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

1 cup

Thanks, Buster, and thanks FB friends Sherrie and Cathy for turning me on to this site. I guess this is the closest I get to the sense that “God is watching me,” and so far it’s keeping me writing, not great stuff, but material. I do it usually right before I meditate, so it helps to “empty the cup,” so to speak.

Testimonial Note from Ellen McGrath Smith on Thu, Nov 11
1 cup

I’m on day 11 of Nanowrimo and have written 19,623 words already… I can’t believe it! I have never written this much in my life…and without this site I would never have thought of doing it. Hope all you fellow Nano-ers (and fellow 750-words folks) are getting the same inspiration by being a part of this writing community. Whatever you write every day, enjoy it!!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 11
2 cups

I’m scrambling to finish a book—Tweet if U ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (Morehouse)—by the end of November. My poet pal Ellen hipped me to this site a few days ago, and it’s really keeping me going. I’m not much of a “free writer,” but having the ongoing word count, the mystical word clouds, and the groovy icons is an incredible help.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Drescher on Thu, Nov 11
3 cups

I’ve done NaNoWriMo for several years, but this is the first year I’ve found myself writing a consistent amount every day, working steadily toward my overall goal. No more days of writing nothing, followed by days of stressful 6,000-word binges! This is clearly the benevolent influence of 750 Words, the awesomest website in the history of ever. I <3 you, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Brook West on Wed, Nov 10
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I plan to eventually get an Ipad (have an Ipod for now) this site has been an inspiration in its own way to help me write my minimum of 1667 words a day for NanoWrimo. I can only imagine that an Ipad/Iphone app would increase my use/enjoyment of this site.

-JAS
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http://www.realjas.com
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New Feature Vote from JAS on Wed, Nov 10
4 cups

Can I just say how encouraging it is that I desperately don’t want to be on the wall of shame, that I find it in me, regardless of what it is, to show up to the page? Thank you for the encouragement, 750 Words!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Nov 10
1 cup

At last-someplace where I can come and scribble to my hearts content! However, I failed my first challenge-I thought sure that I wrote yesterday morning-and when I signed in, I found that I had missed it! It was like a shock going through my heart! Strange, at first I felt like I had let someone down terribly-like 750words.com, is a person who can be disappointed that I failed the challenge. But it was myself that I let down. I’m so sorry self. I won’t fail next month!

Testimonial Note from Laura Gharazeddine on Mon, Nov 08
2 cups

Woohoo, today I reached 100,000 words and earn the almighty Flock. NaNoWriMo is still going strong with 17,200 words already. I never imagined that I could write that much in my life. And even better, I just started a new job and writing 1667 words a day in a daily journal really helps self-reflection.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 08
1 cup

I’m nearing the end of my PhD program and I’ve started the dreaded process of dissertation writing and applying (and being rejected) for jobs. Its hard not to take criticism and rejections personally, and I’m glad I have a space like 750 words to let me articulate my frustrations and clear my head. Thanks!!

Testimonial Note from Meg Kurdziolek on Mon, Nov 08
4 cups

What else do you do for thirty days straight besides drink water, eat, and sleep? Write, of course!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lara Smith on Mon, Nov 08
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More stats on the Eternity page

I’m not even sure what you can add, but I’m so intrigued by this page that I would be excited by any addition. Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Lara Smith on Mon, Nov 08
4 cups

I read The Artist’s Way about three years ago, and wrote the morning pages faithfully for nearly two years before deciding I didn’t have time in the morning to make it a daily habit any more. It very quickly became a total NON-habit.

Nearly two months ago, I discovered 750words. I wasn’t convinced that typing the words would create the same clarity that hand-writing the pages had, but it WOULD be faster. So, I gave it a shot!

Here I am today, with a 44-day streak and a clear mind. The friendly reminder e-mails keep me on track if I’ve got a busy day, my words are digitized, so it’s easy to look for an idea I want to refer back to, and if I’m struggling with a problem, this site gives me a place to sound it out from all angles.

Some days I ramble nonsense as I struggle toward the finish line. (This happened on paper, too.) Other days my fingers blast out brilliant goals and detailed dreams for my future. Getting those dreams in writing motivates the creative part of my brain to generate ideas on realistic ways to get there.

I’m very grateful to have found this place, so I could recoup the benefits of the morning pages with less of a time commitment!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

More badges will keep me writing!!! It’s pathetic, but true. I need the cookie to finish the job. I need to promise/threat of a streak to complete. I need the mystery of Early Bird to uncover!

New Feature Vote from Kate C on Sun, Nov 07
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Double Down on Charity Note from SK Gaski on Sun, Nov 07
1 cup

I used 750 words for the first time today. It was fun, it was easy, it helped me clarify my thoughts on my own writing. If I can follow through on this commitment, I think this site may be amazingly helpful to to me. My thanks both to the site creator and to the person who recommended it to me!

Testimonial Note from Catherine Neff on Sun, Nov 07
2 cups

If it wasn’t for this site, I would have small hopes for being a writer. Now it plagues me everyday.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Thompson on Sat, Nov 06
1 cup

Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. -RD Laing, psychiatrist and author (1927-1989)

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Fri, Nov 05
3 cups

I’ve been writing at least 750 words every day since the end of August. My spelling is better! My thoughts come together more coherently. I feel a commitment to something that I’ve never felt before. It makes me realize that this is possible in other areas of my life: my Art, my Work, my Business. And it’s happening.
My friends notice that my emails are longer and make more sense.
I’ve made promises before to do something for myself everyday (like meditate or draw or write); this is the first time I’ve kept my promise for so long.

Addictive? YES! that’s the color of commitment.
(It’s also turquoise and shaped like a horse.)
Donna-Grace

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Fri, Nov 05
1 cup

Keep it up. Your success inspires mine.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L. E. E. on Fri, Nov 05
2 cups

It’s like we’re pirates splitting the booty once we reach the island!

One Month Challenge Bounty from CodyAnne Pauli on Fri, Nov 05
4 cups

750words helps me to collect my thoughts, & to recollect my day. Being ADHD, a private brain dump is not only relieving, but almost necessary. A day or two later, I can easily return to my journal to recall information that I need to recall.

Also, I really enjoy looking at my stats afterward – even if I believe they are a little skewed from time to time, they are often spot-on. I learn a bit more about myself as time goes on, & as I continue to trust 750words with my most emotionally charged thoughts, I find those emotions a bit easier to manage throughout the day.

Thanks.

Testimonial Note from CodyAnne Pauli on Fri, Nov 05
4 cups

I’m pretty sure that these four cups were the bounty I got for completing the October Challenge, so I’m passing them on. Go 750words, and go NaNoWriMo!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Greg "胖龙" Russell on Thu, Nov 04
1 cup

Hi Buster and everyone else reading this. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month(National Novel Writing Month: nanowrimo.org). In addition, I am competing in the one month challenge on 750 words. 750 words gives me a smaller goal I can achieve before moving on to write more. I only plan to write my novel and metadata on 750 words this month so I can get a full analysis of my novel and writing habits at the end of the month. Thanks for such an amazing, powerful, beautiful, and motivational site. I found it surprising how small the amount of people is that have donated money to your site and to NaNoWriMo(only 2.46% of NaNoWriMo participants have donated anything). I will donate more when I WIN this month’s challenge and finish my novel!

Testimonial Note from G. Hopper Swift Kremer Millington on Thu, Nov 04
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

More badges between Albatross and the 100 days badge…and also more badges after 100 days! and further monthly badges, like 2 month streak etc!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
3 cups

What a great cause!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
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Special badge for NaNoWriMo

Interim badge for those who do 1667 words or more for a streak of seven days…then another badge for ten days…then fifteen…twenty…and finally a special Nanowrimo badge and a Nanowrimo wall of awesomeness with lots of decoration and fanfares!!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
1 cup

I’ve been writing now for 48 days in a row…and now I’m doing NaNoWriMo, a challenge I thought I’d never be able to complete! The badges, the stats, the community and the encouragement have all helped to get me there…and achieve something I never thought I’d have the discipline or commitment to do.

I’ve written 7,042 words this month – here’s hoping I can do the other 43,000 to get my ‘novel’ out by the end of the month – but with the help of this site, I MIGHT JUST DO IT, you know ;)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
1 cup

On the eve of my fall from albatrossdom, I am writing to acknowledge how the prospect of a new badge appearing near my name (I am, despite my best judgment, eager to earn not only my phoenix, but my pterodactyl… ) has gotten me to write when I didn’t want to, has helped me to get motivated to clear the cruft from between my ears so that I can write the “good stuff” and has yielded a more creative and productive me. And next week when I return to civilization (and the internet), I will begin anew and grow my pterodactyl from an egg…

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Thu, Nov 04
4 cups

I’m amazed with how much more clearly I’m thinking. Recently, I won my second one-month challenge, right around the time I got my 100,000 words badge, and the day I discovered it, I feel like the smile on my face didn’t go away for days. There’s a really honest sense of accomplishment that comes from this sort of experience. While it’s hard to explain why simply writing three pages every day affects my state of mind so profoundly, anyone who sticks with this project for long enough inevitably comes to know the lasting effect a consistent writing habit visits on people. Though the following statement will require a quick knock on wood, it should be said. I don’t think I could miss a day now if I tried! Great project, and super helpful!

Testimonial Note from Maria Zalessky on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup
Blog Badge

I know I posted about this elsewhere before, but I really want a blog badge! I want everyone that reads my public ramblings to experience the awesomeness that is 750 Words. If clicking my random badge would get them interested, I’d be happy to rep the site! (In particular, I’d love a wee 36px icon type thing to go crazy html with.)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Nov 03