorded number of days in a row can do, but it’s gotten me really motivated and I hope to continue writing with this site.

Double Down on Charity Note from Shay Andras on Mon, Aug 22
1 cup

750 Words has been amazing for me. One of my friends introduced me and I admit, 750 words a day is a bit daunting… Before, I went days without writing anything worthwhile. I love that the daily email reminders give me the jump start that I need. Plus, I find that after I get my 750 done, I’m still writing throughout the day. Thank you, Buster, for creating this site. :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amber Hawkins on Mon, Aug 22
1 cup

Ok, I’m better with words than numbers. 8/26/11 is on Friday, of course. and my streak will be 162 days, Whew! thanks!

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Mon, Aug 22
4 cups

On Wednesday, 8/26/11, I celebrate my one year anniversary with And, “God willing and the creek don’t rise”, a 160 day streak, (my second pass through Phoenix). It’s been a lovely, disillusioned, illuminating, bumpy spirited relationship. I have some badges to show for it! And like my two previous and current marriages, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Back at egg in April, I realized I’d been setting my sights too low: the next badge and the next, etc. Now I’m focused on my true commitment: the writing. Everyday. Period. And Pterodactyl will come in her time, and Pegasus and on to the Stars!
Thanks, Buster.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna Grace Noyes on Mon, Aug 22
1 cup

Let your thoughts flow. They’re there. You’re always thinking and you always have thoughts on your mind that need to get out of your head. Don’t think too much about what you want to write about. If you must, keep a list of things you’d like to write about and keep them beside you, so that you always have something. Don’t be too distracted by spelling or typing speed or anything that would get in the way of your writing from your gut. You need a focus and that will get you through.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Aug 21
1 cup

I used the freewriting method to write the personal statement in my employee evaluation. The box on the form can fit about 850 words. I would have been delaying it if I hadn’t been using!

Testimonial Note from James Barnett on Sat, Aug 20
1 cup
More text analysis

750 Words is helping me write a book and get me clear about lots of stuff and helping me accomplish the thinking work of designing a software platform. The way I write is as truly morning pages as I can do. Free writing. So lots of different subjects can occur on any session. What I’d love to have is a way to use the analysis you do, and search through all my stuff for any element of it. So the moods, the voice, any of the key words that recur strongly over time. I’d get to look at any paragraph that holds anything that you have flagged up on the stats page. I could export that into my dropbox where I can access the text from the iPad or the Mac. Which brings up the dropbox idea. If all my writing stayed in your server as well as got dropped into a folder in my Dropbox account, or in time, in Apple’s iCloud, however that will work, that would be fully amazing. Then it is instantly on all my machines with no messing around with downloads.

Thanks for thinking about this stuff. Your value set is essential for what we will all need to practice to have a life in the emergent world. I strongly support you in all that.

New Feature Vote from Jim Ewing on Sat, Aug 20
5 cups
More text analysis

As an English teacher, I would LOVE to use in my classroom for interpreting the writing progress of my students. If possible, it would be great to run text through an engine that flags mechanical/grammatical errors, and also gives some measure as to what level the student is writing at. Then over time, I would love to see their progress.

New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Thu, Aug 18
3 cups

I am sitting here with my edits for my second book next to me. I want to write one book a year. I’ve already written 130,000 words on 750words. I think I can? Thank you for helping me keep writing foremost in my mind. It’s good to get CLEAR.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Thu, Aug 18
18 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Jessica Riviere on Wed, Aug 17