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

1 cup

I’m back to write another note. I’ve been inconsistent since starting use of the site back in August of 2014. However, this year, and within the last month especially, I’ve dedicated myself to the habit. It’s paid off in more ways than I can imagine. I’m just a fledgling with only thirty-four days under my wing, but this site has kept me focused and given me something to strive for beyond that ever-intangible satisfaction factor. It feels great to look back and see all the words piled up in heaps behind you. It feels good to revisit them and get acquainted with your myriad past selves. The payoffs to this process are uncountable. Thank you for such a wonderful site.

Oh, and I’m only about seven or eight thousand away from the Nano badge. I’m snagging that bugger this month. I already got the 100k badge in September, so this one’s a bonus.

Testimonial Note from Tyler Bachelder on Sun, Sep 20
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I always like something to strive for :) This really helps me figure out what I’m capable of!

New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sun, Sep 20
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’d like to be able to work with paragraphs instead of line breaks which don’t register when I go back to read my words. It’s confusing while writing dialogue, and when I try to use any other sort of paragraph format (e.g. touching the space bar 5 times) it merely vanishes in a very unkind way.

New Feature Vote from Cameron James Tibera on Sat, Sep 19
5 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Amber on Sat, Sep 19
5 cups

I am forever indebted to 750 Words for giving me new inspiration and discipline in my writing. The value of regular and constant effort stood me in good stead when almost everything else in my world threatened to collapse.
The unintended bonus was that the site became a friend and a confidant who was willing to help me clear my head without complaint or gossip.

Testimonial Note from Mike van Niekerk on Fri, Sep 18
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 17
1 cup

750 Words has changed it all up for me. It is my daily meditation. I use it to think through and think out anything that is going through my head that day. More recently, I have been using a trick where I write the whole 750 in third person while completely self-reflecting. It is unbelievable the clarity I get out of that!

Testimonial Note from Mitchell Wilson on Wed, Sep 16
1 cup

As someone with a really busy mind, I’ve repeatedly found that after a few days of writing, my complaing and frustration become less, and my writing flow improves. I really do use this as a place to just brain-dump so the thoughts are out of my way for the day. I also get to see what is swirling around and often start with a to-do and reminder list out of the ramblings. I’ve also recomended this to other friends and clients, ADD and not, as a place to sort out their own heads, especially when the aren’t ready to “burden” others.

Thanks for having a great ongoing resource!

Testimonial Note from Amy Voros on Tue, Sep 15
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I want to trust this site as much as I trust a notebook, I know that it is in my possession and therefore a safe place to put my thoughts. I suppose I could always lose a notebook that someone could find, but I would hate for my information on the site to be vulnerable. Privacy is important to me.

New Feature Vote from Grace M on Mon, Sep 14
1 cup

Well with 5 delicious cups of patronage, I should definitely use one to talk about how wonderful this has been for me. I have had some days where I logged on at 11:40pm and typed furiously to get my words in, just so I don’t break that streak. Ever since I signed up for August challenge, I’ve written every day and haven’t stopped (even during a trip where I only had a tablet and tiny keyboard with me, which was much harder than expected!). I’m on a 44-day streak, and starting to set new goals for myself (top of the list: wake up and write, don’t wait until later). So, thank you, thank you for this site, it has helped me through some rough times, helped organize my thoughts for the future, and even helped me make (and finish) to do lists. Here’s to many more days.

Testimonial Note from Abigail Cioffi on Sun, Sep 13
1 cup

750 Words is a great tool to keep me mindful about my writing and I love participating in the monthly challenges! Keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Yvette Lozano on Sat, Sep 12
1 cup

750words is so awesome! I’m still new to the site (11 day streak and counting) but it’s been such a cathartic experience. It’s very relaxing to be able to just type and get everything out, and the cute little badges are encouraging. I plan on being a member of this site for quite some time :)

Testimonial Note from Eda Chen on Sat, Sep 12
1 cup
A kids edition

My 9 year old son has started writing words everyday. He has really got into it and I see it of being even more beneficial to him as it is to us adults. The only issue is that 750 words is too much for someone his age. The only change needed for a kids edition is to reduce the word count based on the age of the user. I would guess that 250 or 300 would be right for the under 12s, and 500 for the under 16s.

New Feature Request Note from John Holcroft on Fri, Sep 11
6 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alec on Fri, Sep 11
1 cup

This tool has greatly worked as a time keeper for me to write my dissertation draft every day. Withouth it, I would never be able to finish my dissertation on time. Currently, I am a bit overwhelming with writing academic paper and feel that I need a break, so I use it as a place to keep my personal diary. I write everything on it, not only in English but also in my native language Indonesia, as well as in the language that I just try to lear, Chinese.

Testimonial Note from hansavatar on Fri, Sep 11
1 cup

Committing myself to a whole month challenge has really helped me make the time to write something, anything, every day. Ten days into the challenge I find that I’m now looking forward to sitting down and writing and it’s certainly helped my writer’s block with the huge added benefit of finally finishing some projects. Yay!

Testimonial Note from Blinky on Wed, Sep 09
3 cups

I almost didn’t sign up for the September challenge. Having completed the August challenge successfully, I felt like I had done something positive for myself. But then I realised how committing to writing every day has helped me to feel capable of being a disciplined person, and therefore, actually being a disciplined person. I am very grateful to have this forum in which to practice commitment.

Testimonial Note from Miranda Robbins on Wed, Sep 09
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Tony Crean on Tue, Sep 08
10 cups
Offline mode

An app that you could install on your laptop, which works whether you’re online or off. It would track the word count, words/min, date/time, and whether you’ve paused for more than 3 minutes before making it to 750 words. It would alert you when you’d hit 750 words, and allow you to save your writing locally (or on dropbox or equivalent) and/or send it to 750words.com for upload. Advanced features might include the ability to set custom word-count targets.

New Feature Request Note from calliaphone on Mon, Sep 07
1 cup

Well, it’s nearly 18 months now since I went into labour, on day 100 of my last long writing streak. (Yes, I completed that 100th day of writing. I was darned if a little thing like childbirth was going to stop me!)

Since then, my priorities were necessarily overturned. My days (and nights) have been filled with nappies and delight and tears and cuddles, and more tears and cuddles, and lots and lots of puke. Writing, alas, dropped way down on the list.

There have been attempts to re-start, but none that stuck. But I’m still here. Still trying. And this month, I don’t know … I feel hopeful. Here’s to my 7th day of a brand new month, a brand new season, and a brand new streak. And maybe, if I’m lucky, a brand new story.

Testimonial Note from calliaphone on Mon, Sep 07
1 cup

I stumbled upon 750words when I was searching for something completely different and immediately started typing. I updated my timezone and wrote some more. It felt good. That’s all I knew. And that’s the first thing I feel like doing every morning. I am writing like I never wrote before. This makes me want to wake up early so that I can clear my head and get going. Oh and I love the badges. I especially enjoyed collecting the rooster, the hamster, and the cheetah! It’s my 30th day of writing and I am now a member too! I will continue going with the flow. This promises of fruitful meanderings. I am so looking forward to discovering what other chain reactions this habit has set off.

Testimonial Note from Maitreyee Chaliha on Mon, Sep 07
30 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I get very excited about badges. Also I definitely want to know that, when I hit my next marker of 1,000 days, I still have other goals to shoot for. :)

New Feature Vote from Bethany Krahn on Sun, Sep 06
10 cups

I meant to get to this a couple of weeks ago and it slipped my mind, so making up for it now.
I just wanted to say that I finally got my Space Bird badge a few weeks ago. I’ve been working on it for quite some time. There was a pretty devastating thing where I accidentally missed a day when I was at like 430. But I did it! And I am so thrilled.
I’m not just thrilled for the badge (although goodness knows I was relieved to see that there’s now a badge for 1000 days and I hope that you’ll keep adding them on), but for the fact that this is the most consistent I have ever been about writing or almost anything in my life. I have a record of my life here. I am so grateful to this site for giving me the nudge I needed to start working on this discipline. I cannot imagine what I would do without it.
On to Flying Squirrel!

Testimonial Note from Bethany Krahn on Sun, Sep 06
2 cups

I came to this site in a moment of crisis in grad school. I suffered under writer’s block in the middle of my dissertation, a time when writer’s block was not an acceptable option or excuse. These daily pages have not cleared my mind, exactly, but have rather helped me translate what’s in my mind into terms that others might understand. I’ve learned that it’s not selfish to close myself up in a room and write. I’ve given myself permission to be productive.

Testimonial Note from Ethan W. on Sun, Sep 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Rene Guyton on Sat, Sep 05
1 cup

Over 100,000 words in 6 weeks. Really couldn’t ask for much better but I’m still gathering steam. Every month is a NaNoWriMo.

Testimonial Note from Michael Mouton on Sat, Sep 05
1 cup

I began using 750 words last month after reading about it elsewhere on the web. I subscribed and wanted to write a testimonial. I honestly find since using this site and filling the pages that my head has been clearer, I’ve been more mindful in my thinking and noticing negative thoughts slip in. I write first thing in the morning and it really does give me an opportunity to get a lot of the mind junk out before the day begins. I’m going to keep using this site for as long as I can, it’s a positive step for me. I couldn’t recommend it enough for others. Give it a try at least, you will be reaping the positive benefits before you know it.

Testimonial Note from Fiona Moore on Fri, Sep 04
1 cup

I feel so encouraged to write every day now! It’s so nice to have something to aim for and to see the badges. I also really like getting my statistics. It’s helped to reduce my self-consciousness about writing, as I focus on just getting words down now.

Testimonial Note from Raye M. on Fri, Sep 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I am an app developer. It wouldn’t be that hard for me to write the app so many people are clamouring for. I will even do it for free.

This is probably best as an open source project on GitHub. You can then submit it as your own app if you want. All I need to talk to you about is the API for getting and submitting data. I could screen scrape, but I would rather not do that.

Please get in touch if you might be interested.

New Feature Vote from John Holcroft on Fri, Sep 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I like to write my 750 words first thing in the morning, but it’s not easy to login to my PC and type along. I think having an iPhone or an iPad app would be easier for me to get going. Please consider creating one and linking it to the regular internet site. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 04