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

2 cups
Secure server for writing

After more than a year and a half I’m back to the daily writing as a new year’s resolution. We’ll see!!

New Feature Vote from Jorge Sanz on Fri, Jan 29
8 cups
Frequently used word search links

I’m learning which words I use more than I would like, and also noticing my favorite typos in the frequently used word list. It would be useful to be able to use those words as search links in order to go back into the writing page and find them easily, in order to correct, change, or delete them!
Thank you so much for making this site!

New Feature Request Note from Resa Moran on Fri, Jan 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I don’t spend a lot of time at home, and mostly write on the go, and I can do that on safari, but it’s tough.

New Feature Vote from Sam Kumpe on Wed, Jan 27
1 cup

After missing almost a month of these midnight-early morning writings, it feels sooooooooo good to be back again. So what if I have to re-earn the badges? Pt is that I can. This site is making a world of difference (literally) for me. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Patricia O'Leary on Mon, Jan 25
1 cup
Share with a friend

I would like to be able to share my journal entries and my stats with a friend. Just one friend, not my facebook friends.

New Feature Request Note from Samantha Matush on Mon, Jan 25
1 cup

The fug in my mind has cleared. The clouds are parting. The sunshine is back in the cosmic lion’s life. This is so much better for me than journalling. My inspiration builds daily. 750 words I love you.

Testimonial Note from Brigolene Z on Mon, Jan 25
10 cups

Alas, after 1018 days, the mighty flying squirrel has fallen to earth, Icarus has shed his wings to begin his quest anew. I look up to the sky and see all of them still in flight up there, the Albatrosses, Phoenixes, the Pegasi, the Space Birds, and the mighty, mighty squirrels with their thousand days behind them. And three years hence, I shall again rise up into that stratosphere of greatness and be among them again, dashing off my notes here, my recipes there, blog entries and poems and gripes about the local traffic flying from my fingers like bolts of lightning from the clouds. The quest begins anew.

One of the things I really appreciate about this site is the fact that it provides us with a toy, not with a game. Yes, I admit that there is the certain game of being able to see how many days in a row you can write, and how many words, to earn those badges. But in general, this site is more of a toy in the sense that you pretty much just do what you want with it, make it what you want it to be, set your own goals and plans, write your own rules. Want to see how fast you can get to 750 words every day? Great. See how many days in a row you can write 2000 words? Sure. Just meditate and spit out the crap that’s accumulated in your head for the past 24 hours and look back at it later and see if anything makes sense? Yep, it’ll accommodate that just fine, too.

In short, thank you to Buster and Kellianne for creating and maintaining this site. It’s become something of a habit for me, a good habit for a change, and I appreciate that.

Testimonial Note from Joseph Mayer on Sun, Jan 24
2 cups
Writing Calendar/Exerpt Tooltips

Either a new page with a standard calendar box that has the same X or / marks on the days you’ve written (but in a more compact format that can have several months on it) or just a tooltip for hovering over the daily tabs. Hovering over the box will provide a tooltip with a small chunk of the text you wrote that day, so that finding a specific piece of your work from previous days is easier.

Another version of this that would also be more compact is a sort of “list” format that shows only the months you’ve written in and only the days you’ve written on underneath that month’s header, so that you don’t have to look at all the days you didn’t write on (and for the sake of saving space). Preferably still with the tooltip function. For those who have been writing here for years, a tab or page function to switch between years would be handy as well.

For those of us that are doing worldbuilding, story brainstorming, character building, etc., it’s important to be able to get back to that which we’ve previously written for reference purposes. I have a hard time remembering which day it was that I wrote about what thing, and it’s hard to pick out which day that was on the long bar above the Today’s Writing page thing.

New Feature Request Note from VisceralLuster on Sun, Jan 24
1 cup

Hello Everyone. I have been written my notes since May 2015. I like to write very much but it´s such a difficult thing to do every single day because of my daily schedule. With the 750words help it´s easier though. It´s like I don´t want to disappoint neither myself nor Kellianne and her husband who are the responsable for giving me the chance to write. Thanks a million to both. Gislane

Testimonial Note from Gislane Santos Barreto on Sun, Jan 24
1 cup
Please, lower the price for Russia

Hi. I am not quite good at English — sorry about that.

There is a little problem with paying 5$ every month for residents of Russia
We receiving our wage in «Rubles» currency and every month price in Rub for 5$ for us costs more and more.
In 2012 and 2013 5$ was 150 Rub.
In 2014 — 260 Rub
Now 5$ costs 390 Rub. and every month we will pay more and more because of unstable economics here.

I am as a student can afford that for your brilliant website (although such price feels uncomfortable for me anyway) but can’t afford coffee cup for such price.

Can you set it 3$ maybe? :3

New Feature Request Note from Daria Space on Sat, Jan 23
1 cup

I’ve actually been writing every single day since I discovered this website. I feel rather evangelical about you,

Testimonial Note from Beth Lind on Fri, Jan 22
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Kayte B on Thu, Jan 21
20 cups

My book, “Pink Mattress” has been accepted by New York Quarterly Press. Free associating helped me find the first draft of poems, that upon rewriting 5-7 times became good poems. I love, LOVE, 750words.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Thu, Jan 21
5 cups

I love love love this site. Thank you for keeping it online.

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Thu, Jan 21
10 cups
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Sam Truax on Wed, Jan 20
3 cups

Today I was in a pretty scary car accident. Ended up in the ER and exhausted. I came home and wrote down my experience and kept my 169 day streak going. If I can get through this today than I am unable to think of a reason I won’t be able to. And it helped me a lot to get it all out, so it was double the bonus.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Wed, Jan 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

The badges are a great way for me to remain motivated to write!

New Feature Vote from Michele Guldsmed on Wed, Jan 20
1 cup
Add More Badges Please

I would love to see more badges show up. Believe it or not, they are a huge inspiration to me. Maybe different badges for each month’s challenge you do. Or more badges in between the really long word ones or streaks. I am always pushing myself to get the next badge!

New Feature Request Note from Michele Guldsmed on Wed, Jan 20
1 cup

Today, I m a very excited woman. Thanks to 750 Words, I’ve started writing a novel. In the past 4 days I’ve completed 6 chapters! I couldn’t have done it if I hadn’t been developing the habit of writing daily on this site. At this rate, my book will be complete in no time!

Thanks again 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Bent on Wed, Jan 20
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Miffy Roo on Tue, Jan 19
1 cup

I seem to be more willing to write and have to come up with ways to get my words in for each day.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 19
1 cup

This site has made me realise how crappy my spelling and keyboard technique really are.
If anyone mentions my grammer I am going to cry.

Testimonial Note from Andy Sunley on Tue, Jan 19
1 cup

It’s only been two day but 750 words has been an enormous help to my writing and the want to write. Instead of trying to plan my chapters. I just write whatever section I’m excited about every morning and can bring it all together later with some editing and rereading. By far the best thing is how I feel since I purge the words. Just fulfilled and excited. It’s like I’ve removed the excuse not to write and just enjoy it, good or bad!

Testimonial Note from Carl Noble on Tue, Jan 19
6 cups

I’ve used 750 Words as a daily journal. I tend to write quite a lot when I do use a journal, and so handwriting tends to make my wrist sore. I absolutely love the layout of the website and the amusing statistics tracked from your entries. This website helped me get through a very tough time in my life by giving me an easy and effective outlet to let everything out, and store entries for future viewing. The community aspect of the website (such as the monthly challenges), and other features (like the badges), help give some much needed motivation to log on. I recommend this website to anyone who is looking for an easy way to jot out whatever is on their mind; whether that be fact or fiction!

Testimonial Note from Colten Peters on Tue, Jan 19
1 cup

Sometimes you have to laugh at the text analytics. I talked about having a blood test and the bots gave me a PG rating for violence. No, the nurse was very careful and it was painless, thank you.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Mon, Jan 18
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from HJ Fantaskis on Mon, Jan 18
10 cups

My goodness, 1000 days and one million words. I started thinking maybe a month of daily writing would be a good deal… and I just kept going. Which is the point, isn’t it? Practice and keep practicing, write and keep writing, even when you think you have nothing to say. At least a third of those million words were me typing along about the weather or my socks. :)

Testimonial Note from Ti Locke on Mon, Jan 18
40 cups

Today’s a banner day! After several false starts, I finally managed an uninterrupted year of writing every day and hit the million word mark to boot.

I’m lousy at routines. Terrible. So for me to manage to do anything every single day for a full year is pretty close to unprecedented. But I can tell the effect. With my family situation the way it is, it’s tough sometimes to have the time to really sit down and concentrate. In the past, that’s meant I’ve let days and weeks slip by without writing at all, and when I finally got the chance, I was rusty and wasted yet more time trying to feel fluent again.

2015 was not a kind writing production year, but despite that, thanks to 750words, I haven’t felt that rustiness. Maybe I haven’t produced what I’ve wanted to produce, but I’ve produced something. Like any kind of physical workout, simply getting some writing done and working that part of my brain is far more beneficial than being inactive.

But what I DIDN’T expect was the million word mark. I save 750words largely for the bits and pieces of various scenes that come to me plus notes of things I’ve seen here and there that have to do with whatever fic I’m writing. What I never stopped to calculate was how MUCH I was actually writing. Maybe it’s not a coherent whole, but it’s still far more than I dreamed I was generating.

And I have to say, the monthly challenges, the badges and the idea of not breaking a streak has really made a difference for me as much as having the venue to sit down and simply let the words flow. I’m a procrastinator by nature, and while I love my writing, I tend to put it off because my inclination is to put the things that ‘need’ to get done first. Adding the weight of a challenge and a goal, however small earning a badge is, has forced me to make something I love — and not only what others need — as a priority. And I have needed that.

So thank you, 750words! I’m off for 500 and who knows…maybe one day there’ll be a 2 million badge to earn, too. :)

Testimonial Note from NocturnalRites on Sun, Jan 17
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Stephanie Vella on Sun, Jan 17
22 cups

I’m writing for the first time in over a year. I “completed” a novel for NaNoWriMo 2014 and have not written a word on it or on 750 words since. Must have run out of words! I’ve missed my daily purging habit here on WORDS. It was such a part of my daily practice. Yesterday I began reading Louise Hay’s “Finding Water” , and it seems to be just the jolt I needed to prod me back into this wonderful habit. Join me as I begin again at day one. I’ve wanted so many times to begin editing and rewriting “Storm!”. In the month-long creative process I realized that I AM a writer, I am creative, I am self-disciplined … and then I stopped. Self-doubt, my old foe, landed back in my life like a falling pachyderm. I’m back, and spending all my cups at once, making a commitment to myself and to you that I will accept responsibility for doing consistent writerly things.

Testimonial Note from giles vaden on Sun, Jan 17