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

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This has been a great way for me to focus my thoughts and even write out a lot of my problems.

Testimonial Note from Amber B on Sat, Nov 14
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Freya Lewendon on Thu, Nov 12
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Freya Lewendon on Thu, Nov 12
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Freya Lewendon on Thu, Nov 12
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This habit is life changing. It makes me want to push myself to talk about topics and ideas for my business, some days it is a diary, and some days it is a place where i can rant. But I always feel better for seeing the little green note on the right hand side of the page when I reach my daily goal. I’m on my way to three straight months of being on the Wall of Awesomeness, a Phoenix badge and 100,000 words. I can do this!! You can too, just make it a habit every day.

Testimonial Note from Lynsey Hanratty on Thu, Nov 12
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Please add font formatting options (bold, italics).

New Feature Vote from Susana Martinez-Conde on Thu, Nov 12
1 cup
Android App

I am usually on the move and would like to pen down my thoughts at bars, cafes, airport terminals and cabs. In such a scenario it would help to have an android app ready, and that would be really cool. Yeah, please bring out an android app, should not be difficult, and I will spread the word to people about this wonderful site.

New Feature Request Note from Rahul Sharma on Wed, Nov 11
1 cup

I love to use 750 for my random thoughts. It clears my mind and allows me to focus on other things (besides my random thoughts). Thanks for creating this!

Testimonial Note from Suzy Krutsch on Wed, Nov 11
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I would like the formatting (particularly paragraphs — line breaks and tabs) to be saved once the day is over, and for italics to be enabled.

New Feature Vote from Zoë Lear on Wed, Nov 11
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Danielle Meitiv on Wed, Nov 11
5 cups

Thanks Real Person Kellianne for hearing my plea! Hoping to now be skipping to the finish line of Nanowrimo!! And get my badge!

Testimonial Note from KAdams on Wed, Nov 11
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Siwan Fflur on Tue, Nov 10
1 cup

I started 750 with the intent of using it to get myself in a routine, a warm up to prepare for NanoWriMo. I’d never done anything so drastic before, so I decided I needed training. If I could get to 750 every day, then I had a chance to finish that novel. I reached 750, got into the routine, then was doing 1000. Can I do a little more,\? A week of 1200+ per day. By the time Nano started I was routinely doing 2000 a day. Now, I write in word and when I get somewhere past 750 I copy and paste that here. SO my stats say I type 348 words per minute. (If I only could.)
I’ve reached my Nano goal and more. I know I wouldn’t have done it without my daily dose of 750.
So write, whenever, whatever, as slow or fast as you can, with as any or as few interruptions as you can. Know you can do this.

Testimonial Note from Estelle Naff on Tue, Nov 10
1 cup

This website is great. Write every day. Just write every single day! Empty your mind, get yourself into gear for the day. 750 words seems like a lot, but when you hit it each day it’s a great feeling!

Testimonial Note from Ghost Harrenhal on Tue, Nov 10
1 cup

Hey writers! Best writing advice I ever heard: “BUTT IN CHAIR”—sit down and stay there writing until you’ve reached your goal. I’m psyched to finally have a second streak of 10 days in a row, on my way to 30. #amwriting

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 09
20 cups

I’m a grad student and I’ve been having a very rough term, with a lot less fiction writing time than I’d like, but I’ve been grimly carving out the time between coffee and actual sentience every morning to smash out some sort of nonsense, just to keep my streak.

Yesterday I got my space squirrel badge. Today I had (made, forced, clawed out) an actual little wedge of proper fiction-writing time, on top of my seven hundred and fifty words of early morning nonsense. And—this probably shouldn’t be surprising, but: when I sat down to write, for real, on something I care about… I could write. I didn’t have to figure out all over again how to connect ideas to words. It was a struggle in the way that all writing is a struggle, but I felt good. Flexible. Ready. In the zone. It was like being already warmed up before you start in on a run: it didn’t hurt, and I really got some proper use out of the time that I had.

For me, that’s invaluable, and it’s the most real and present benefit of 750words: I do know that I should write every day, even if it’s just nonsense, because it makes it so much vastly easier to do the other kind of writing. But it’s hard to make myself believe that—or, quite frankly, care all that much—when I’ve had five hours of sleep and I’m facing ten hours in the lab. It’s somehow much easier when I’ve got the tidy, concrete carrot-and-stick of a broken near-three-year streak on the one hand, and a charming little cartoon squirrel in a cape on the other. It turns out I can write 750 words of nonsense every day for a squirrel in a cape—and whether that’s a little silly or not, it turns out to make not one whit of difference to how useful all that nonsense writing turns out to be when I finally do have time to tell stories. And then? I can use every second, and I do.

So thank you, Kellianne and Buster, for my squirrel in a cape—and ninety minutes of writing time, really spent writing, and nothing wasted at all.

Testimonial Note from Ginny Washborne on Sun, Nov 08
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 08
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More badges for accomplishments

Kellianne and Buster you so much for this site. I can’t even tell you what it’s helped get me through. Over the course of 3+ years I’ve written nearly 1.3 million words. I completed a full NanoWriMo a couple years ago and am on my second one now (16,000+ words so this month, right on track).

My one request: will you please, please, please make a badge for 1 Million words? I was so proud of myself when I reached it, and thought there would be some recognition for it. I’m more proud of that than any streak I’ve had. At this rate, I’ll get to 2 Million in a couple years, and I’d love to see a badge then.

If you don’t, I get it, you have plenty of other things on your plate. That’s my $.02 though, and I’d appreciate your consideration of it!

THANKS AGAIN!

Best,
Madison

New Feature Vote from Madison Krane on Sun, Nov 08
3 cups

Well, I just achieved my Phoenix badge — 100 days of writing…a feat I’d never even imagined that I’d be able to achieve. (Including 3 months on the Wall of Awesomeness)…so if you will permit me a bit of boasting, let me just say…mega thanks to 750Words for helping me discover a kind of tenacity and focus I’d never known myself to have. Feels awesome. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from la voo nina yama nooba on Sat, Nov 07
1 cup

it’s helped me clear my mind of clutter, control my anxiety, and track my moods

Testimonial Note from Courtney M Jones on Fri, Nov 06
2 cups

Achieved flamingo status today!!!

Did you know flamingo comes from the Spanish word “Flamenco”? Which translates to fire!!!

So epic!!!

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you all, that I’m so excited to be on this journey with you. I’m super amateur when it comes to writing but I love that this isn’t about how well I write or even that I have to write something profound…I’m simply here to gather my thoughts, musings, random ideas, complete nonsense and blergh them all out onto paper in 750 words or more.

Not going to lie, the thought of achieving Space Squirrel status does help with the motivation to be diligent…but even should I fall and break my streak, I know that’s okay…because thanks to Buster (such a cool name) and Kellianne (also very cool) I now have a tool to unload all that is floating around in my mind and I’m truly thankful.

Is anyone still reading this? Way longer than I expected to write. Oh crud, this was supposed to be an inspiration note…ummm…“be courageous and write in a way that scares you a little”…I don’t know…I panicked and found it off google…hope you like it…random person whose still reading this…maybe I should make this note 750 words and copy and paste it for tomorrow lol.

Anyway, I wish you all well on your journey and hopefully in 990 days you will be looking at Edward the space squirrel 😂😂😂

Testimonial Note from Edward Uini on Thu, Nov 05
3 cups

Thank you for adding the “Congratulations – you just wrote 1667 words” for those of us that have taken the NaNoWriMo challenge this month. You are helping me get there!

Testimonial Note from Alison Colwell on Wed, Nov 04
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More Badges

I’d like to add my voice to those asking for more badges. I’m especially interested in badges that reward different sorts of behavior than we currently see. For example, what about a badge for the first time back writing after breaking a streak? Or a badge for finishing 750 words in a day despite many distractions? Or a badge for being very, very slow about finishing but doing it anyway? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how lots of writing advice suggests that people be fast, don’t stop, do it every day. That’s great, but in reality there are those other days when things don’t go according to plan. To me, it’s an important part of committing to writing to write under poor conditions as well, or to come back to writing after a break. I think it would be really cool to see badges that honored that side of the experience, too.

New Feature Request Note from Sentient Human on Wed, Nov 04
1 cup

750 words is awesome. I often journal to get thoughts and feelings off my chest, and sometimes I have absolutely no interest in ever encountering that information again. This site helps me get all the ugly off my chest while allowing me to search for things that I’d enjoy seeing again.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Odden on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup
More text analysis

Text analysis for different languages. I think many people using 750words feel easier to express their thoughts using their native language.

New Feature Vote from Anung Ariwibowo on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup

Kelliane and Buster, thank you so much for creating and maintaining this wonderful site. It helps me a lot getting through difficult times.

Testimonial Note from Anung Ariwibowo on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Mon, Nov 02