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

3 cups

I’ve just passed writing 100,000 words. I can’t believe it. This site is amazing. I’m not sure any of the words are worth reading but I have a feeling I’ll get to something that is. Thank you for this wonderful site. God bless you!

Testimonial Note from Diane Brenner on Sat, May 21
1 cup
Month word count

Is there a way to calculate how much a person has written in a month? And store that information so that it can be looked back on in 6 months, or a year, or more? This may exist already, but I haven’t been able to find it, and it would sure be helpful.

New Feature Request Note from Chloe Weir on Sat, May 21
1 cup

This website has saved my bacon. It’s so easy for me to convince myself that it’s fine to skip a day, or two or three, or a week when I’m tired or busy. But I hate breaking a streak more than anything, so it keeps me going, keeps me coming back every day, even though I can barely keep my eyes open to type sometimes. And I always feel better for it.

Testimonial Note from Chloe Weir on Sat, May 21
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jennifer Turney LaRowe on Sat, May 21
1 cup

The habit of writing Morning Pages has been one of the most fruitful practices I have ever begun and the discovery of this tool is priceless. Even though I was already enjoying writing every morning, I always felt a little inhibited about what I was putting on paper. I find that the benefit of this exercise is not as connected to the medium you use as it is to the freedom that comes from knowing you can spill all your inner feelings and crazy ramblings without fear that someday they will be read by others. At first I was disturbed by the negativity that seemed to pour out. I am by nature a fairly optimistic and positive person. But as the weeks have gone by things have taken a turn. I feel lighter and more hopeful and positive. This is great therapy! Thank you so much for this wonderful outlet you have provided.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, May 20
1 cup
More text analysis

grammar analysis

New Feature Vote from Veto on Tue, May 17
6 cups

With this site, I don’t need therapy. It’s all right at a key board when I have access to a computer or my iPhone. I type pretty well, in fact my typing skills have improved through my iPhone when I log on through that.
Stream of consciousness works for me. I wonder how much damage has been derailed because of sites like this where you can vent and just express what nobody else will listen to?

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, May 16
1 cup

I’ve been doing research on honing my writing craft and came across an article that mentioned 750words. I’ve done the whole “morning pages” thing every now and then, but I’ve never felt motivated or inspired to keep up with them. What I really like about 750words is that it tells you exactly how many words you’ve written, and what I absolutely LOVE is that once you’re done writing, it gives you stats of what you’ve just written. I like finding out my mood, when I’m thinking about myself as opposed to a collective, what words I frequently use, etc.

I look forward to writing every day now!

Testimonial Note from JY Nona on Mon, May 16
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page

More sophisticated total writing time. Now if I write in the morning and at night it suggests I have been writing for 8 hours rather than just 45 minutes total… Just a thought.

New Feature Vote from Brent Blair on Mon, May 16
1 cup

I just wanted to say how happy I am to be back on the site! I had to take a break for a few months but just signed back up. I got so much more accomplished with my writing when I used this site each morning. Thanks for creating a spot for me to get focused!

Testimonial Note from Kat Ryan on Sun, May 15
1 cup

I started 750 on January 1 of this year as a commitment to myself. I have just passed 130,000 words, but more importantly for me, 90,000 of those words are now the rough draft of a completed novel. Because of 750 Words I now have the firm habit of writing every day and for the first time I have a completed novel. Who knows whether it will get published but that isn’t the most important point anyway. I am in the editing process and will look for an agent in a month or two but in the meanwhile 750 Words is going to help me complete the second novel in my mystery series. Thanks 750 Words. Keeping writing my friends.

Testimonial Note from Bill Atkinson on Sun, May 15
2 cups

many times, on days (nights, rather) like this i may not necessarily have something specific to write or work on but this practice of daily writing and to make 750 words/ 3 pages is something i really value and appreciate. i think its healthy and helpful in my discipline. or maybe its pointless, who knows. i guess the aim — the dream would be to write every day, for at least 750 words/ 3 pages, and have it be on the same thing. therefore producing a manuscript after x number of days or months. i got an idea for a novel so there’s a challenge. my problem is that i have multiple writing bursts/ideas/storms on any given day. some are continued threads from years, others from just days. so i want to write them all and theres a sense of urgency to it so i feel i must write them all simultaneously. the problem with this is one, losing steam, becoming ambivalent, and never committing.

so maybe if i can just commit to writing every day and for 750 words/ 3 pages then maybe after awhile i can commit to more.

Testimonial Note from linda chavers on Sat, May 14
1 cup

Listen up. 750 Words has made me feel as if I can run circles around everyone, as if I can dodge and weave and dink and dunk and fly through a line of heavy defense. Then with all the inspired ambition this site has given me, I feel as if I can run these crazy legs for a through pass and win. And just to mention, I have the wind at my back. No, wait. I am the wind. I am a hurricane of hope and can plow through any big ugly that stands in my way and win with the power of words. I am the champion of everything! Thank you 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, May 13
1 cup

I have just begun with 750 words, and am using it like a warm up routine before a long bicycle ride. I need to get the brain to keyboard synapses firing and the thoughts flowing again so I can do some fiction that I have been promising myself I would do for a long time. So far, I think it is having a positive effect.

Testimonial Note from Allen B Arthur on Fri, May 13
1 cup

I’m looking forward to writing many books, with 750 words helping push me from behind. At times my brain seems numb, but I do believe that many feel the same way and are able to push way beyond how they feel. Excited right now. Here’s to success, one cup at a time.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Hurkens on Fri, May 13
1 cup

Writing daily has helped me reflect on my thoughts, feelings and actions in a medium that is safe, secured and fun. My entries usually start like ramblings but the ending often surprises me. Unexpected realisations creep up on you like a random discovery which you eventually accept as something you’ve always known all along. And it fuels one’s determination to change, to overcome challenges, strengthen new learnings and form new positive habits. For me specifically, the one benefit that I feel is most significant is a sense of anchored calmness. In a world that is becoming more frenzied, my oasis of calm seems to have grown wider and more consistent thanks to the daily writing habits on this site. To the good people who maintains this site and those who frequent it with their daily entries, thank you for being part of this journey. I hope to stick around for a lot longer this time. :)

Testimonial Note from NH Hisham on Thu, May 12
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I like the badges, but it seems like it only registered when I’ve done them once. It would be great if it could show me when I’ve hit the badges, or just when was the latest time that I hit a particular badge!

New Feature Vote from Erich Domingo on Thu, May 12
2 cups

It’s a great way to clear my mind, either in the beginning of the day or at the end. It’s kind of like a warm up / cool down / stretching for my brain.

Testimonial Note from Erich Domingo on Thu, May 12
10 cups
Clean screen

To be able to see only text and (perhaps a faded out) word count when I go full screen, with the text aligning vertically in the center all the time.
The other is to dominantly show the sentence being worked on. Any other sentence could be greyed out. This allows for better focus on writing.
I use iA Writer to write my text because I find that experience more enjoyable. Then I just cut and paste into 750 words to turn it in. These are the features that I like from it!

New Feature Request Note from Erich Domingo on Thu, May 12
5 cups
Improve the homepage

Ok, so here I am thinking about streaks. I think it would be cool to have a top 10 current streaks (or top 100, pending room, or whatever). It would be great to see how far the top of the tops have gone, and what the rest of us lowly pterodactyls should aspire for.

New Feature Vote from Joe McDonnell on Thu, May 12
3 cups
Starred entries

I try to write every day and sometimes something gets written that I find really surprises me and that I know I might want to revisit in the future. Sometimes this is a conclusion about my life, or it might be the thread of a short story, or an idea for an app.

Going back through the record to find something is currently very challenging. There is a rudimentary search feature but it doesn’t seem to be very effective and the only other option is to browse one of the monthly summary pages and go through it entry by entry.

If only there was a way to ‘Star’ a post and leave a little note so that you could revisit it in future.

I expect this feature would be very straightforward to develop and would improve the overall experience – and usefulness – of 750 words for everyone.

That’s why I think it is worth at least three cups of coffee!

New Feature Request Note from Robin Layfield on Tue, May 10
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

The badges are super encouraging for me! Sometimes they’re the main reason I get out of bed on time so I can sit down and work on my writing goals. So to have more would be to have even more good things to work towards.

New Feature Vote from Crystal Ann Shannon on Mon, May 09
3 cups

This practice of writing every morning has made me very happy. It is easier to focus on what I want to say vs. my old habit of writing in notebooks. It’s a great way to sort out what’s on my mind. Thank you, thank you!

Testimonial Note from Patricia O'Leary on Mon, May 09
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Tyler on Sun, May 08
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Diane Johnston on Sun, May 08
1 cup

I almost cannot believe it. I have used the Cameron Artist’s Way technique for decades, filling thousands of journal pages, but the habit for electronic writing never took hold with me.

Until now.

I realized I have fully embraced the new habit when this morning I felt nervous until I sat at the keyboard. The nerves vanished as soon as I began typing on the blank page.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. You’ve restored my confidence and my hope with this simple 750 word premise.

Testimonial Note from Marsha Browne on Sun, May 08
1 cup

I’m an artist, and self-employed – my tasks are different every day which can be a bit chaotic mentally. Starting the day with 750 words helps me so much by allowing me more time to spend sorting out my priorities and getting rid of thoughts that are energy consuming. I’m fairly addicted to 750 words at this point : )

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Chaperon on Sat, May 07
1 cup
More text analysis

I’m a sucker for stats and I love the ones you guys have already included, but there’s always more we can do! Let’s see some more stats from reading comprehension levels (like: this was written in such a way that a 9th grader would have a hard time reading it). If we were to integrate with the ToneAnalyzer that IBM BlueMix has released, that would be awesome! But, regardless, thank you for this platform.

New Feature Vote from Zachary Elliott on Sat, May 07
1 cup

Writing my daily words helps me keep myself balanced. It’s a place to dump the negativity that sometimes fills my brain, a place to noodle around with ideas, a place to make plans and record memories. I’m so glad I found 750words!

Testimonial Note from Bethany Pratt on Fri, May 06
1 cup

This is an incredible site. It has made writing fun by showing all the graphs after each day of writing. It is encouraging, fun and inspiring to use 750 Words. When I was writing it helped to get me through my blocks. It has helped me to be willing to write without editing and be okay with it, then experience clarity and inspiration to write. I love this site. Thank you 750 Words! I love you…

Testimonial Note from deborah lyon on Thu, May 05