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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

An unexpected personal reward has started to show itself. I started out taking about 30 minutes to write my 750 words at around 25 wpm. I am now a month in, and I can crank out the 750 easily in 12 minutes maxing out at 80 wpm in some places.

I have never in my life been able to keep a journal for more than 2 days – literally. I am now on my 47th day straight of writing over 750 words, and I haven’t failed to write a single day since I started.

I feel that this site has really improved my life. I feel more focused, and I always come out of this in the morning knowing exactly what I have to do the rest of the day.

Thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Ben Holder on Fri, Jun 25
5 cups

Yesterday I told my sisters that I was about to cross the 100-day mark, and they threatened to tie me up and lock me in a closet all day. Fortunately I thwarted their plans and now I’ve made it to the coveted Phoenix!

In the last 100 days I’ve worked harder on my fiction than ever before in my life, and went though with a major life decision that I had been worrying over for years. I was able to avoid dealing with it until I was forced to dump my brain on a daily basis, and I found my thoughts moving unswervingly back to the same place. Thanks so much for this space, Buster — it’s changed the course of my life.

Testimonial Note from Brook West on Wed, Jun 23
2 cups

I’m just so delighted for my new 100,000 words badge. 100,000 words!!! I hit that a couple weeks ago, and quietly celebrated by myself, but it’s an unexpected treat to see a new badge as well (even though I know there are a few of them coming out of the Badge Machine right now).

Double Down on Charity Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Tue, Jun 22
1 cup

Good luck everyone. Here’s hoping everyone does well.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Joanie on Mon, Jun 21
1 cup

Just reached my Phoenix Badge goal, and thought I’d celebrate by spurring others on towards it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Jun 21
1 cup

My first one month challenge was excellent for getting me in the habit and a damn fine habit it is. I’m not giving up my spot on the wall of Awesome for something as trivial as RL. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jazmin on Sun, Jun 20
2 cups

Without all the stuff: the icons, the charts, the word cloud, the lists of other people, the monthly challenges, the reminder emails, the word count and timers, I would never have found myself where I am this morning, having written for 100 straight days, and having averaged over 1,000 words a day over that stretch.

Thanks so much for this site. It really has changed me in a very positive way. And while the accomplishment is mine, the tools to make it happen belong to you, Buster.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Sun, Jun 20
1 cup
Continue current writing even when a new day starts.

This is simple, don’t kill my writing for the day just because the day ends before I complete my words. The start time should dictate the day of the writing regardless of the end time. Right now the writer gets an error instructing a reload to start writing for the new day.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jun 20
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Ethan Siegel on Sat, Jun 19
1 cup

I’ve long wanted a private but online way of implementing Julia Cameron’s morning pages. Thanks so much for this — and for automated data inferences that are pulled from each entry so that we get a snapshot view of what’s in our stream-of-consciousness. Love those and the little badges as well (okay, I’m still a 5-year old at heart and like my motivating stickers!).

I’m spreading the word re: to all the writers I know!

Testimonial Note from HD Silversmith on Fri, Jun 18
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

Mostly just add some inspiration about what to write. I’d love to help, even – maybe a writing exercise in there, or just a nudge in the right direction to break up writing about just yourself.

New Feature Vote from Christopher Hermelin on Thu, Jun 17
1 cup

This site has made me do some crazy things to get home and pour out my soul – one evening, on my way to a play, I realized that there was no way that I would be able to get home in time to do my customary evening 750 words.

I promptly called my housemate, asked him to bring my computer with him to downtown SF, and bought him a drink for it.

750 words has re-instilled in me the value of writing every day, and now it seems I’ll do anything to keep it going.

Testimonial Note from Christopher Hermelin on Thu, Jun 17
1 cup

This site changed me, everyday I start my morning with the 750 words, luckily I can finish my 100th day yesterday.
Thanks for helping me clarify my brain, brainstorm my ideas, and let me get in touch with myself again.

Now I am a man with a plan and I use this site to plan not just my everyday work, but I plan my life.

thanks so much, :D

Testimonial Note from Tuang Dheandhanoo on Mon, Jun 14
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Feeling pretty accomplished (^___^) after receiving my Phoenix – what’s next?

New Feature Vote from LS Lee on Mon, Jun 14
1 cup

As a new mom, I thought my days of journaling my thoughts were gone forever (or at least for a couple of years!). 750 words has made it possible for me to keep writing, though, and to continue with the reflection and breakthroughs that putting pen to page have always facilitated. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Winfrey on Sun, Jun 13
2 cups
A BlackBerry Application
New Feature Request Note from Pamela Dulaney on Sun, Jun 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Sun, Jun 13
2 cups

I wrote for my 100th consecutive day today. In the past 13 years of trying to write three pages a day it is the first time I have hit this milestone. The silly badges, the word counter, the top 100, the community of writers, the monthly challenge all contributed to my making it this far. The dividends are, as they always are, a clearer head and a happier and more productive me. Thanks for this site Buster. I am beholden.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 12
1 cup

I just got a cheetah badge for being a ‘speedy typist’! Go me!
Here’s hoping writing 750 words a day will improve your typing speed as well…

Testimonial Note from Erin Heiniger on Fri, Jun 11
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Thu, Jun 10
1 cup

750 Words is nothing short of Awesome (as in Captain Awesome. I bet he uses 750 Words every day.). It helps me clear my mind for a day of writing and working productively. It’s like a todo list: the point is to get it out of your head and on to the paper. 750 Words just makes it even more fun.
Also, the interface and design are top-notch. I could just sit here and stare at the beauty of it all.

Testimonial Note from Will Hopkins on Thu, Jun 10
1 cup

I missed a day in my challenge, so here’s a cup for all the winners! I hope you all make it. I know you can do it! And now back to where I left off… :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amadei Fiocchi on Thu, Jun 10
1 cup
titles for journal entries

Someone mentioned this earlier and I agree: the ability to title my journal entries. It would make it easy to find entries later on when am wanting to expand on something that came up in my journal writing.

Thanks again for a fantastic site!

New Feature Request Note from Monica Smith on Wed, Jun 09
2 cups
More Badges!

I would like more badges as it’s the hope of getting that 100 days badge that’s been keeping me writing daily. Maybe a 150 days and 200 days and… just more badges. Getting a gold star as an adult is just plain nice!

New Feature Request Note from Laura Gjovaag on Tue, Jun 08
1 cup
Do list

The narrative reminds me of all sorts of task I need to work on. I’d like to be able to put a “DO:” as they come up and then have the do’s e-mailed to me when I’m finished writing.

New Feature Request Note from Almo Schumann on Tue, Jun 08
1 cup

750 words has helped me de-junk my mind. I am not trying to write compelling stories, just say what I have to say. Sometimes my unspoken thoughts are just plain wrong. When I type them to the site, it suddenly becomes noticable “Wait, that’s not right. It’s not true my spouse NEVER cooks a great meal.” So I am learning that some of my mental talk is gobbledygook. Thanks mucho!!!!!

Testimonial Note from Darrel Huish on Tue, Jun 08
1 cup

Everything from the simple, clean interface where the typing occurs to the reminder emails has helped me become a much more productive writer. Whether I’m brain dumping journal-style or hashing out story notes for a piece of fiction – the site has been a terrific help and motivator.

Testimonial Note from Jesse Nash on Mon, Jun 07
1 cup

Write in good health

Double Down on Charity Note from Lisa Ann Courington on Mon, Jun 07
1 cup
Remove Meta Word

There would be a remove link next to the Meta Word and when you click it, it would be removed :)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 05
1 cup

Never underestimate the power of a cheap icon. I started writing 750 words a day in April, but didn’t go for the challenge; that started in May, and I was doing well. Hadn’t missed a day, hadn’t even skipped a beat. Time to feel smug. Then the stomach flu swept through my house, starting on a day when I hadn’t done my words in the morning. That was a big mistake! As the clock inched its way toward midnight, I managed to find just the right moment between fits of nausea to crawl over to my computer and pound out 751 words. Without cheating! All because I needed that Badge of Awesomeness. Wow. So in the end, score it 750 Words – 1, Intestinal Flu – 0.

Testimonial Note from Jim Meyer on Sat, Jun 05