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

2 cups

Hammering out a thousand words every morning has really helped the rest of the writing I do throughout the rest of the day. While I had always intended on doing something like this before I found this site, the daily reminder and stat tracking has kept me to the task. Thanks for everything!

Testimonial Note from Tim VanDeWal on Mon, Aug 01
2 cups
Ditto on the vacation mode

I, like many others, would love to have a feature where you could schedule in some vacation time and therefore not lose your streak. We do a lot of camping in my family, and unsurprisingly, where we camp there is no internet. I do intend to write those days, but obviously will still lose my streak online.

To ensure people are still writing, I propose these stipulations: vacation time must be scheduled at least a week or two in advance, and when the vacation is over you have to go back and enter in words for those days. If you word processed and just couldn’t post, copy-paste. If you wrote in a physical notebook, you can either type in what you wrote or just copy-paste nonsense to fill in that many words. Either way, you have to go back and put words for those days to continue your streak.

New Feature Request Note from Michele Howarth on Mon, Aug 01
3 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 01
8 cups
To be able to save a streak thru Internet absence

I want to be able to break a streak in a planned way – to specify in advance that I won’t be logging on to the 750words site, but not to lose the days for my current streak.

I’m looking forward to an eight-day holiday Without Internet in October. I of course intend to keep writing my 750words a day – it’s champion discipline and I love Buster for it muchly. But I calculate that this holiday will arrive in good time to make sure I don’t get my 200-day streak badge – I ought to get to the 100-day streak badge (again) but will by default be starting back at zero after the holiday.

So my New Feature Request is to be able to specify a holiday that allows me to save my current streak and continue it after the holiday is over.

New Feature Request Note from Yonmei onIJ on Mon, Aug 01
1 cup
More text analysis

More concrete and less ‘fluffy’ analysis. Comparative stats on stuff like word length, vocabulary, reading level, sentence length…

New Feature Vote from Thomas Floyd Wright on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

It’s not that I suffer from writer’s block. I don’t. I can write a 2,000 word email to a friend or relative before breakfast. So why wasn’t I adding any words to the first 50,000 I’d completed last November as part of NaNoWriMo? I don’t know….but what I do know is that since I began writing 750words each day I have added well over 20,000 words to my manuscript. I don’t generally write for my novel IN 750words, though sometimes I do when I’m stuck and want to ‘talk’ myself through it. The daily “nudge” from 750words, the commitment, the sitting down in my chair and writing 750words of “whatever”…have all served to set the rhythm for my days and loosen up my fingers and my mind to the task. It’s great to have this tool and it works. I am achieving my writing goals—and that says a lot.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dusty on Sun, Jul 31
2 cups

I’ve seen some people writing notes requesting the ability to up their daily word count as a self-issued challenge. I’m not sure how many people realize this, I know I didn’t at first, but if you complete 50,000 words within a month you’ll get the Nano badge. I thought this was only obtainable during the month of the contest, November, but it’s available at any time. Complete an average of 1,667 words per day and it can be yours.

Testimonial Note from Wes on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

Just finished a short story and signed up for the August challenge. All thanks to 750 words, a source of routine, discipline and therefore salvation in my otherwise hectic life." Fall down seven times, get up eight…. so I keep coming back. Great site.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

No matter what I think I`d like to write about, other thoughts just flow out of me and I wonder where they came from. I love not knowing what I`ll write about when I start, just keep my finger flowing until I am spent of thought, but then once I`m done, there`s so much I felt I could have written about. I love typing and thinking and writing here. Thanks for letting me purge my brain.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

I just completed my first month challenge and I am so excited I completed it! I feel awesome. I am an excellent starter of projects, and not an excellent finisher, but I actually did it! I keep the reminder emails from Buster in my inbox unopened until I finish to remind myself. Writing my words really helps my ADD brain and the days I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I suffer for the day. For August I am going to make sure I write them in the morning. This site rocks :)

Testimonial Note from Christie Ingram on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

I am completely in awe of people who will commit the Monthly Challenge and complete it. You are inspirational!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Carter on Sat, Jul 30
1 cup
Running timer

It would be so great to have a running timer at the bottom of the screen or at least a recording of the time started. I’m trying to do at least 30 minutes a day and I don’t think about my starting time until I’m already into it. 30 minutes is good for reflection and direction! Thanks!!!! Love the site!!!!

New Feature Request Note from Ron C on Sat, Jul 30
4 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Chloe Chiang on Sat, Jul 30
1 cup

Already 8 Space birds badges here, super)) nothing imposible, ha?) and my pretty Ptero keep mooving too. Ain`t we awesome))

Testimonial Note from Natalie Z. on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I need more badges. different ones, since it is so nice to received them and know you reached that small steps along the way… one extra could be every 50 days, not only 100… or maybe 2 months in a row, Thanks Buster

New Feature Vote from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup

I am about complete the 5th MONTH Challenge of writing everyday, since March 1st.
It has been, March, April, May, June and July challenges, and It feels so good.
I will be travelling some long weekends in August, so I hope I have internet all the time, so I dont miss this great opportunity of keep on going.
Just got the cheetah badge for writing faster for ten days, and it was an additional motivation "To not forget to write everyday, when I can not do it at the same time, like early morning so I will continue looking for extra motivations, maybe someone can come up with ideas for more different badges we can get.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup

I’m a new user. I’ve been here for a week and am happy to say I’ve written every day for this week. The description of where the site came from really resonated with me – trying to do morning pages as part of ‘The Artists Way’, trying out blogging etc. I write as part of my job and as a hobby. Having a place to privately journal and collect my thoughts, and a place where I can be scatterbrained for a few minutes, has been really nice for this week. I’ve felt more focused and deliberate in the rest of my work as a result. I really like the badges and the statistics as they give a sense of accomplishment. I’m a proud penguin badge holder, and look forward to my upcoming flamingo… I also didn’t know, until the stats showed me, I’m a faster than average writer. That’s a cool thing to know. Writing is solitary, sometimes even lonely, so having some feedback like the site provides, coupled with the honesty and security that come with having the writing be totally anonymous, that’s a really nice thing. Thanks so much for this site.

Testimonial Note from Nate Hawthorne on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I would like to be able to decide the margins on each side. I go to full screen on my browser and even though I shrink the Safari borders in full screen mode, the text cozys right up to the edge. I’d love a 20 px cushion on each side in this case.

LOVE the site. Thanks… It’s been a helpful tool.

New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Fri, Jul 29
10 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from George Tucker on Mon, Jul 25
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from George Tucker on Mon, Jul 25
1 cup

What a great way to get my daily writing done. The competitive edge was just what I needed at the end of an exhausting day to make the time to sit down and write. Fantastic idea!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jul 25
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 24
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 24
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I use 750Words as a stream of conscious writing tool, therefore I write about very personal matters. I would feel more at ease knowing that my writing is locked away from prying eyes.

New Feature Vote from Peter Tangney on Sat, Jul 23
1 cup

Setting a goal for the number of words that you want to type in a certain amount of time, and then getting a badge if you complete it. Maybe getting multiple badges if you complete multiple goals.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 22
3 cups
one less click to log in

Currently, once you click on the “log in” link, you ALSO have to click into the username box. I think this second click should be intuitive — and that the computer should KNOW I want to be in the username box and already have the cursor there for me. It’s a little thing but an annoying thing. I LOVE the site and have only missed one day since May 1st. This is a hugely beneficial website for me. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Rebecca Watts on Fri, Jul 22
1 cup
A "To Do" List

Dear Buster,

Like there is the gratitude list option over at Health Month, I’d really love to have a similar, but linked, to do list – either here or at health month. I don’t want to re-enter my 750 words which are my trancy meditative non-sensical right brain ramblings once they’re done, but I do want a place where I can plan my obligations for the day – in line with my health/writing objectives. If you could stretch to that, it would be uber marvellous!

All the best, and thanks, as always!


New Feature Request Note from Liesl Jobson on Wed, Jul 20
1 cup

There are words that wish to be written, words that exist below the surface of awareness and remain there until I begin my 750 words. Suddenly they arrive, bidden, and yet, unbidden. They surprise me with their insight and clarity, their forcefulness, their directness. Entering this sacred space has brought forth messages that are, somehow, divine, even in the company of the commonplace utterances that are whiny, pathetic, repetitive and banal. Thank you, Buster, for this remarkable gift that has so aided my serenity.

Testimonial Note from Liesl Jobson on Wed, Jul 20
1 cup

It has made free writing kind of fun. Not only is the daily word target, ongoing statistics, and word analysis fun, I do not feel as pressured to write “flawlessly” as I would if I were typing in a word processor. This allows me to put my big hunk of clay of thoughts on the table and worry about shaping it into a vase later. Great site. Glad to be a patron this month. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Todd Stanfield on Tue, Jul 19