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

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Double Down on Charity Note from Michelle Clarke on Sat, Oct 23
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This has been a very challenging year for me as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. I have endured 4 surgeries, last one a mastectomy. I found this site around the beginning of the month. I really like the nice “safe” place I can write whatever is on my mind. It helps me to get focused and stay focused. I have signed up for the November challenge and I will be participating in NaNoWriMo (again) this year as well. Thank you Buster, I love the site it has helped more people in more ways than you will ever know.

Testimonial Note from Michelle Clarke on Sat, Oct 23
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Improve the daily reminder email

I’m not 100% sure this isn’t already implemented, but the other day, I’m fairly certain that I wrote my note, and then received the e-mail anyway. Would it be possible to disable the e-mail if you’re ahead of the game and have already written your 750 words? Because otherwise it’s redundant. Then again, I may be mysteriously imagining the whole thing.

New Feature Vote from Leah Felicity Lucci on Sat, Oct 23
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On my third month. Love it. Wish I could get back the two days I missed. A testament to two busy days that I couldn’t get beyond.
Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Thom Mak on Sat, Oct 23
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 23
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 23
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 23
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This is, hands down, the most useful tool/site I’ve found in years. I can’t say enough about how basically giving us all permission to skip the pen and paper and hit the keys has liberated my thinking about daily writing. Kudos to having the brilliance to create such an elegant, simple site. A flawless design, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your genius with the world!

Testimonial Note from Heather Wood on Sat, Oct 23
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Since I discovered this site at the beginning of October, I’ve been using it to prep for National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. I thought if I got into the habit of writing daily early, I wouldn’t struggle so much with meeting the 1,667 word goal this year as I did last year. 750 words is 45% of the NaNoWriMo daily word goal, but I’ve been writing between 800 and 1,000 words daily (except for this past week). I’ve reached the 750 words in less than 20minutes making me think that it won’t take me that long, maybe 20 minutes to 30 minutes, to get out the 1,667 words to be on track. The important thing, however, is that I get into the habit of writing whatever is on my mind without stopping much. 750words has helped me achieve this goal and I’m happy to say that I’ll be using the website to making my word count goals for NaNoWriMo :3

Testimonial Note from Andy Baumann on Fri, Oct 22
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750 words is awesome! I’m almost half way to Phoenix! Only ten days away from completing the month’s challenge. . .I’m inspired my my own commitment rather than someone else’s, for a change.
Donna-Grace

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Fri, Oct 22
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I am so happy! 100 days ago I started with 750words to get myself a little bit in a writing mood. I could never imagine that I would do that for 100 days. Although I never saw myself as a writer I am now going to sign up for NaNoWriMo! Who would have thought that? Not me!

Reaching my 100 days I was already trying out the Pro version of Penzu to move to Penzu after my 100 days. Penzu has a lot more features for writing and sharing. However reaching the 100 days I am now afraid that I will lose interest, because Penzu is missing the great encouragements of 750words: points, counters and badges. And with the new Pterodactyl in sight together with NaNoWriMo I decided to stick with 750words!

Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 22
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I was just thinking this morning about what a difference this writing habit has made for me. I always thought of myself as a writer who did not write, but that is no longer the case. I have to say that the badges and the email and the stats all motivate me to keep going, and that the streak REALLY motivates me. I was traveling two weeks ago by train for several days, and thought through thoroughly the logistics to be sure I could be someone each day to ensure my streak stayed alive.

Thanks for this site/ BTW, it was a nice surprise this morning to see a shiny new pterodactyl in the reminder email.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Fri, Oct 22
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More badges for accomplishments

Thanks for the Pterodactyl! Now, MORE! grin

New Feature Vote from Laura Gjovaag on Thu, Oct 21
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In 21 days, I’ve written 17,367 words. I used to be so slow; it used to take me weeks to even write 5000! So thank you, 750words. If a fruit baskets would help you defray your server costs, I would send you one.

Testimonial Note from Samantha Wheeler on Thu, Oct 21
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Write on!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Oct 21
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Proper citation

This is a rehash of my first note, where I suggested it would be polite and professional to use Julia Cameron’s name on that first page (before the login screen) which explains the source of 750 Words. Since her book The Artist’s Way is the direct inspiration for 750 Words, it seems very strange to mention the book’s title without the author’s name. After all, we are all writers here, so let’s not ignore a writer who has indirectly helped every writer here!

I would also like to repeat that I think that the last sentence in the paragraph about The Artist’s Way comes across as rather rude. I think it could be changed very easily—it’s only a few words, not 750!

I know that Buster Benson is a busy person but I also like to think that he values professionalism, especially on the introductory page of a website which everyone will see! I feel a little embarrassed, as a otherwise satisfied user of 750 Words, to see this paragraph unchanged in the weeks since my suggestion. I am not aware of there being anything controversial about this idea, and I can’t imagine that it would take very long to implement.

(Again, I am not associated in any way with Julia Cameron; I just like politeness.)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Oct 21
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Life’s just better with 750 words. I thought, today, for the first time in a long time, about what would happen if I chose to take a break.

And it’ll happen at some point — deliberately, I hope — but it’s not time yet.

It gives me a chance to be excited, to be angry, to be inappropriate, to be incoherent, to confess and hate and love and memoralize the little day-to-day disasters and victories, and not need to hold anything back. For an obsessive proofreader who tends to hold things in, this is gold.

Plus — RETROACTIVE PTERODACTYL!!

Testimonial Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Thu, Oct 21
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This is an amazing site, and that it’s using it’s powers for good not only for the writers here, but sharing writerly goodness and well-being to another great organization is pretty amazing! May words flow!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 20
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I had a very tumultuous summer that resulted in a writer’s block of over 2 months. 750words not only got me back writing (which makes me a happy girl!) but helped me focus on processing and healing myself rather than repressing the whole mess, like I normally do. My bff noticed how much happier and calm I seemed since starting my streak, she signed up for it too and now is enjoying the benefits as well.
So thanks again, Buster! Your site does a lot of people a lot of good.

Testimonial Note from Tracey Bourgoyne on Wed, Oct 20
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When I started doing Morning Pages a year ago, I kept thinking that I should create a site that helps me do them. And now, 750 words has come along and done just that, and exceed all my expectations. 750 words has helped re-inspire me, and the longer my 750 streaks go, the more inspired my writing and performances become. The badges, the data analysis and everything else is just icing on the cake.

Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Leo Mendoza on Wed, Oct 20
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1. You must not dilly-dally.
750 words helps me not dilly-dally about getting the writing done on a daily basis. Now it’s the first piece of business in the morning, after brewing caffeine of course. Seeing my word count go up is thrilling, and the badges are cute too. I’ve started another account to track the accumulation of words on my more deliberate writing projects. Thanks Buster, and continued good luck and inspiration!

Testimonial Note from Lisa Miller on Wed, Oct 20
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I just discovered this site only a few days ago and I already feel like I have found not only an outlet, but also a kind of friend.

Even though I’m connected to lots of social sites, I still need a place to unload myself. Though I could journal, heavens know I’m a kid of the internet age and can’t neatly hand write to save my life. Having 750 Words helps me let it all go and come back to it, learning from myself a little more each day.

What I write here helps me in all aspects of my life, both in the purgative and meditative senses. Thanks so much for making this site! It’s quickly become a big part of my daily routine.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Oct 19
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I had a busy weekend ahead, and doing my words first thing. I didn’t realise how much the discipline had got to me until I couldn’t get my words down. In the end, I absented myself for 20 minutes just to get those words down so I didn’t miss the end of day and lose my streaks.
When I don’t do my words first thing, I find my anxiety takes over more. 750 words is working as a way to keep me healthy and reduce my medication. I didn’t start it for that reason, but it’s working. It’s also clearing my head so I am more effective at work.

Testimonial Note from Miriam Moules on Mon, Oct 18
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I’m on day 167. In April, my dear friend Yuko passed away. Her husband asked me to speak at her memorial, an honor, but such a difficult thing to do. I kept putting off writing what I would say. On the morning of the memorial I sat down with 750 words and wrote out my thoughts about her. Somehow the site had become more than a web interface, but a trusted friend, a safe place, the exact place to clarify my thoughts and feelings.

Testimonial Note from John Niec on Sun, Oct 17
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More badges for accomplishments

What comes after Phoenix?

New Feature Vote from John Niec on Sun, Oct 17
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I missed a day on the challenge, not because I didn’t write, but because I didn’t make sure I could get online to post my words. It was an interesting lesson of struggle. It showed up like I didn’t really care that I couldn’t get online even though it might mean wall of shame. So, how do external challenges effect me. I guess my brain rationalizes them out of the way.

How could I have made it a stronger incentive to ensure that I did what was possible to get my words online? I broke a 26 day streak in the process. Well, keep writing – that’s the good part. Next time, remember the lesson of finding a way to creatively get done what needs to get done. Enjoy your 750+ words.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Brian Ball on Fri, Oct 15
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750 Words has definitely made me a more committed writer. I may not always be able to keep my streaks, but I write more regularly than I ever have before, and I’m more likely to stick it out and finish – or at least finish 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Jack Clayton on Thu, Oct 14
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More extreme badges

1/2 year badges, 200 days, 300 days, year badges. I’m at nearly 180 days, and I haven’t seen a new badge in, well, 80. It’s sad.

New Feature Request Note from Shawn Waugh on Thu, Oct 14
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After almost 200 days of writing every day, I think the habit is finally starting to take! :)

Buster, thank you so much for creating this site and putting it out there. After agonizing over how and why I use it, I now just use it, and have come to depend on the clarity I get from the process. Hope you and your family are well.

Testimonial Note from Pat Hughes on Thu, Oct 14
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Metadata To-Do's

It would be neat to be able to flag a line/paragraph of text as a To-Do using a special set of characters in meta-data style and then have the ability to link all to-dos tagged this way to an external service like Remember the Milk, ToodleDo, Nozbe, or even just email that is automatically sent once you finish writing for the day. I often write things I want to remember as I do my daily brain dump and not losing these to the ether would be nice.

New Feature Request Note from Andy Affleck on Wed, Oct 13