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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One Month Challenge Bounty from Jesper Cockx on Sat, Dec 04
36 cups

Brilliant simple addictive effective idea. Writing as mental detox. An enema for the brain. I like typing looking straight out the window, not stopping to correct typos or spelling mistakes or do punctuation or paragraphs and then I’m done and I walk away from the keyboard 1027 grams lighter. I’ve done 100 days (almost) straight and now I’m taking a break to spend more time staring at the pond. Many thanks Buster, great work!

Testimonial Note from Nicholas Arnold on Sat, Dec 04
1 cup

Thank you for this wonderful site and writing tool! I used to journal nearly every day from middle school through the end of college, but found that “adult” life kept me too busy to not only write, but read for leisure. 750 Words has helped me reconnect with my love of writing and reading, and I look forward to coming to this site every day. My brain feels so refreshed after I’ve done my 750 Words. Can’t thank you enough for creating this site!!!

Testimonial Note from Karen Ren on Fri, Dec 03
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Would be great to be able to keep up with my 750 Words on the go easier than navigating to the site.

New Feature Vote from Kevin Meyers on Fri, Dec 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Jesper Cockx on Fri, Dec 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from WallofIllusion on Fri, Dec 03
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More "Congratulations!" alerts

There are two things I have in mind: one, since the site registers its users’ birthdates, I was half-expecting some kind of birthday message to pop up when I started typing on my birthday. It would be a cute touch, I think. Two, I don’t think the site congratulated me in any way when I finished the November Monthly challenge. Why not have a message pop up along with the “You’ve completed your 750 words” box that says something like, “Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed a monthly challenge! Click here for a reminder of how you promised to reward yourself.”?

New Feature Request Note from WallofIllusion on Thu, Dec 02
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Jesper Cockx on Thu, Dec 02
2 cups

I totally fell off the wagon last month, but this is the last month of 2010 to prove that this year I had the discipline to follow this 750 words fandango to the finish! Here we go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Thu, Dec 02
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Combined Report with Health Month

I am not sure exactly how it would work, but I love the charts and tools that you have created that help to create a visual representation of the progress that we have made, our number of days writing, etc. for both sites. It would be interesting to have some kind of overall picture that combined the statistics of the two sites in a way that could give an in-depth picture of our lives, of what is important to us based on our writing, and the impact that our steps towards improving our health have with our lives.

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer H. on Wed, Dec 01
2 cups

Hooray! I just finished my second monthly challenge and my first NaNoWriMo. My writer is so happy … I tend to ignore her too often, but the encouragement, challenge, and platform provided by this site have pushed me to let my little writer shine every day. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Kristen Carroll on Wed, Dec 01
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Testimonial Note from Kristen Carroll on Wed, Dec 01
1 cup

I’ve just completed my first One Month Challenge, and my first challenge of this type ever! So much gratitude, and two cups doesn’t come close to what I owe. For now, though, it’s what I can give. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sam Healer on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

I never thought I would be a writer. This morning, technically right after I finish this, I will complete the one month challenge. On top of that I will complete NaNoWriMo. This is a good month for me, I had a rough patch in my life, I was sick for a long time and I stopped writing. After I started writing again, pushing through the rough patch. I’m doing great now, thanks for the push 750.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Roxanne O on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

November 30th has arrived… I have met the challenge of 750 for the month and the NaNoWriMo challeng of 50, 303 words at noon today. Hurray!!!
Thanks for all the help, my life novel is by no way finished, but I have accomplished something, Without 750 Words, I know I would not have been motivated to see it through. So Dec 1st comes tomorrow with new challenges and maybe a little less stress since I no longer have 1667 words a day hanging over my head… I look forward to more days of 750 and a bit of relaxation. Thanks again Buster, I look forward to seeing my new badges soon. On NaNoWriMo, my name is K.P.S.Gresh.
Blessings and Embracing to all worders here…
and Please, Give willingly to the Cups of Patronage.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ken Gresh on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Bring privacy to the next level.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

Buster, thank you for creating this website! I just completed NaNoWriMo, I’m on a 36-day streak (albatross, yeah!), and writing more than 750 words every day. I have to pinch myself to believe its really me that has accomplished these things!

Testimonial Note from Raye Cage on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

I just finished Nanowrimo thanks to 750 words…might not have had the discipline otherwise! Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 29
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I am rounding the bend to the end of NaNoWriMo, discovering how pleasurable it is to write, to write fiction. Who knew?
And every morning, before I get my NaNoWriMo on, I do my 750 words, to clear my head, to brainstorm ideas, and have a little game plan for my day.
Thank you, Buster, for that.

Testimonial Note from Gilda Haas on Mon, Nov 29
2 cups

Woo-Hoo! I got my NANO badge.
Thankfully, these words are: “Private, unfiltered, spontaneous, daily” which means that no one need know just how un-novel-like my novel became. What I /did/ get is a burst of creativity, some clear looking into the functioning (or not) of my brain (& what happens when I ask it to produce even when it’s told me it doesn’t FEEL like it), and a sense of accomplishment. Oh, & now I get to look at the analysis of my novel and look at pretty graphs of it. Why do my characters seem to have an unnatural affinity toward “knowing”, and what is it with the wilderness creatures!!!

Anyway, big toast to Buster & a tool that kept me plugging away at it every day (except when the internet was away)… I used this as my primary writing medium so the whole “oops-I-didn’t-paste” issue was solved… my sympathies to those who missed a day. I know the heartbreak. But someday, like a flamingo, you will rise… (it’ll take you a while to rise like a phoenix…)

Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Mon, Nov 29
2 cups

Life is wonderful. Lots to work on to make things better, so getting myself out there…

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah Kamal on Mon, Nov 29
2 cups

Arghhhh! I wrote 3282 words for NaNo yesterday and forgot to copy and paste them into 750words before going to bed, breaking a 165 day streak! How could I have screwed up so badly?

Thanks to Buster, who restored my streak. I do love this site. Now, to not do something that dumb again.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 28
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 27
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 27
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 27
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Getting into the discipline of daily writing has cleared my thoughts, kept me centered, and generally helped me be more self-respecting. Unfortunately, five days before the end of the November challenge, I woke up at 3:00am realizing that I had forgotten my Words for the day. Crap. This was my consequence, but I’m happy to donate to the cause.

Testimonial Note from Bob Gerard on Sat, Nov 27
2 cups

Party! The NaNo badge is in! 26 days of labor have been rewarded with a very nice badge. I would have never accomplished this without the great help of 750words.com. The daily counters, the idea to write at least 750 and last but not least the easy to use interface helped me a lot to reach the 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 27
2 cups

Just reached my Phoenix badge! So happy. I’ve been keeping up on my 750 words while doing my second NANOWRIMO. It helps me to clear my mind of the daily chatter, gives me a place to work out plot ideas, and generally keeps me in practice. The first 10,000 words of my novel poured out of me so easily, and I credit this daily 750 words practice. By writing every day, I’m used to facing down the blank screen and watching the words pile up in front of me, and not allowing the fact that I have no earthly idea what I’m going to write about intimidate or keep me from writing. No excuses, just words on the page. Every day, whether I feel like it or not. Thank you, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Terri Sharkey on Sat, Nov 27
5 cups

So, 750words is the site that got me writing every day. 750words is the site that encouraged me enough in my ability to write every day that I signed up for my first NaNoWriMo this year. I had a 236-day unbroken streak on 750words.

Tonight I finished NaNoWriMo, and came to 750words to upload my day’s writing on my novel, only to find that I forgot to do so yesterday. My streak is busted. I should be happy about the novel, but I’m just gutted over this.

Not a very inspirational note, I’m afraid, but at least it’s replete with irony.

As always, thanks Buster for this site, an awesome idea, carried through. I will keep writing, even though I’m back to being a damned egg.

HAPPY NEWS UPDATE – after seeing another NaNo writer’s comment about forgetting to post a day’s writing here, and Buster restoring her streak, I was brought out of my funk enough to at least ask, and Buster has restored my streak and stats also! (Seems simple enough in hindsight.)

Thank you again, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Pat Hughes on Fri, Nov 26