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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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from David Dorman on Sat, Jan 14
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In this era of fear and anxiety in the world, it is so nice to have a place where I can spill all of my frustrations, anger and sadness onto the paper without fear of rebuttal. I can be myself and separate myself from the “stuff” the rest of the world throws at me and get back in touch with the real “me.”

As a writer, this practice had primed my creative pump and not only have I written here daily, but my volume of writing outside of this site has increased tremendously and the quality has improved.

Sometimes like the morning exercise routine (that I have yet to begin) it takes discipline to take those 15-20 minutes to invest in myself and my writing, but I always feel better when I am finished.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 14
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Reset all Progress

Wipe clean all badges, word-count records, and all-time word-count, letting a person start over without having to create a new account.

It’s very frustrating to break a long streak, and starting again without the prospect of badges along the way feels like a long, bleak road. The reset would keep the account intact, but let the milestones begin again..

Obviously, it would have to be something that you couldn’t trigger by accident, but I think it could really help those who have hit the “why bother?” feeling, when a long streak gets broken.

New Feature Request Note from Kell Willsen on Sat, Jan 14
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Today marks 2,500 days in a row of writing for me, less a number of days when I was traveling and had no online access. This site is the reason I have been able to keep writing. As much as I hate to admit it, the badges, reminders, challenges and statistics have been motivating, especially early on.

I had never kept a journal before, and actually had started one a week before I learned about 750 Words. This became my journal, and it is the place I come to every morning to reflect on what is happening in my life. It is a great refuge, and I deeply appreciate it, and the work Buster and Kellianne have done and continue to do.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Sat, Jan 14
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FAQ on Account Suspension or Termination

From 750 FAQs, it’s not clear if an account can be suspended or only terminated. It’s looking like I won’t be able to afford the monthly fee anymore— So once my subscription runs out, what happens to my account?

New Feature Request Note from River Seeks Ocean on Fri, Jan 13
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Writing clarifies. Especially when you don’t feel like it. This is the genius of 750 words. More than once I have started a piece thinking it would be rubbish, only to read the result and be amazed at the clarity of thought it produced. Thanks Kellianne and 750words.

Testimonial Note from James Kell on Fri, Jan 13
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i believe the arts cannot be measured, it can only be experienced. the same can be said of writing as it too is an art. its intent is to communicate to an audience, whether it’s to many, an individual, or to the self. i cannot say if the content of my morning pages is of any worth to anyone but me. what i can say is that 101 days ago, i didn’t write. and today, with 100 day streak i have written close to 100k words. only a tiny fraction of those words have actually been creative breakthroughs and far fewer of them have furthered the development of the story i’m currently writing… but that for me is well worth it. it’s a road that must be travelled if i am to get anywhere. thank you.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 10
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The year of 2016 is not the best year in my life. Whenever I look back, what I can remember are mostly the setbacks. Every year is like a roller coaster, indeed, but it felt like I kept going down in 2016. However, one day, one of my friend told me that there must be happy moments in everybody’s life, and those simple words of him reminded me that I indeed have happy moments beside those setbacks.

One of the happy moments in 2016 is the day I started writing on 750words.com. I was mostly not in a good state of mind for the second half of the year, but 750words.com helped me to go through the days, everyday. There were times when I was confused, anxious, nervous, or scared, and 750words.com relieve those depressing emotions. There were times when I couldn’t trust anybody, so I decided to “talk to myself” through 750words.com. It has been my sanctuary, my secret escape, especially when I thought I had nowhere to go.

I have a good expectation for this year, and having a positive mind is a good way to start the year, right? I will try to continue writing everyday. Let’s see what surprises this year has prepared for me. Happy writing for all 750words.com writers out there!

Testimonial Note from Nabila on Tue, Jan 10
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Cheryl A Ferrell on Mon, Jan 09
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I’m back at 750 words after a two or three year break….I can’t remember. In the last four days I’ve written over 6000 words. I love this site because I have so much stuck inside of me, and I can put it all down here without someone telling me “you talk too much”. I am “too much” of a lot of things, big feelings, big deep conversations, big hair (haha), but most of all big dreams. I listened to the dream killers so long in my life…not any more. I’m going to fulfill some dreams, which include writing, photography, travel, cooking…I think I love this quote the most about writing “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou. I am in that agony sometimes, I don’t want the stories to be untold any more.

Testimonial Note from Kristen A on Mon, Jan 09
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UGH! I was so close to reaching 365 journal entries! Last week, on Day 303, I wrote 430 words, stopped to take a nap, woke up, and forgot to finish the entry. It was a valuable lesson though. I took a day off to recover from the feeling of discouragement. I realized how much writing on this site has come to mean to me—how my day doesn’t feel complete without it, how I need daily brain dumps, how I have come to solve problems by writing through them, and how much a writing practice means to me. I love this site so much.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Wallace on Sun, Jan 08
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This site has helped to focus my thoughts, expel my anxiety and energize my other projects. For awhile I was beginning each entry with a haiku, which was sometimes annoying when I wanted to just jump in and vent, but the enforced focus actually became a calming process that unplugged me from the world before entering the world of 750 words. I set a goal of writing a thousand haikus and after a few years I think I surpassed that number. Maybe there are only 15 good ones but hey! the act of writing a daily haiku was facilitated by my daily journal habit. I also LOVE the little compressed word data from each entry that is like some freaky distilled poem in and of itself. Thank you for this wonderful site. If I were super rich I would pay you guys to make it free again and get high school kids everywhere started on it. Thank you thank you thank you.

Testimonial Note from Nan Ciele Ansfird on Sat, Jan 07
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More badges for accomplishments

Hi, I am back on 750 words after a break of more than a year. I tried to keep up the writing habit on my own but it gradually faded away. Now I am making a new commitment but I realise it will be a long time before I see a new badge. How about a ‘revenant’ badge for people making a new start, perhaps after a streak of thirty days?

New Feature Vote from Elspeth Morrison on Sat, Jan 07
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I cancelled my 750words account a while ago in a cost-cutting exercise, but found that I missed it and came crawling right back. It’s an important part of my routine

Testimonial Note from Joseph James on Sat, Jan 07
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Improve the homepage
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 07
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I have been getting up at 6:00 and writing 750 words before doing anything else – due to schedule changes I have to write later on Wednesdays – last Wednesday I felt incomplete all day, and realised in the afternoon that I hadn’t been able to start the day with 750 words – i’ve established a habit! I was so thrilled to discover that! It’s the first habit I’ve consciously set up – thanks Buster and Kellyanne

Testimonial Note from kate beswick on Sat, Jan 07
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“It’s not easy writin’ about nothing”, I think it was Patti Smith who started her M Train book with a line, something like that. It true but trying to find 750 meaningful words does make me look at the world more attentively and for that I’ll have another cup of coffee. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Kirsten Moller on Fri, Jan 06
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I am so grateful how I am growing a daily desire to write because of 750words.com. I thought about just doing this in Word, but I love knowing there are so many other people with the same desire here. This is so encouraging. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Tammy Hudson on Thu, Jan 05
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I just googled an “online journal” but did not expect to find anything as awesome as this. My favorite features are the metadata (absolutely brilliant idea) and the simplicity of the system. I simply love it. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Arndis Gunnarsdottir on Tue, Jan 03
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As a screenwriter this has been he most useful website that I have ever come across. It motivates you to get up and start writing. Once you make it a habit you will never go back. My current screenplay is shaping up great now as I eliminate all the distractions and thoughts in my mind by writing 750 words each and every day!

Testimonial Note from Annie Bio on Tue, Jan 03
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Having finished 2016 with only two sick days of not writing, I am so proud and love how 750words is the first thing I do, after coffee, in the morning. Thank you for keeping this site vital and so good for so many of us!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Tue, Jan 03
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37 days straight and counting. I now look forward to starting my day by writing. Some days are struggles, but I find a way to get one word at a time on the page, and eventually I have done it again. Love this site.

Testimonial Note from Mitchell Smith on Tue, Jan 03
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 02
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I had a streak over 1400 days until I carelessly broke it. I still keep daily journals of 750 words, but locally. The journals are still something very important, so I have this site to thank for this habit.

Testimonial Note from IS on Mon, Jan 02
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Im trying to write evrey day with yoga before.. and this is my second day and I feeling so good it’s like my mind are so openely,, thank you so much you being here.. this site given me more push of everything…

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 02
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Thank you for giving me a goal to get me writing again! Earning badges and watching my streak lengthen helped me complete NaNoWriMo 2016 and provided me the incentive needed to become the writer I now know I an be

Testimonial Note from Sara Corryn Sumner on Sun, Jan 01
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Readability

Please can you add options for first line indentation in paragraphs, and x1.5 and x2.0 line spacing.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 01
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I have written for 1470 days in a row, except for some vacation days. This site is the center of whatever spiritual practice i may have.. I live to articulate what i am feeling. The clearer i express myself, the clearer my feelings become. I become more real to myself.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Fri, Dec 30
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I just did my 17th day in a row of writing here. It’s part of a new self care routine that I’ve happily designed for myself…meditation + morning pages. I didn’t think I’d care about badges and tracking but I’m finding it motivating to see that progression and I’m thinking about how I can motivate myself in other areas of my life using similar tools. Thank you for making this such an easy, fun and satisfying place to clear my head.

Testimonial Note from Alice Myerhoff on Thu, Dec 29
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 29