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

I’ll pass on going into detail, but: Buster Benson, 750 words literally saved my life. I’ll never stop writing. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from kian on Thu, Sep 30
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More badges for accomplishments

Please, please, please make more badges to spur me on. I am running out of steam at day marker 211 having spent the last 111 days not having any accomplishments lauded.
Yes, I’m a child. But I embrace my neuroses.
thanks for all the great work :)

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Thu, Sep 30
4 cups

I’ve just completed the September challenge after discovering the site in mid-August and writing every day since. A recent Patron wrote that the site has got them back into doing regular writing and become a part of their daily routine. That is definitely my experience. I’ve been meaning to start regular writing for years and I suppose things came together recently but it’s finally happening, with a large part due to the addictiveness of 750Words. I try to write my pages in the morning and have used them to exorcise negative emotions, write character sketches or sections of stories, and for journalling. I’m now planning to add extra time into my day for “proper writing” (where I’m not racing for a word count, and quality over quantity), but I wouldn’t be thinking of that now without having got the confidence at 750Words to see that I could write every day. I’ve signed up for Nanowrimo in a month and am planning to use my morning pages for it. Roll on the 100,000 word mark. Thanks Buster and everyone for making this site a fun, motivating place to come every day!

Testimonial Note from Thor McCready on Thu, Sep 30
1 cup

After my first ten days here, I want to express a genuine appreciation for this site. I love using 750 words! It’s fun and useful and helps me practice enjoying the process of writing, which is a major improvement over feeling pressured by my perfectionism while writing. Using this site also allows me to have fun with my competitive nature, instead of feeling driven and pressured by it. I’m dreaming of seeing that Turquiose horse badge on my stats page at the end of October. Thanks for creating and maintaining this space, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Beall on Thu, Sep 30
1 cup

as i close the door on september, i have now been writing 750 words every morning for two weeks. it is amazing how this has become such a part of my day in such a short time. i love to write and having the goal of trying to reach 750 words every morning has really helped me kick writing up the list as something i should do.

i am dealing with quite a bit right now; death in the family, relocation, new job, and 750words has been a place for me to dump a lot of the emotions and thoughts i am having right now. it has also become the place to chronicle what is going on in my life and what i want to go on in my life.

i love it. thanks for the site.

Testimonial Note from James Edward Hervey on Thu, Sep 30
4 cups

Yesterday I reached 100,000 words. Lots of words, and some of them helped me write papers last spring; some of them helped me participate in classes and respond to reading intelligently. Some of them bolstered my spiritual journey; some called in aid for other people who were in need of prayers. Some words took me on a short fictional journey through characters I have created. Some words helped me process complex emotions during my first year of a second marriage. I may have written 100,000 words before, maybe even a million words, multiple times, but not with the discipline and focus that I got from visiting this site every morning and having it count my words, analyze their content to some extent, and reward me for my daily grind with silly animal stickers. Just like way back when I studied piano and got a silly animal sticker when I had memorized a piece. I like that then, and I like this now. 750words has, as I knew writing could do, generated thousands of new ideas and recombinations of thoughts that have propelled me along my way toward a dissertation in the long run, but toward papers of note in the semester run. I am grateful, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Sep 29
1 cup

Well done to everyone who completed this challenge! You are fabulous!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Sep 29
1 cup

I started writing here 13 days ago, thinking it would be an interesting diversion and something to kick-start my writing again…it’s been all that and more than I expected, too. Writing every day, every morning, has been illuminating and surprising and a comfort as well, a place where I can get out all the crap bothering me, the preoccupations of the day, and then I don’t have them rattling around in my head. So thank you, 750 words. Cheaper than analysis and much more fun! And I love the badges. Can’t wait to earn my Turquoise Horse :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Sep 29
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It’s built my confidence that I can write regularly and well. It’s got me into good solid habits. I’ve only been writing on this site since June, but already it seems hard to believe I did without it! Thank you, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Yonmei onIJ on Tue, Sep 28
1 cup

We are awesome! (I’m assuming I too will make it to the end of September.) Thirty days, 750 words a day, WE ARE AWESOMESAUCE.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Yonmei onIJ on Tue, Sep 28
2 cups

Sometimes I go into San Francisco to write with a friend at a local coffee shop. A few doors away is 826 Valencia (the mothership, so to speak). Although I knew they were located in the city and was actually very familiar with the anthologies that had been produced there (we used to sell them at a job I used to work at), I had never actually seen it for myself. This month, the display is messages in bottles. There’s something very satisfying seeing the creativity that’s gone into creating things like that. Knowing that my patronage helps 826 Seattle makes it even better.

Double Down on Charity Note from Jacqueline A. Gross on Mon, Sep 27
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I’d love to see a timer added to the site, one that would be voluntary. I find that I focus better when I’m doing timed writing. It also serves as a way to clean things out of the brain quicker.

As I said, it would be voluntary. If someone wanted to use it, then they could. Or not. I like the idea of having an extra something that gives me an umph.

New Feature Request Note from Jacqueline A. Gross on Mon, Sep 27
8 cups

This comes a bit late…I wasn’t very solvent around the end of August! I joined the August Challenge and my pledge was 8 dollars (or cups, in this case) if I succeeded…and I did, so here they are, as bounty, better late than never.
Today also marks my 70th day, and while I may sound nonchalant about it, to contemplate this sends a shiver of anticipation down my spine…I can’t believe I haven’t missed a day since I started writing (it’s so unlike me! LOL) and though this may seem strange (it does to me) writing 750 words has become such a a part of my life and routine that I really don’t find it hard to do anymore; in fact, it’s missing a day that has become nigh impossible. I tell myself that I may give it a miss just once, to see what that feels like, to show myself that I can do it all over again, or that the badges don’t matter, but when evening rolls around I start to fidget, to fret…once I was even drunk and had just 17 minutes left before midnight, and I was panicking openly and violently! It’s great to be addicted to something good, for once.
Buster, thanks very much for this site, it’s been wonderful and you’re an ace guy!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Smallest Forest on Sat, Sep 25
1 cup

Hey, I’m not gonna lie… I’ve been in a bit of a rut, and then magically, a friend put up a link to on Facebook… I’ve always been the dreaded writer who didn’t write, a million ideas a day and no production… 750words is a brilliant idea, a gentle push to do something I’ve always meant to do… its early going for me, but 750words has been the best thing I’ve done each day this week so far… and it feels great. Thanks for the service you’ve provided.

Testimonial Note from Thomas McDonald on Fri, Sep 24
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I’m celebrating receiving my Phoenix badge tonight. Whoo Hoo!!! I can’t tell you how tickled I was to see the new badge after I wrote tonight. Whee!

Way back a few months ago (like 101 days to be exact), I had a trip to the emergency room for an asthma attack and missed writing my 750 Words after maintaining an 83 day writing streak. It broke my heart. Since then, I’ve been kicking myself about it even though really it wasn’t anything I could have helped. Stuff happens, after all.

Yet, as I neared 100 this past couple weeks, for some reason I can’t explain, I found myself dragging when it’s come to writing my words.

This note is to help remind anyone at that kind of point to just keep putting one word after another. They don’t need to be brilliant… not every day is a gold letter one. But each day is one more closer to the end of the month, to the next goal, and badge. And when you get there? THAT feels pretty darn good.

Thanks for such a great site, buster!!

Testimonial Note from Gaelyne Gasson on Thu, Sep 23
2 cups

This is my weird way of celebrating reaching 100 days. I’m happy to add to this great charity.

Double Down on Charity Note from Gaelyne Gasson on Thu, Sep 23
2 cups

I made it 83 days and had a set back, but I got back in the game immediately and finally reached the Phoenix Badge. This is my weird way of celebrating – with lots of Coffee-Note sharing! Enjoy!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Gaelyne Gasson on Thu, Sep 23
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from James Edward Hervey on Wed, Sep 22
2 cups
More badges

Not so much a new feature I suppose, but I love the badges and am actually aiming to collect as many as possible (a full set would be epic, because I’m lame like that) and I imagine I’m not alone in that, so more badges would be ace, though I admit I, alas, cannot think of any to suggest.
I would suggest a little more information on how to get them though, like what hours exactly would earn one a rooster or bat badge?

New Feature Request Note from Amy Lawn on Wed, Sep 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Amy Lawn on Wed, Sep 22
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Amy Lawn on Wed, Sep 22
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Change My Login Method

I’d love to be able to change my login method. I recently migrated my Google account to my own domain, so all my Google stuff is under that new account. Except for 750 Words. I have to log out of all of my other stuff every time I want to write my pages. (I can’t use Google Multiple Logins for a variety of reasons.)

I have a good streak going, so I’m putting up with it for now, but I’d love to be able to migrate it with the rest of my stuff.

Maybe allow a user to do it once? Maybe it costs them a cup of patronage?

New Feature Request Note from Blake Evans on Mon, Sep 20
2 cups

Keep writing, folks!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah Kamal on Sun, Sep 19
1 cup
XML/CSV export

It would be nice to have xml/csv export of all the data:
1. for backup
2. for analyzing it by myself
Added to getsatisfaction too :)

New Feature Request Note from Boris Churzin on Wed, Sep 15
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I think it’s a really good way to encourage positive habits. I hadn’t considered why distractions were bad, but did much more so after realizing that there was a badge for not being distracted. I think badges help me improve the way I do my writing.

New Feature Vote from Ellen Chisa on Tue, Sep 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

For me, the badges are highly motivating. Also fun!

New Feature Vote from Jess Adams on Tue, Sep 14
1 cup

There are many sites and books out there that tell you to just go with the moment and write what’s in your brain, but 750 Words takes it a step further and keeps tabs on your progress. It’s a powerful thing to actually see the day’s Counter tick down with every word.written. It gives you an incentive to write more. It also helps to identify recurring themes in your own writing that you may not be aware of. I absolutely love this site!

Testimonial Note from Kia Iak on Sat, Sep 11
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I remember how I got started with this site. A few of my writing buddies signed up for it. This was July 1st. I signed up, forgot about it, and then came back on July 3rd with renewed interest. I liked the idea. I found out I was a few days late for signing up for the July challenge. But I stuck to writing daily. I have always enjoyed the idea of the morning pages. I wrote steadily for 67 days, often at night, mostly using the site as a place to brainstorm plots for my writing. I was an albatross! A phoenix was within my grasp.

And then on the 68th day, I totally forgot and I fell asleep before I could write.

I woke that morning regretting it deeply. I had done so well! I spent a weekend camping without Internet access, and through the miracle of being able to manipulate what time zone I live in, I still managed to get my 750 words done. So what if I had to say I lived in Fiji for a day? It meant that for the one full day I was gone, I could fix things. I switched it back to Alaska (hey, I’m a night owl) when I returned.

I enjoyed the site because I could use it mostly for thinking about plot and plot points. I work full time in addition to trying to write a novel, so sometimes it just helped to repeat myself to remember what I had to do. Sure, when I had to kill a character (as writers often do) my “stats” registered as me being mostly concerned with death, and they always say that I talk a lot about other people (the characters), but I can take that all with a grain of salt. It’s just the site trying to help.

Then, a few weeks ago I started treating the site as a blog. I would mostly forget about talking about writing, or I’d squeeze it in at the end. According to my stats, I was going through a very negative phase, because lately, my life hasn’t been all peaches and cream. But I already have a personal Livejournal (in addition to my very public one) and this site is (for me) about brainstorming, about clearing these thoughts from my head before getting started on actual-writing. I didn’t like the way this was going, because it felt like I was wallowing. Maybe my head needed clearing, but I just can’t stand negativity and after I wrote it, I didn’t feel any better or clear-headed.

(At this point, I’m not saying that the site should only be used for brainstorming, but it’s helped me. Whatever the reason for needing to clear your head, it’s a good idea.)

So when I failed for the first time, it was this past Wednesday. I thought I would put it off until bed. Then I fell asleep. As I said, I hated losing my albatross badge for it. And then I had a thought: Y’know, this could either go one of two ways. I could give up forever (after all, we’re getting into a busy season and I’ll be at a writing conference in October) or I could do what I said I would do on the Monthly Challenge Pages if I ever failed: “Pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep writing.”

Well, I failed. The albatross is gone and I’m left with a friggin’ egg! Yesterday, Friday, I let things slide deliberately, even though I logged my writing for Thursday. The decision has come to today. So, what do I do?

Maybe I don’t use the site in the same way that other people do. Maybe I need to take care of myself, and even put my actual-writing first. Maybe I’ll fail again, like at the Writing Conference, and I’ll be punished with another egg. There are so many excuses.

Yet I did my writing today despite that. And I intend to use this site better, really for plotting instead of wallowing. Maybe I’ll fail again. But there is one great lesson I keep having to re-learn just because I’m so good at forgetting:

We all have our bad days. Not every day is going to go as planned. The only thing we can do is dust ourselves off and keep writing.

Besides, eggs make great omelettes.

(And maybe on the site, I might move to Fiji. Or maybe Auckland. What’s a writer, if not a dreamer?)

Testimonial Note from L.S. Taylor on Sat, Sep 11
1 cup
More badges!

This is probably because I am a total child, but I love the reward system of getting badges for certain achievements on the site. I just wish there were more! I guess the trick is not to make them so easy to achieve that they lose value, but I notice that once someone has written 30 days, they could have obtained almost all the badges and that awesome part of the site, the badges, becomes irrelevant to them. Thanks for listening!

New Feature Request Note from Thor McCready on Sat, Sep 11
1 cup

Just wrote my 750 for the day: about where I was and what was going on in my life on September 11th 2001. I brought back some memories that had been buried for a long time – and I think life’s better for having them back. I wouldn’t have done that without the discipline of daily writing, so – thank you, Buster :)

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Lay on Sat, Sep 11