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

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After I’ve run out of words to say on, 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
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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
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Take this coffee and go with good grace and godspeed… I shall see you anon, departing this login of tears for fresher pastures having accidentally set up a login under a new email… no time like the present… peace. Tully.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Beverly Army Williams on Tue, Nov 02
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Throwing something into the one month challenge bounty in celebration of another successful one month challenge!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sophie on Mon, Nov 01
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750words made me smile this morning. I wanted to get an early start on my NaNoWriMo writing. 750words let me know when I passed 750 words and when I passed 1667 words. Then, as a bonus, my daily email said that since I had done my writing, I should enjoy my day. And I got a beautiful, red rose! Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Mon, Nov 01
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I’ve been keeping a morning journal for the past ten months, but I’ve never been able to write in it every day, and the length has always varied a lot, from a few sentences to several pages.

With 750 words I’m able to work more concentrated and write more often. It’s a relief to have a word counter, and to be able to write on my laptop (which, to me, is a lot easier and faster than using pen and paper). It’s a great help in my creative writing.

Testimonial Note from ziarah on Sun, Oct 31
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Amanda Clark on Sun, Oct 31
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This is my first month coming. I am so glad I stumbled across this website and because I signed up for the challenge(which I will succeed) I wanted to be able to give myself and everyone else participating an even great incentive.

Here’s one more cup to the bounty!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Randy Hanson on Sat, Oct 30
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I’ve just had my first miss day here on the site and let me just say that I’m really kicking myself for it. And just to add insult to injury, I went from being a Flamingo to be an egg. An EGG. Way to kick a girl when she’s down! However, this has motivated me not to space out on my word count goals. I am bound determined to earn that pterodactyl badge. Thanks for making me obsessed with internet badges that make me crank out some amazing short stories and get things off my mind, 750Words :]

Testimonial Note from Andy Baumann on Sat, Oct 30
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Just a quick thank you— I’ve attempted morning pages for years, but never managed to complete more than two weeks in a row. And because of, I’m on a 107 day streak. Thanks for making this space for us.

Testimonial Note from Jolie Guillebeau on Sat, Oct 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Adam Christopher Quirk on Fri, Oct 29
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For the first time in the many times I’ve done the Artist’s Way, I am doing my Morning Pages daily. I’m in week 8 and have only missed one day. It wouldn’t be possible without 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Oct 28
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An iPhone/iPad app

Offline access

New Feature Vote from Alex Shchedrin on Wed, Oct 27
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Show up and keep writing! I missed one day in September—technical difficulties— the worse kind of miss. And here I am just days away from a turquoise horse. When I mention this to non-750ers eyes just roll. Well, THEY don’t know what they’re missing!
giddy up! Donna-Grace

One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna Grace Noyes on Tue, Oct 26
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How is the top 100 list figured?

An explanation of how the top 100 list is computed in a FAQ somewhere on the site.

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Tue, Oct 26
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I can’t imagine a day without my morning words. Actually, I can but it is a very unpleasant thought :-).

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Tue, Oct 26
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Double Down on Charity Note from Phil Oakes on Tue, Oct 26
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I’m loving this site. Keep writing, people!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rocky Nguyen on Mon, Oct 25
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My most recent pleasant surprise on 750words was seeing the incredibly awesome new pterodactyl appear in my list of badges. That wasn’t the first grin-inducing little thrill, and I know it won’t be the last. This site keeps me writing – silly little motivators, analysis of my moods and word frequencies, and just plain being there up and running (despite all kinds of technical issues) all contribute to it. I’ve been reluctant to comment on the magic, lest somehow it fade. I’m confident now – what pterodactyl isn’t confident? This is a fantastic thing here. Thank you, so much, Buster. NaNoWriMo, here I come.

Testimonial Note from Cislyn Smith on Mon, Oct 25
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After several months of writing, I finally earned my first Phoenix this week! The little confidence boost remains much appreciated!

Now,.on to the flying dinosaur! (Thanks a lot!)

Testimonial Note from Dominique Cordero on Mon, Oct 25
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Why are there so many flaming albatrosses?

Testimonial Note from Thor McCready on Mon, Oct 25
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I feel better every day after completing my words. I have tried to keep up with morning pages for years and I never did, but 750words hits exactly the right spot to keep me in the habit.

Testimonial Note from Calvin Spealman on Sun, Oct 24
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Extended 'inactivity' before needing a new password - when 'writing a note of inspiration'

Last night, and this has happened before, I was writing a note of inspiration. I was very pleased with it – contents and composure – and just I was about to hit send, the box disappeared and my secret word was demanded. Secret word accepted, the box had disappeared and all my words were lost.

My god, I was gutted. I literally could not be bothered to re-write it – as I have before.

Buster, please can you tinker with the code – so that when you’re writing in the boxes you aren’t interrupted for your secret word, and then lose all your writing?

It’s incredibly frustrating :( I’ve decided to use my cups this month requesting this new feature, rather than encouraging others to go for in for NaNoWriMo.

(Aside, I was saying that I think that 750words is such a prime space for working on NaNoWriMo – and just marvellous in general).

I’d better go before this all gets wiped too..!


New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Oct 24
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Double Down on Charity Note from Michelle Clarke on Sun, Oct 24
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This has been a very challenging year for me as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. I have endured 4 surgeries, last one a mastectomy. I found this site around the beginning of the month. I really like the nice “safe” place I can write whatever is on my mind. It helps me to get focused and stay focused. I have signed up for the November challenge and I will be participating in NaNoWriMo (again) this year as well. Thank you Buster, I love the site it has helped more people in more ways than you will ever know.

Testimonial Note from Michelle Clarke on Sun, Oct 24
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Improve the daily reminder email

I’m not 100% sure this isn’t already implemented, but the other day, I’m fairly certain that I wrote my note, and then received the e-mail anyway. Would it be possible to disable the e-mail if you’re ahead of the game and have already written your 750 words? Because otherwise it’s redundant. Then again, I may be mysteriously imagining the whole thing.

New Feature Vote from Leah Felicity Lucci on Sun, Oct 24
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On my third month. Love it. Wish I could get back the two days I missed. A testament to two busy days that I couldn’t get beyond.

Testimonial Note from Thom Mak on Sun, Oct 24