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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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Veto on Tue, Jul 26
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750 Words has inspired me to keep track of my thoughts and feelings privately, the way I used to journal for myself before I became a professional writer. Practicing my Morning Pages on a daily basis has really cleared my thoughts for the day, and helps me to keep track of what I’m thinking and feeling (and frustrated about!) so I can ponder and then let things go, to get more work done. Even though I have been practicing daily writing this year, I find that 750 Words helps spur me on with its daily reminders, the fun badges I can earn, and that challenge to write something new every day. Thank you for creating such a fun and useful site! I’ve been recommending it to all of my writer pals.

Testimonial Note from Laura Roberts on Mon, Jul 25
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750 words is central to my life. I do not meditate, since i do not want to be calm or centered all the time or even to aspire to be centered all the time. I want every crazy, loving, hateful, chaotic, angry, fearful and frightening emotion i have and with that the supreme ability to act with a shrewd kindness and a cunning empathy or simply choosing which emotions i wish to share and how i wish to share them.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Sun, Jul 24
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New Feature Request Note from Kora Ruli on Sat, Jul 23
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This site has held up a standard for me to aspire to. My consistency has been awful. A smattering of days where I actually write and maybe 2 or 3 days a month when I might hit 750 or get close. I’ve noticed almost a resistance to sitting down at my computer and writing blog articles or working on my book or participating in my groups. It’s almost like I’m hiding in my cave right on the edge of crossing over into my future as a writer, afraid to take the next step in my journey. I could really use a couple of buddies to have more interaction with supporting each other in our growth and writing projects. If this is of interest to you, especially women (I’m a huge champion of womens development and reaching our potential as individuals), please email me at [email protected] OR [email protected] and let’s talk.

If it’s helpful, my writing currently centers around personal development, holistic health, self-care, massage, disability and caregiving issues. I live in California on PST. I’m 55 and have 3 adult children, 1 or 2 of whom are still in my home (depending on circumstances!!).

Testimonial Note from Diana Dee on Thu, Jul 21
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Most of my donations to this site were occasioned by my failure to complete a monthly challenge. Consistency is a daily struggle for me, and the fact that I’ve only successfully finished the monthly challenge once is evidence of my inconsistent nature. Yet here I am, writing a note to thank 750 Words! Why? While 750 Words does bear witness to my failures, it offers a way for me to work through those failures and to clear my mind of its self-deprecating voices. 750 Words is a faithful sounding board: the days that I write here tend to be happier days for me. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to dust myself off and to try again, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Kathleen on Thu, Jul 21
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Well, while I was riding home from a trip to Eugene, Oregon aboard the Amtrak Coast Starlight, I came up with a great idea for a mystery novel. Then I realized that it was going to be a bit hard to write, because I had let my 750 Words subscription lapse and had completely gotten out of the daily writing habit. To be fair to myself, it’s because I started art journaling and focusing on sketching, which is also really fun and good for your brain. But I want to get back into writing now. So I’m hoping my daily prompts will help me get back on track (pardon the pun!).

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jul 21
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In my free trial time, I wrote more than 20,000 words, most of them on unique topics. These mental dumps onto the screen really helped me work through so many hard things going on in the world and in my little corner of it. Quite therapeutic, and occasionally I stumbled on a theme for an essay or article. Thanks for a safe place to write my ramblings.

Testimonial Note from Erin Michaela Sweeney on Wed, Jul 20
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More badges for accomplishments

I like the idea of receiving a unicorn badge for some kind of something unexpectedly. No set goal, just one day BOOM a unicorn comes into the collection of badges.

New Feature Vote from Erin Michaela Sweeney on Wed, Jul 20
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Stack 'Em

I love the badges, very motivating in a nerdy kind of way. I suggest a new feature in which one can earn repeated badges (cheetah speed, for instance) and have them show up stacked on top of each other.

New Feature Request Note from Erin Michaela Sweeney on Wed, Jul 20
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My brain is a messier and less happy place when I’m not using 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Darby Jack on Tue, Jul 19
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More analysis tools like the Losada ratio

the analysis stuff is cool. i like the mood pie charts. One thing I have been trying to track is my Losada ratio Positive/Negative affect ratio. While there is some discussion of the math behind the exact calculation, the idea is sound. Sort of like the PANAS ratio also. there are different ways to calculate it. It is pretty clear that if you have a > 3/1 ratio of positive to negative you are in a good space, less and you are not.

New Feature Request Note from Minister Of Order on Tue, Jul 19
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges inspire me soooo much and push me to keep writing, so I would really love if there were some more <3

New Feature Vote from Nina K on Mon, Jul 18
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I stumbled upon ‘750 Words’ today and after one session, I’ve joined up to be a member. How could I resist venturing over to PayPal to commit to the lowly $5 a month fee? That’s less than I would pay for a vanilla soy latte; less than the cost of yet another self-help book; hundreds less than the cost of a therapy appointment or anxiety meds.

After completing Julia Cameron’s creative workshop “The Artist’s Way” a total of 1.75 times and finding her morning pages crucial to jump starting my day, I know the value of stream-of-consciousness writing. I’ve read and reread all of Natalie Goldberg’s books on writing and I’ve done ‘writing practice’ for decades. But now encumbered with painful arthritic hands, I have to resort to typing my thoughts and out of all the online tools available that I have attempted to employ and failed at continuing to use, ‘750 Words’ is the one program that meets my need to write, to purge the jumble of thoughts in my brain, to make sense of occurrences, to forge ahead in my pursuit of living a creative life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Suzanne Berard Langlois on Mon, Jul 18
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Randy Wileshaw on Sun, Jul 17
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Randy Wileshaw on Sun, Jul 17
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Possible new badge?

Hi,

Today I hit 1.5 million words. Hard to believe. Any way this can become a badge? Next, the thousand days badge…

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Sun, Jul 17
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I love this website. It feels refreshing to just unwind and type whatever I think for a few minutes each day. I’ve started to learn touch-typing so that one day I’ll be good enough to type much faster on here. I’ll be supporting this site whenever I have change to spare (still a student) because I think it is wonderful. Extremely grateful for this space.

Testimonial Note from El Nath on Thu, Jul 14
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Maggie H on Tue, Jul 12
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Emily Dibdin on Sun, Jul 10
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Emily Parsons on Fri, Jul 08
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THANK YOU SO MUCH to the creators of 750 Words! I majored in Creative Writing in college and have been a dabbler all my life, but have struggled so hard to establish a solid writing habit post-graduation. This place is changing that for me after many failed attempts, and I can’t begin to express my gratitude. Although I don’t necessarily succeed every day (my longest sustained streak so far is 12 days) I am finally beginning to take myself and my writing seriously enough to make real time for it. That’s all on you guys and this wonderful site. How much further along I’d be now if I had discovered it years ago! Oh well. One foot (or word) in front of the other, right?

Testimonial Note from Amy Roth on Tue, Jul 05
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750 Words has helped me clear my mind as well as think solve my problems. Using this site has also improved my focus and discipline. Achieving the badges are good too. It has been an eye opening experience and I will be forever changed for the better because of it. Thank You.

Testimonial Note from Steven Starr on Mon, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m a particular fan of badges that reward a different type of commitment than the type rewarded by current badges. For example, a badge for restarting on the site after a break, or for finishing 750 words 10 days in a row even if it always takes a long time, etc.

New Feature Vote from Sentient Human on Mon, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments

I seriously love this site. Now while I haven’t received all available badges (because I can’t seem to maintain a streak beyond 2-3 months oops), I have always come back to it after a period of absence and I love it. Maybe a “back on the horse” badge after maintaining a monthlong streak after a period of absence of a few weeks? I realize this would be a hard one to get for people who do write every day but it would be encouraging for people like me. Seriously I love this site. I don’t use it for creative writing, I use it to work through any issues I have on my mind at the moment without worrying about messing up my paper journals or worrying about anyone reading it at some point (my kid, my spouse, or anyone really).

New Feature Vote from Alexandra Sourisseau on Mon, Jul 04
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I have written on and off here at 750 Words.com for the past few years. One thing that I have noticed is that when I start my writing session with 750 words my writing is clearer and stronger and gives me the courage to move forward with the piece I am working on. I find that my daily entries here are like a warm up exercise before the actual writing. It truly helps me out tons. I have been gone for awhile and just came back and now that my writing will be much better once I start writing here again. I love the badges, the motivational tools and emails we receive. This site truly rocks and is a much for any writer. Thank you 750 Words.com. You guys rock!! :)

Testimonial Note from William P. Gerace on Sat, Jul 02
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I’m so inspired by how much you fellow-writers are writing each day, by your level of commitment and determination – it’s really awesome. I’ve been an ‘on and off’ writer for so long – for TOO long, and that’s because I didn’t believe in myself, I didn’t take my writing ability seriously. Yes, I learnt the hard way that no matter how determined I think I am, staring at a blank page all day and ‘willing’ the words to come just doesn’t cut it! I’ve got to put the work into it, the sweat and tears, and physically get my fingers moving across the keyboard. But there’s been such a dramatic shift in my personal life just now – someone screwing us over can make us either sink or swim and I choose to swim – that suddenly, I’m thriving. I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone and doing things I never thought I could, I’m believing in myself, and I’m proud of myself. I’m proud to be writing about it and I’m even prouder to be a part of such a great writing community.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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I needed a place to write that was simple, convenient, and provided metadata tracking. Done and done. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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Thanks for the site! I just completed the June challenge. I used this site in fits and starts in 2012 and made a renewed effort this year. It’s been helpful all this spring. And now, in summer, I’m moving forward on a larger writing project, so supplementing this with “Write or Die” sessions. Besides my own writing, I have used this site in the classroom (30day trial)—8 am M-F intensive course—we all sat and wrote for ~15 mins each morning and then carried on with discussion and writing for the next 1hr45m. Thanks for the badges. :)

Testimonial Note from T. M. Russ on Fri, Jul 01
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges are surprisingly motivating! 50 days seems worth a badge, too, though.
I like the 10-day behavior badges (hamster, cheetah) and wish there were more options like that—and that they were “live” (or brighter/bolder) when they still apply and greyed out or something if they were once acquired but not part of the current streak. Or just duplicated…earned again and again.

New Feature Vote from T. M. Russ on Fri, Jul 01