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

I just finished my September challenge with flying colours! Granted there were some times where I was forcing myself to type at the last second and wanted to throw my computer out the window… but mainly I just feel proud of myself! I’ve been able to do something regularly, every day for two months now. It might not seem like much to others, but for someone like me who is better at forming bad habits then good, being able to say I’ve done something every day is a real achievement. I feel accomplished, I feel productive and most of all, I feel proud of myself. I hope that everyone using 750 Words can share in those feelings.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 01
1 cup

I’m back. After slacking off for the past few months. Ready to embark on another Monthly Challenge. One way of making a promise to myself, one way to make it just a bit harder to avoid doing what I say I want, which is to be a writer.

Testimonial Note from Terri Sharkey on Fri, Sep 30
1 cup

Just finished the September Challenge! I can’t remember the last time I did something productive and creative for 30 days in a row. This has been a huge boost to my confidence. Thank you, a million times over, Buster, for creating this site.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Wallace on Fri, Sep 30
1 cup

Thank you so much for building this site. Sometimes I prefer the hand-cramping slowness of pen and paper (it’s a different challenge to have my hand keep up with my mind, instead of vice versa), but 750words increases my chances of doing morning pages exponentially. It’s an honor to buy you a cup of coffee.

Testimonial Note from Christine Hutchison on Fri, Sep 30
3 cups

I owe Mario three cups for every time he bailed me out. I write my pages long-hand, but like the accountability of My internet went out twice and once I forgot to upload my ‘words’ (“morning pages” copied 750 times!) even though I’d written them that day. Mario was so helpful. Thank you Mario! In October – no bail outs. If I forget, I forget. Love writing everyday. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Skye Brannon on Fri, Sep 30
3 cups

750 words has broadened my mind. Thank you so much, Buster. I’m on an 80 day streak at the moment and I just finished the September 1 month Challenge. I am so proud of myself and I couldn’t have done it without you. Without being modest, I see myself as one of the maturer 16 year old girls, and I believe 750 has helped me grow and become the girl I am today. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Buttigieg on Thu, Sep 29
1 cup

I just signed up for the October challenge. I really hope I make it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Miruna Stanica on Thu, Sep 29
1 cup

750 words has helped me focus, hunker down and get centered. Something about writing everyday and earning those badges just compels me to write. I love this site. As another patron wrote with 750 words who needs therapy.

Testimonial Note from Jay Sennett on Wed, Sep 28
1 cup

I have been writing since March 1st on a streak, & Feel so blessed.
211 day streak, even myself can not believe it.
My English has improved and now when I have not written on any morning for any cause my fingers really need it, and I start feeling I need to do it. It is such a nice feeling to need the practice and usually it only takes me 15 or 18 minutes of my Lunch time at the office. Thanks Buster
Ana Sofia iS

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Tue, Sep 27
6 cups

This is a great place to purge. I’ve been here for 148 days and I’m still loving it. I’ve written unsent letters, ideas for novels, confessions and all sorts of things. Who needs a therapist?

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

I didn’t know that cups went also to charity, and letting us to increase the percentage that goes there is just another prove about how awesome this site is in all aspects I can think about.

Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

I know when I haven’t been on 750 Words in awhile. Aside from the daily reminder emails, I feel congested. I feel all this “stuff” built up, questions and thoughts and unresolved ruminations, swirling in my mind. Then I return to 750 Words and let it all out. Things you can’t say to someone, things you wish you could say to someone, things you need to say to yourself. It all comes out and you feel cleansed, rejuvenated and able to make sense of it all. Thank you, 750 Words, for always being there.

Testimonial Note from Chris McGowan on Sat, Sep 24
2 cups

This site was suggested to me by a good writer friend of mine. Using Livejournal or social networks never quite worked for some of the writing I wanted to do. Always verbose, I always have something to say, and now I can feed my ego and psychoanalyze myself by writing whatever craziness comes out of my noodle. The word counter, always pushing to make it green, always striving for higher WPMs and seeing yet another entry without a distraction, or even trying to write in under ten minutes…it helps. When I have a thought stuck in my head and it won’t come out; I come here, and it’s like magic. I focus less on whatever is on my mind and more about just getting words out and achieving a goal (I’m a determined, goal-oriented person), and I get both done. Over the summer I was incredibly busy and went an entire month or more without writing, but now I shall be striving for more streak badges. The turquoise horse is a nice pet, but I’d like to add to the menagerie. Thanks, Buster! This site has truly changed a lot for me. If I can write 750 words every day for a month; imagine what else I can do?!

Testimonial Note from Reidun Saxerud on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

My book is coming along already! This site provides the structure and balance I needed to help me stay interested in writing every day and let’s me know when I’m focusing too much on the visual and not enough touch in my descriptions. Thanks Buster!!

Testimonial Note from Fuzzy Violette on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

Top stuff for people who are in their own damn heads too much.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

This week my words were categorized as self-expressive for the first time. This was a big turning point for me – I had spent time staring at this part of the pie wondering how I could increase the percentage! I’m also almost always in the thinking zone and I want so badly to be in the feeling zone more often.

I’m much calmer after finishing my first 30 day challenge. The way I feel about myself has gotten much healthier and I think that I see some of my self-limiting thoughts more clearly now.

Thanks to you Buster, for coming up with such a heart-felt and simple to use application!

Testimonial Note from emily kramer on Wed, Sep 21
1 cup

I am bound and determined to win at October’s Challenge, but all the same, I’m throwing my cup in the ring for all those mighty enough for a 30day streak! KEEP WRITING! :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Sep 21
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I hope that the kids helped by 826 Seattle get as much out writing as I’ve discovered I do!

Double Down on Charity Note from Sarah Lewis on Tue, Sep 20
1 cup

Today, as I complete my 365th consecutive day of writing 750 words or more, I want to show my gratitude to Buster for creating and maintaining this site and for giving me the mechanism to slow down and start each of my days be gathering my thoughts and practicing my writing.

Testimonial Note from Ronn Reeger on Tue, Sep 20
1 cup

I hope you win.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Fuzzy Violette on Sun, Sep 18
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Double Down on Charity Note from Fuzzy Violette on Sun, Sep 18
2 cups

I feel that 750 has saved me in a way. It clears my head when I have a bunch of crap in there and it keeps me feeling fresh and focused. Thank you 750. Thank you for being a necessary part of my day. Well, for the last 61 days in a row at least. One love…

Testimonial Note from Michael Gambino on Sun, Sep 18
1 cup

I’ve dreamt about being a writer ever since I was in second grade and decided that I didn’t want to be a spy. I love this site because it ensures that I’m living that dream!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Sep 17
4 cups

The highlight of a beautiful day:

Consistently there
Seven-fifty-plus each day
For two hundred days

Thank you for encouraging me to write every day. You’ve become a treasured place to think, reflect, and dream.

Testimonial Note from Joshua Harbert on Sat, Sep 17
10 cups
Half a million word badge

How about a badge for writing half a million words?

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Sat, Sep 17
1 cup

Well hello there! What a fabulous idea this is! That was my first 750 words, and I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I can’t say it was anything useful or interesting to anyone else, but what it did achieve was an exploration of why I’m going this and whether I’m going to keep it up. All journeys start with a single step, and I just made mine! So well done to all of you that are part way through your own journeys, however long they turn out to be, and wish me luck in mine!
Sarah (in my dressing gown, in Crystal Palace, London) x

Testimonial Note from Sarah Hathaway on Sat, Sep 17
9 cups

Thank you, Buster. Thank you.

750words has completely changed my attitude towards writing. I have tried to start a personal journal a number of times in the past. But, it has never lasted for more than a week and a half. Thanks to the addicting badges, stats and analysis on 750 I am now on a 138 day streak. I have written over 165 thousand words over these past 4 months. That is something I never dreamed I could have achieved. The badges and streak is what keeps me going. Seriously.

I have always wanted to write stories, but was never good at it, even though I have a fairly good imagination. But, since I have been writing every day, it is slowly getting easier to get the words out of my brain and onto the page. Up until recently, I have used 750 as a typical journal. Writing about my day and such. Over the past week I have decided to start writing poems and very short stories. The stories don’t make any real sense, and some are just plain terrible. But, I feel that this is a start.

I feel that writing these short stories and poems daily is a form of EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN. I mean that too. Over the past couple of months, I have noticed my creative side becoming more strong and vivid, something I attribute to typing out my thoughts daily. I have yet to write a coherent story longer than a few paragraphs, but it shall happen someday.

Additionally, I have become addicted to writing every day. I remember one day having to go to work unexpectedly early. While at work, I suddenly relised that I had not done my words. I almost paniced at the thought of losing my streak. xD So, what I did was hammer out a few words on my phone when I had a moments free time. I just about made it to my goal, when I was told I could go home early. I met my goal that day. And then some!

Keep up the awesome work,
Pete from MA

Testimonial Note from Peter Tangney on Thu, Sep 15
3 cups

I lost this month, but here’s to you guys that are still in!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Matt J. Marlieu on Thu, Sep 15
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I’m a writing teacher. I teach college students how to write better essays. I’m also a scholar, and I investigate what helps college students to write more effectively, and publish the results of my research. 750 Words helps me write and reflect, and it also helps my students. When I write regularly I gain a valuable, publishable insight about every other day. My students don’t write as much as I do, I know, but I suspect they’re similarly successful.

750 Words, you’re a great habit to have, and a hard habit to break.

Testimonial Note from Mike Edwards on Wed, Sep 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Include dinosaurs. :)

New Feature Vote from Ty Barbary on Wed, Sep 14