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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Text analysis for the French language.

New Feature Vote from David Allouche on Tue, Aug 03
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About a year ago I was doing Morning Pages regularly and got really into it. Things happened and the writing went by the wayside. Once I found this site, I thought I’d try it and now I’m hooked on daily writing again! And I would like to commend you, Buster, for having such wonderful insight into the human psyche, because having something to work toward really helps. We all want our gold star for doing well and with this site, we get it! So thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Aug 03
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750 words has done so much, it’s helped me think about everything that’s going on, plot everything from stories to my finances, get rants out of my system, and generally just have a hell of a lot of fun. Love it <3

Testimonial Note from Amy Lawn on Mon, Aug 02
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Just wanted to say thank you for such an inspired site. I’ve always loved the idea of morning pages, but while I found them helpful, I loathed every minute of having to write long hand.

This site is such a simple idea, but so very helpful and beautifully implemented. I’ve just finished my first month’s challenge – a mix of general waffle about my day, story ideas and mentally working through problems in my life. Writing my 750 words is now one of my favourite parts of my day.

Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Georgina Allen on Mon, Aug 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Mary Stepanek on Mon, Aug 02
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New Feature Vote from Mary Stepanek on Mon, Aug 02
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750 Words single handedly all but saved my writing habits. I had gotten out of the habit of writing every day (outside of November, for NaNoWriMo), and my writing career had come skidding to a halt until a friend of mine recommended the site, and now I’m probably two thirds of the way through my next novel and writing at a pace that I never would have achieved without 750 Words. It’s been a lifesaver, it really has.

Testimonial Note from Mary Stepanek on Mon, Aug 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Aug 01
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I’d like to make a confession. I missed the midnight deadline. So… I reset my timezone to the mid Atlantic.

I realize this is not on. And I’m really sorry. I hope this charity note makes up for it. Please don’t make me move to the mid Atlantic. I just couldn’t face failing another monthly challenge on the very first day!

Double Down on Charity Note from Allan C. Lloyds on Sun, Aug 01
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I completed my first One Month Challenge in July, and hope to complete a second in August, and a third in September and so on… I would urge everyone to try their absolute best to complete at least one One Month Challenge, because the sense of achievement at the end is great! I’m on a 38 day streak at the time of writing, too, and really looking forward to getting my Phoenix badge come day 100. This is the first time in my life I’ve written every day for more than a month (thank you, NaNoWriMo, a challenge everyone should have a go at too!) and it feels really great to have done that.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sophie on Sun, Aug 01
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This site is truly awesome. It keeps me writing (almost) everyday and by writing everyday, I’ve started a creative writing blog. Thanks Buster for the inspiration…

Testimonial Note from JM Hart on Sun, Aug 01
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New Feature Vote from Dan on Sun, Aug 01
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750 words has given me the outlet to write out my thoughts, do writing exercises in books I’ve been reading and to get into the habit of writing each day. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Dan on Sun, Aug 01
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adjustable word goal

In customization, there could be a secondary word goal following the 750 set up, so writers could try for reaching more words than 750 (especially, say for the month of November during NaNoWriMo), with a badge for doing that for a month as a possible feature?

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Kamal on Sun, Aug 01
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FANTASTIC – my third try and I’ve gotten through the monthly challenge, even as I take care of my little toddler and work through a dissertation. I’ve always had a journalling habit, but it ported itself across many analogue and digital media until 750words made it easy to plonk everything down quickly online every day. Now I feel I have earned the right to go visit my father for a two week trip, putting my writing aside…and I am doubly encouraged to monthly challenge again, but this time with the prize of ferociously mocking Zhan Li, who introduced me to 750words, if I make it. Sweet victory will be mine…

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kamal on Sun, Aug 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Michael Busuttil on Sun, Aug 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Michael Busuttil on Sun, Aug 01
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Michael Busuttil on Sun, Aug 01
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New Feature Vote from Melissa Shearer on Sun, Aug 01
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750 Words has been a great tool for me over the past few months. I reflect, I plan, I dream and sometimes I vent during my daily writing exercise.

750 Words provides a nice stable framework to help me remain disciplined to write every day.

Thanks for developing it and sharing it. I hope this small contribution helps with the site’s costs.

Testimonial Note from Doug Dawson on Sat, Jul 31
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Woot! Woot! I feel like a champion. I mean, the badges are nice, and do inspire me in a childish way to keep going, even when I think I don’t have anything to say. But finishing the one month challenge makes me really feel like I’ve accomplished something. Plus, well, I wanted the badge.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Masonic Boom on Sat, Jul 31
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I am a calmer, saner, more rational person since I started having a safe place on the internet to spew my thoughts. I no longer lash out on internet messageboards, I save my angst and my anger up, and I write it out, pounding the keys until my head is cleared, I know what I actually think, instead of just reacting, and then I’m able to return to the world without biting people’s heads off.

Testimonial Note from Masonic Boom on Sat, Jul 31
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Thank you for all you do!

Double Down on Charity Note from Pamela Dulaney on Fri, Jul 30
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Sara Chatfield on Fri, Jul 30
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How has 750 Words NOT affected me? I mean, Buster’s fantastic web app is worth it’s weight in Zip Drives. That didn’t come across correctly. Let me try this tack: I intend on implementing it in my classroom this fall. I find so much value in it as the perfect modernization of Cameron’s Morning Pages exercise that I’m going to impose it on my English students. I’m experiencing pre-emptive withdrawals as I consider my forthcoming family vacation when I know I’ll be “off the grid” for a week. I hate sacrificing the “points” let alone the catharsis!

Thanks, BB!

Testimonial Note from Eric Nentrup on Thu, Jul 29
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I downloaded what I had written during the month of July so far and it was more than 40 pages — single spaced!
750words.com is a great tool for blocked dissertation writers. Thanks a lot!

Testimonial Note from Marcos Rohena Madrazo on Wed, Jul 28
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More text analysis

Support for French language analysis. I write my journal in French, and the English analysis is mostly useless.

New Feature Vote from David Allouche on Wed, Jul 28
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Since we don’t know what we think until we see it written down, I am grateful to the site for introducing me to my own mind. Since we can be sure that no-one can read what we have written unless we want them to, I am grateful to the site for giving us all the confidence to let loose. Truly, a benefit!!

Testimonial Note from simon weller on Tue, Jul 27
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Improve the writing page

A “preview HTML” link would solve all my problems with mangled formatting. (Even the best of us sometimes forget to close a tag!)

New Feature Vote from Rikki Hyperion on Mon, Jul 26
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HTML export

While the text export is an obvious necessity, the option to export our monthly archives as an HTML file would be super keen.

New Feature Request Note from Rikki Hyperion on Mon, Jul 26