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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Our Good Members

Sarah Arnold
Gary Wolf
Stephanie A.
Mary
Emily J.
Kate Rutter
Ghost
Heather McMillan
Soul Witch
Patrick Millerd
Rose M McMackin
Aika
Sarah Zou
Jacquie Marroquin
Fabiola Baughman
Lauren Trucksess
Kiyo Stilson
The Noisy Typist
Daisy Chain
Julie W
Yaroslav Yashnyk
Patrick Holbert
Susan Sassi
Joe Lavin
Brendan James
Cassandra Peterson
ju ki
Anna Sadaka
nicole washington
Angela Aguirre
Alex Chasteen
Louis van Wyk
Grace Onorato
Page
Tony Bernhardt
Sang Leng Trieu
Natalia Provatas
Eileen Torpy
Lee Warren
E.H. Granger
Nikunj Mathur
Tom Will Smith
Damien Schreurs
ShinyAeon
scott gallagher
Malory Marlatte
Jack Burden
John Wayne
Chase Poirier
dexter baudelaire
Perrin Rynning
CT
Justine Lackey
Adam Edward Trdan-Schmidt
Rebecca Silliman
Joe McCready
Darby Jack
Christie Buchele
Mari
Chelsea Terris Scott
Jennifer M Kerner
Angela Kolp
Emily Pawley
Marit Sletnes
Noora Anwahi
Deborah Hinton
Kate Hill
Juliet Parrott-Merrell
Bryan Berry
Douglas Allen
Jordana Rosenfeld
Nik Vestberg
Natalie Norton
Kevin Patrick Rolston
Mitch D. Russell
Kirsty Shields
Meredith Curtin
Mary Freier
Nick Clarkson
Claire Anderson
Tash Wong
jane goeke
Tatiana Prue
Lawrence Ballew

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

Day One – Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup
Wall of Resilience instead of Wall of Shame

Shaming is counterproductive to having someone get back in the saddle and try again. I vote for a change of name for the “Wall of Shame” when people fail to meet challenges. Mistakes increase awareness and if viewed in a good like can propel us forward. So I’m for naming the wall something that gives more of a positive incentive to keep trying and to never quit!

New Feature Request Note from Sean MaryHelen Johnson on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Some have recommended being able to re-earn badges or having them stack like poker chips. But new badges would be cool too. I like completing challenges.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup
Improve the homepage

I would love a BADGE button to click on – not only to see all of the badges a person has, but those you can collect – and how to collect them! :-)

I love the badges idea – your little icons are pretty cool for them. I absolutely LOVE this site!!

New Feature Vote from Angela Kolp on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup
a histrogram of cumulative word count for the month

I took part in Camp NaNoMoWri in July. I found that the monthly word count total of 50,000 words to a motivating goal. The website provided a paired bar graph of the number of words written so far that month and the number of words needed to be written to be on track to achieve the goal for the month.
It would be great to have a similar plot on the stats page. It would be even more useful if the user could enter a word total for the month. I was so inspired by my experience in July that I made a similar paired bar graph in an Excel spreadsheet. I passed 50,000 words in July, fell short by several thousand words in August, and just crossed the threshold in September. I am setting my daily goal in October a little higher so that I cross the 50,000 word mark l before the end of the month and any unforeseen interruptions.

New Feature Request Note from Blaine Mooers on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup

Dang it, I just broke my streak! I almost had 100 days. Oh well. I’m still back for more, though. I started 750 words because I remember loving to write as a child. Then I got self-conscious and my writing suffered. I can write whatever I want on this site, and so I just let the words flow. Thank you for creating this website. I am motivated to write, and have become so much more creative.

Testimonial Note from Alex Morgan Madison on Sun, Oct 02
1 cup

I absolutely love this site! Nothing could get me back on track to finish my book but 750words is doing it with no problem!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Oct 02
1 cup
Secure server for writing

SSL is really cheap and easy to install. Some hosts are even giving them away for free. If you need any advice, I’m a techie guy by day (for my sins). Thanks for the awesome platform anyway. Proud to now be a member.

New Feature Vote from Jon Jackson on Sun, Oct 02
1 cup

Every group or virtual friend that is looking to write a book or feel stuck or having a hard time to focus on written I’m recommending the 750 words. The challenge is a must because made me be committed and focus + plus the plain white screen, is a must have to write !

Testimonial Note from MARGOT GOBETTI on Sun, Oct 02
5 cups

Thank you for being here.

Testimonial Note from amber dawn pullin on Sun, Oct 02
5 cups

About a decade ago I was introduced to the Artist’s Way and morning pages, and I was so scared by the idea of meeting my shadow and exploring my mind at this level of intimacy that I put the book away for about 5 years. Fast forward in life, I attended a writing retreat and the subject came up, and I thought “I own that book; I should read it.” The speaker at this event also was an early member of 750 words, and he raved about this as the idea place for writing his pages. So I am writing this note to say thanks to that presenter (name long forgotten) for introducing me to this priceless tool that has become one of my favorite rituals. For one thing, I met myself hear in these pages. So many great ideas and solutions have come through me as a result of this practice. I am equally grateful to all those who have a part in maintaining its existence. As I turned 50 this year, I returned to 750 words and morning pages with a vengeance and a level of commitment that has surpassed even my own expectations. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

Testimonial Note from Crystal Harris on Sat, Oct 01
1 cup
Average Words Per Day

On the This Month page, there would be an additional line item for average words per day.
This would be an average of only the days on which writing had been completed.

I know the goal is only 750, but sometimes it’s hard to just stop at 750.

New Feature Request Note from M Harvey Shahearo on Sat, Oct 01
1 cup

I was worried that this would take up the writing time needed for a script I’m currently working on since I like to use Final Draft. However, this has filled out my characters, and helped me feel much more free writing my story. I copy and paste back and forth between aps as I work.

Testimonial Note from Tracy Pellegrino on Sat, Oct 01
5 cups

i’m in the middle of a difficult time of huge decision-making. i could be all crazy but i’m doing ok. i may have six more months of this ambiguity but i think as long as i continue with morning pages i will be ok. i have written for more than 100 consecutive days now and i think this thinking/writing is helping me to stay relatively even. i will stick with this till the storm passes. till i know what the heck i’m doing. till i send this book to someone who can help me take it to the next level.

Testimonial Note from julia porter on Sat, Oct 01
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Tiff Jones on Fri, Sep 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Catherine Jessie on Thu, Sep 29
1 cup
Folders

With folders, you could sort the 750 (or more) words you’ve done per day not just by month, but by theme. For example, you’d have Folder 1, which you could rename to anything from ‘fluffy unicorns’ and put all the stories about unicorns in, or ‘zombie horror’, and so on. You could also unlock more folders by writing for a certain number of days on end (the sitemasters can, of course, set this), or by cups of coffee. It would be a great way to keep track of ideas.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Clover on Thu, Sep 29
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 29
1 cup
A better mobile site

It would be great to have an app please!

New Feature Vote from Heleana on Wed, Sep 28
1 cup

I cannot believe I have lived this long and not used 750 words before! I mean – where has it been all my life?!? Now that it is in my life, I can’t live without it! Hooray for you, 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Elena Tucker on Wed, Sep 28
1 cup

I never liked writing but I liked taking notes. I discovered the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. One key part of the process is to write for at least 10 minutes in the morning. One of the members suggested this site and I just love it. I write about my day, things to get off my chest and what I plan to get accomplished. I love the stats that come out after your writing and the friendly reminders that come out each day when you miss.

Testimonial Note from Anna nunziata on Tue, Sep 27
1 cup

I love this site. The idea of writing every morning gets me up earlier and so clears my head. It is a perfect watt to start the day. I am excited to see what pours out of me and after I write, I feel 5 pound lighter, at least. I love the analysis of my writing at the end. It serves as a reflection of maybe what I was feeling or letting me know there were things I was not in touch with. I joined this morning as a member. I never want this to go away! Thank you for all you do and for your new baby.

Testimonial Note from Helen Gordon on Tue, Sep 27
1 cup
Improvement in text exportation

Hi there, First of all, thanks a lot for the website, I find it very nteresting. It has already been mentionned but I would find great to have the opportunity to get your own text with respect of the layout we made. Maybe use another files than .txt? And also have some options to make titles, bold, closer to a writing software, if that is possible. Thanks for the great job !

New Feature Request Note from Sonia on Tue, Sep 27
2 cups

Love this 750Words and what it does for my brain! Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Sues Sulley on Tue, Sep 27
5 cups

No words of wisdom or inspiration here, but I agreed to donate $20 if I failed the September challenge so here we are.

Testimonial Note from Bob Suruncle on Mon, Sep 26
1 cup
Preserve line breaks

When one types into the daily page on 750words, one can of course press enter to create a line break. But when the day is saved and one looks back on the writing, single-enter line breaks are ignored (put into one continuous line); only double-enter paragraph breaks remain. For poets and others concerned with line breaks, this is problematic because it “deletes” an aspect of composition for those who are concerned with how the text lays on the page. For prose, it’s no problem. But as a hybrid writer I find myself vexed by this aspect of the auto-save feature. Thank you for making a wonderful website that I’ve happily (and productively) integrated into my writing practice!

New Feature Request Note from lucubratress on Mon, Sep 26
1 cup

750 words is the first and only way I’ve managed to maintain a relatively consistent journal practice. Given how many doctors and therapists have told me this is important in my life, my total inability to maintain a journal beyond three or four days before abandoning it has been annoying to say the least.

Perhaps the most interesting thing over the past couple of months has been the overall increase in my typing speed. I have a job in which I don’t so much type as I cut and paste a lot, and I’ve gone from an average of 35-40 words a minute to something in the high forties. I suppose I type faster if I’m angry, but I’ve consistently been over the 45 mark for the last month or so, and that’s exciting.

Small victories.

Thank you for providing this service.

Testimonial Note from Shadowsinger on Sun, Sep 25
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 25
1 cup
Improve the writing page

It would be fantastic to be able to write things in bold/underlined and have at least two more colours to chose from, would make it much easier to use past writing. Except for that, it’s great.

New Feature Vote from Viviane Lucia on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

750 Words has positively affected my life. I now have a daily routine that I look forward to and that benefits me psychologically, emotionally and allows me to be prepared for the day with a clearer mind than before.

I find that I am experiencing an increasing confidence in communicating with words as my thoughts are getting clearer.

I also I am more confident in writing generally and assignments that I have to write articles, proposals and general documents seem less daunting.

Thank you Kelliane and Buster for this life changing experience!

Testimonial Note from Kenneth Seretse Small on Sat, Sep 24