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

3 cups
Improve the writing page

I often write in 750Words for my first drafts and then bring them into a Word Processor later for editing. I’ve noticed when I do this my formatting gets all messed up ie all my indents and spaces are gone. Is there a way to keep the format on the old entries so this doesn’t happen? Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Ian A Winship on Mon, Aug 31
1 cup

I used to think I had a good memory for things I needed to focus on during the day. But once I started 750 Words every day, I realized in my writing that I missed some things every day. My 750 words writing daily has helped me to remember these and keep on top of things.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 31
1 cup

I wanna Write my College Essays here… :D

Testimonial Note from VISHAL SAXENA on Mon, Aug 31
1 cup

Am descoperit acest site intamplator. Urmaresc o blogherita din Russia si ea l-a recomandat. Deci, de la inceput mi-a parut o pierdere de timp, dar am vrut sa ma impun sa fac ceva. Si am inceput sa scriu in fiecare zi. Scriam orice. Apoi am inceput pe anumite teme si daca sincer, cand reciteam, ramaneam uimita de cele scrise. Acum scrisul pentru mine este ca ceva fara de care nu pot trai. Am o problema, primul lucru ce imi vine in minte este ca trebuie sa scriu. Astfel, scriind, ma calmez si chiar gasesc solutii la problemele abordate. De asemeni, am si momente de multumire. Multumesc oamenilor si lui DUmnezeu ca exista in viata mea. ASta chiar ma face sa ma simt fericita. Enjoy 75owords, it is necessary!

Testimonial Note from Tatiana Goncear on Sat, Aug 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

The badges really inspired me. Are we going to get some new ones? With the proliferation of sites like fiverr, it can’t be that expensive.

New Feature Vote from Michael Wayne Cole on Fri, Aug 28
2 cups

I’m not one of those folks who has gone for huge hundred-day streaks. I’m in and I’m out, sometimes I hit a streak, and other times, it is hard to get one going. Through it all, streak or no streak, 750 words has been there for me.

Testimonial Note from Alyssa Samek on Thu, Aug 27
1 cup

I discovered 750 Words shortly before going through a break up. Through writing, that heartache has been healed a lot faster and has shown me what I can accomplish which is empowering given my circumstances. Because of 750 Words’s goal-oriented method, I’ve been able to not only accomplish a lot on here, but make a few personal goals for myself as well.
Thanks for keeping me organized and changing my life. You gave me a drive I never knew I was capable of having.

Testimonial Note from Kira Sparkles on Wed, Aug 26
1 cup

massively. august words will be the first time i’ve completed something fully. it makes me so happy that i’ve regained some focus. signed up for a membership. thank you so much — @philcampbell

Testimonial Note from Phil Campbell on Wed, Aug 26
1 cup

This is the best religion I’ve found yet. It offers transcendence, a pathway, insight, clarity, a moral imperative, a mode of faithful living, an insistence on the sacredness of the moment, and a connectedness to everything imaginable. Also? It has badges.

Testimonial Note from Andrew E Rudd on Wed, Aug 26
1 cup

I think this is the closest I’ve come to experiencing alchemy. For the past 30 days, the crud that floats around at the top of my mind, has been flushed out onto the page in a daily rinse. I thought it would be a chore, or doomed to failure as so many past attempts at regular writing have been, but instead I actually find myself looking forward to the 20 or so minutes of free-writing, first thing in the morning.

I’ve had a couple of ‘off’ days. I did try to cheat with a cut and paste job, and that was a mistake. I felt oddly stitched up, by myself, and I won’t be doing that again.

Anyway, what I really mean to say, is this: something profound is happening, and I don’t really understand it, but I like it. Thank you for the site.

Testimonial Note from *amberjaneburton* on Tue, Aug 25
1 cup

750 has become very important to me, to the point where I feel a missing bit out of my day if I haven’t written. I am still striving for consistency, but even my lurching attempts at writing every day have helped me unblock and figure out other things to write for blogs, letters and lesson content. I love it.

Testimonial Note from Kellie Nuss on Sun, Aug 23
1 cup

For Kellianne, for being wonderful.

Testimonial Note from Jordan Wyn on Sun, Aug 23
1 cup

Na jaren niet meer naar deze site omgekeken te hebben, heb ik deze nu herontdekt en daarmee is het schrijven voor mij weer belangrijker in mijn leven geworden. Het is zo’n prettige motivator en die 750 woorden zijn precies het juiste aantal om over het randje van de verplichte woorden geduwd te worden. Dus ik ben er weer hernieuwd blij mee en hoop hiernaast ook weer meer andere dingen te gaan schrijven.

In English that will sound something like this:
After years of not having looked back to this site, I have rediscovered it and again writing has become important for me in my life. This site is such a nice motivator and 750 words are exactly the right number to be pushed over the edge of the mandatory words. So I am again happy and hope also that this routine will enable me to write other things.

Testimonial Note from Niek Chen on Sun, Aug 23
5 cups

All appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, human values will win through in the end. This site encourages me to believe that this is so.

Testimonial Note from simon weller on Sun, Aug 23
1 cup

750 Words has given me a way to clear my mind of all the cobwebs to allow ideas to flow. This writing process has inspired me to come up with many ideas for both business and personal projects. Thank you Kellianne and Buster!

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Sat, Aug 22
1 cup

I’m so happy I joined 750 words. It’s been a few months, and though it was hard in the beginning, it’s much easier now. Granted, most of what I write is brain dump material, but being a consistent writer is my first step before I worry about content. Thanks for providing so much motivation. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Christina Oliveri on Sat, Aug 22
1 cup

It’s just a fact that if I am doing my words, I am writing. When I don’t do the words, writing is much harder. This simple lesson has made a big difference.

Testimonial Note from Douglas Moe on Fri, Aug 21
3 cups
Choose (x) Words

Let people choose their own word goal, the minimum being 750.

New Feature Request Note from Tristan Kneschke on Thu, Aug 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I don’t have any particular ideas in mind, I just find them very motivating and would like more! Goofy ones are a-okay. :)

New Feature Vote from Sheila Avelin on Wed, Aug 19
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page

I’d just like to be able to see the dates of the month in addition to the little “strike out” boxes; I generally like to read my old stuff on my phone, and it’s hard to find the right date when I’m picking and guessing. No big!! Just thought I’d suggest. :)

New Feature Vote from ES Wright on Wed, Aug 19
1 cup

This donation is a lost 30-day challenge and I give it happily to support this great online tool! Of course, I will keep trying to complete the challenge! Writing on 750words clears my mind and allows me to discover ideas that would otherwise get lost in everyday mental chatter. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Joanna Serafin on Wed, Aug 19
1 cup
Beeminder integration

Let beeminder know that I have completed my 750words for the day (IFTTT integration will allow this indirectly but thought I’d add it in case it’s easier or you would be interested in both).

New Feature Request Note from Eric Scheier on Tue, Aug 18
1 cup
IFTTT integration

Trigger when 750 words are completed and allow (a) export of text (b) some aspects of metadata tbd.

New Feature Request Note from Eric Scheier on Tue, Aug 18
1 cup

I have been trying for months to get my writing mojo back. Then I remembered to dust off my old disused 750words account. At first, I balked at paying, but that only lasted thirty seconds or so, and then I ponied up and started writing. Three day streak, mama, yeah! I feel like my current project draft will be done within about a month at this rate!

Testimonial Note from Serene Vannoy on Tue, Aug 18
1 cup
Planning Pages

I would love if there were pages for writing that were easy to return to and edit on an ongoing basis that could be used as space for mindmapping/brainstorming, especially for writers who work on stories with their words. This space wouldn’t go toward the word count but would be a planning space. I have used notebooks and other Word processors for these kinds of brainstorms, but I’d love to have them in the same place (more or less) as my daily words.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah G on Mon, Aug 17
1 cup

I love this site and just completed my 800th day in a row! I never thought I would be able to write 750 words every day and this site has allowed me to accomplished that task. This space has provided me with a powerful tool for creative brainstorming and taking the emotional pulse of my well being. I’m grateful for the wonderful habit of writing every day thanks to 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Tani Ikeda on Sun, Aug 16
1 cup

Hello everyone. I have been using the tool of 750 words as a tool for practicing abundance. I allow my self to imagine what I really want to be experiencing. If I am tired I will describe the perfect spa week I am having or vacation I am on. I have been surprised how I have been able to tap into the good feelings associated with what I want as if I am experiencing now verse keep beating the drums of lack. I lookm forward to writing each day as my mindfulness retreat

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Aug 15
1 cup

100 days in row of writing! WOW! This site is by and far the best way to instill the behavior of writing! I have already published two novellas using this site and am working on a third! This site is out of sight!!!

Testimonial Note from Biagio Sciacca on Fri, Aug 14
3 cups

I’ve been a writer my entire professional life (going on 35 years now), but that doesn’t mean that I have written every single day, without fail. In fact, writing for a living has at times made me resistant to writing during leisure time.

750Words.com has changed all that for me. On the road, on vacation, sick as a dog, too busy to breathe — doesn’t matter. I must write my 750 words before midnight. If my day looks so packed full that I fear I won’t be back at my computer in time to write, I will carve a few extra minutes out of the morning to get them done. If my home’s internet connection fails in the evening — as it has done many times — I’ll hop in the car and drive to the public library’s parking lot. There’s a spot there where the signal is quite strong, and so I can get my words in. It doesn’t matter what I write. It doesn’t matter when I write. I’m not concerned if it’s utter drivel. All that matters is that I write.

Every few weeks, I’ll go back over anything I’ve written that’s more than a month old. Complete dreck, I’ll tell myself as I wade in. But then one little kernel of truth, one little pearl of wisdom, will leap from the screen. Wow. I wrote THAT? I need to save that… and then another one will appear. It gets saved, too. Before I know it, I’ve got a couple of pages of ideas that I can turn into personal essays or articles or nothing at all. I can use them as writing prompts for future days. I can peruse them whenever my confidence flags — hey, if I can write THAT, there must be some more worthwhile material in me yet.

Even on days when it’s just all too much, when I don’t believe I have another word left in me, I’ll sign on and see that “XXX-day streak!” message. Oh, what the hell. I’ve done it for this long, I’ll think. I might as well do it one more day.

Thank you, 750Words.com. You’re the motivation I’ve needed all along.

Testimonial Note from Janet Rae-Dupree on Thu, Aug 13
1 cup

I joined the site a number of years ago, and never quite seemed to get going — and then, this year I started again. I’m not quite as consistent as I want to be, keep stopping and starting, and that phoenix looks an unlikely prospect, but on the other hand, in the six months I’ve been back, i’ve written a 100K words.

I’ve turned into an evangelist for the site. It has gotten me writing, and writing fiction again, when i thought I might never find that vein again. Writing 750 words, any words, has stifled my tendency to self-criticise myself out of doing it, has stopped me demanding the ‘right environment’ — I wrote one set this week next to a disco, perched on a bar stool — I have to write my 750 by midnight, and it’s just 750 words, no one will see, I can write ANYTHING, I never even have to look at it again, they just don’t matter — and out of the blue I’ve been writing fiction again, finally. Some days I’m getting out huge numbers of words, dodging that inner critic that insists that my ideas, my words are just not good enough. All I have to do is write. I can worry about perfection some other day.

Testimonial Note from Temaris on Tue, Aug 11