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

10 cups

My goodness, 1000 days and one million words. I started thinking maybe a month of daily writing would be a good deal… and I just kept going. Which is the point, isn’t it? Practice and keep practicing, write and keep writing, even when you think you have nothing to say. At least a third of those million words were me typing along about the weather or my socks. :)

Testimonial Note from Ti Locke on Tue, Jan 19
40 cups

Today’s a banner day! After several false starts, I finally managed an uninterrupted year of writing every day and hit the million word mark to boot.

I’m lousy at routines. Terrible. So for me to manage to do anything every single day for a full year is pretty close to unprecedented. But I can tell the effect. With my family situation the way it is, it’s tough sometimes to have the time to really sit down and concentrate. In the past, that’s meant I’ve let days and weeks slip by without writing at all, and when I finally got the chance, I was rusty and wasted yet more time trying to feel fluent again.

2015 was not a kind writing production year, but despite that, thanks to 750words, I haven’t felt that rustiness. Maybe I haven’t produced what I’ve wanted to produce, but I’ve produced something. Like any kind of physical workout, simply getting some writing done and working that part of my brain is far more beneficial than being inactive.

But what I DIDN’T expect was the million word mark. I save 750words largely for the bits and pieces of various scenes that come to me plus notes of things I’ve seen here and there that have to do with whatever fic I’m writing. What I never stopped to calculate was how MUCH I was actually writing. Maybe it’s not a coherent whole, but it’s still far more than I dreamed I was generating.

And I have to say, the monthly challenges, the badges and the idea of not breaking a streak has really made a difference for me as much as having the venue to sit down and simply let the words flow. I’m a procrastinator by nature, and while I love my writing, I tend to put it off because my inclination is to put the things that ‘need’ to get done first. Adding the weight of a challenge and a goal, however small earning a badge is, has forced me to make something I love — and not only what others need — as a priority. And I have needed that.

So thank you, 750words! I’m off for 500 and who knows…maybe one day there’ll be a 2 million badge to earn, too. :)

Testimonial Note from NocturnalRites on Mon, Jan 18
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Stephanie Vella on Sun, Jan 17
22 cups

I’m writing for the first time in over a year. I “completed” a novel for NaNoWriMo 2014 and have not written a word on it or on 750 words since. Must have run out of words! I’ve missed my daily purging habit here on WORDS. It was such a part of my daily practice. Yesterday I began reading Louise Hay’s “Finding Water” , and it seems to be just the jolt I needed to prod me back into this wonderful habit. Join me as I begin again at day one. I’ve wanted so many times to begin editing and rewriting “Storm!”. In the month-long creative process I realized that I AM a writer, I am creative, I am self-disciplined … and then I stopped. Self-doubt, my old foe, landed back in my life like a falling pachyderm. I’m back, and spending all my cups at once, making a commitment to myself and to you that I will accept responsibility for doing consistent writerly things.

Testimonial Note from giles vaden on Sun, Jan 17
1 cup

In today’s world of distractions and thoughtless writing, 750 Words provides a great framework to develop the habit of writing. After all, life is nothing but a series of habits and experiences. That’s why it’s important to make your habits intentional and your experiences amazing. Thanks for providing the tool to create one of the best habits around!

Testimonial Note from Brad Mason on Sat, Jan 16
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Valeria Souza on Sat, Jan 16
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Valeria Souza on Sat, Jan 16
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Fri, Jan 15
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Natalie H on Fri, Jan 15
1 cup

This really isn’t a testimonial, more of a question that I cannot seem to find an answer to. I notice that some of the pages of writers stats have the weather at the time of writing. But I don’t see how that feature is turned on. Is it random or is there a way to include that on your stats page?

Testimonial Note from Kaylois on Thu, Jan 14
20 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Johnny Marr on Thu, Jan 14
1 cup

I’m the world’s worst procrastinator and there is an evil demon in my head that likes to tell me I’m crap and can’t write anything that is any good, this site is helping me put fingers to keys every day and overcome the nasties! Thanks.

Testimonial Note from lucy moore on Wed, Jan 13
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Josh on Wed, Jan 13
1 cup

Happy New Writing Year to Me!! I made my 1500-day streak a few days ago and today a new badge, 1 million words!! Exciting and love the badges and the streak alerts! Thanks for this encouraging site!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Mon, Jan 11
11 cups

I have been calling myself a “writer” since I was 19. At some point out of high school, I had decided to commit to the idea, and also the pursuit of some career related to writing. I am 23 now. Over the span of this four years, I have gone from imposter to frequent writer to imposter to occasional writer to imposter to self-loather. Expectations, internal or external, can be crushing.

When it comes to writing, there’s only one idea that remains a north star in a desert of mirages. You have to write. Write, write, write – write all the time. Is it good? Who knows? Is it bad? Who cares! What’s important is you are writing. And whether you are doing it as a form of meditation or a purging of emotions or to improve, you are [email protected]#$$%^ doing it.

Look, I have not been perfect on this site. Far from it. But this is an amazing platform to encourage that fearless consistent writing. One day turns into two and before you know it, you’ve got three months worth of essays, from how you managed to escape the office before your boss spoke to you about an internal theft in the company, to coping with the death of your father, to your impending divorce, to your plan to write a screenplay for a Pixar movie.

It’s quite magical, and God, you are doing it! High five!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 11
1 cup
Disk Encryption?

Let’s say I vent/plan about killing my jerk of a neighbor…you know…for plot development. Then some other neighbor beats me to it in exactly the same way…because…you know…karma.

So now it is up to this website to release the evidence. But if I were able to encrypt my text each day with my own password, this website can go right ahead and release the evidence.

Also, were there the remote possibility of a likelihood that if someone were to hack in and extract the data then inexplicably link my username to my real self…well…I would be slightly mortified.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 10
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Kevin Gregory Agwaze on Sun, Jan 10
5 cups

two things:
1. in dealing with sh*tty-acting people, it can be detrimental to just vent about it. some people have a tendency to death spiral, which might feel empowering in the short term, but i’ve found for myself just lends itself to dwelling and despair. so, i moved to taking a more journalistic eye and describing the situation in as objective and verifiable way as possible, and then moving on to an analysis and interpretation of the situations. for whatever reason the initial “objective” description was useful in being able to zoom out later and develop empathy + consider motivations for peoples’ sh*tty behavior instead of concentrating so much on offenses against me, which potentially weren’t allowing me to move on.
2. writing is fundamentally a craft, and so just getting into the practice of it regularly is incredibly useful in and of its own right in improving at it. (well, at least i hope i am improving.)

Testimonial Note from chakkamoru on Sat, Jan 09
1 cup

I’ve made realisations, discovered parts of me that I thought were gone. This site puts you on a journey and I’m excited to see where I’ll end up.

Testimonial Note from Stephen Blythe on Sat, Jan 09
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Sam Hysell on Sat, Jan 09
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’m especially interested in badges that reward different sorts of behavior, for example finishing 750 words even if it took a long time, or starting again after losing a streak. Thanks for everything you do! :)

New Feature Vote from Sentient Human on Sat, Jan 09
2 cups
Data analysis over time

Hey guys, I really like the graphical analysis of the writing I do on this site. It is great to see how mindset is different, and what I seem to be concerned about, etc.. But I would love to see these trends represented graphically over any given time-period, a month, a year, etc…
How did mindset change over time? Where is the focus of the writing content, etc… I think you get what I am saying. There is a wealth of data you manage to represent graphically on a daily basis, and I would love to see this graphed (and exportable to other formats) for extended time periods.
What do you think? Possible to do this? In the works?
Thanks very much!
Ben

New Feature Request Note from Benson Kobi on Sat, Jan 09
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Considering the fact that this website is focused on privacy, ensuring that the user’s writing cannot be sniffed upon is pretty important and should be given a high priority.

New Feature Vote from Kevin Ndung'u on Sat, Jan 09
1 cup

Writing them each morning, I feel like I am home again. I think I might be a writer after all.

Testimonial Note from Cynthia Croot on Fri, Jan 08
1 cup

I am very impress with the value I am getting out of this program. I have been writing and gaining the habit of writing. What makes it easy is you can just do it. What every kind of writing you want to do. It offers a great deal of freedom and builds routine.

Testimonial Note from Barbara Macdonald on Thu, Jan 07
1 cup
Spanish language support

I happen to be Mexican, therefore speak spanish.

I wish my frequently used words would support spanish. All I see are “si”, “la”, “los”.

I need real words to make something about this.

Gracias

New Feature Request Note from René Galindo on Thu, Jan 07
1 cup

I am so depressed.
I write 750 words.
I am not so depressed.
Today was not so bad after all.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 07
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from C. Wood on Wed, Jan 06
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Step Schultz on Wed, Jan 06
5 cups
A better mobile site

I really like using the site on my tablet, but I would love an app for Android that prompted me each day and urged me towards goals and streaks. This seems like it could be nicely integrated with coach.me or some other app as well.

New Feature Vote from Lauren Collister on Wed, Jan 06