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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Fri, Nov 05
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Thu, Nov 04
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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
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Six days ago, my college aged daughter mentioned something about NaNoWriMo. I looked it up and found 750. Sounds great. So I signed up. I began writing on Nov 1 and cannot believe how easy it is flowing. Do not tell me I will hit a glitch now, but for three days running I feel great. PS. I do not know if my daughter is writing or not and I am not telling her that I am. It gets better every day… Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Ken Gresh on Wed, Nov 03
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lisa-Marie Dowler Cabrelli on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup

So unfair living on an island! Lost my power yesterday and my generator failed. I had to drop out of Nov One Month Challenge on only the 2nd day.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lisa-Marie Dowler Cabrelli on Wed, Nov 03
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After I’ve run out of words to say on 750words.com, I use the rest of my words toward repeating positive affirmations. Believe me…it makes a difference to the way I think. And it helps me make a difference in this world. :)

Testimonial Note from Kat Consador on Tue, Nov 02
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I received a Ph.D. over a year ago and have been working in a decidedly un-academic setting ever since (the academic job market is awful right now, as many of you probably know). While I love my job (I teach flying trapeze and other circus arts), I miss writing creatively and academically. 750 words has encouraged me to get back to writing every day, even if it’s drivel. I am now more focused and have developed a prospectus for a new paper that I am very excited to research and write. Funnily enough, it will combine my academic interests with my circus interests. It took this site for me to see that I can work with both disciplines at once and make something interesting come out of the effort. Hooray for 750words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 02
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I’m using 750 Words for NaNoWriMo this year. In fact, 750 Words is part of the reason I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year at all. I’ve done it before but I didn’t think I’d have time, and then the 750 Words blog talked about using the site to keep track of word count. What a fabulous idea! And it works gorgeously. Now let’s just keep our fingers crossed that I can keep up the pace!

Testimonial Note from Jessica Beck on Tue, Nov 02
1 cup

There were nights where I lay my face on the keyboard, whining about how I didn’t feel like writing 750 words that day. But man oh man did I want that purple horse badge. 750 Words has pushed me towards writing everyday and it’s becoming a good habit of mine. There are still some nights where I get the imprints of the keyboard on my face, but those 750 words get done….eventually. Thank you so much! Enjoy the coffee.

Testimonial Note from Torie J on Tue, Nov 02