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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Our Good Members

Gabrielle Kuzsel
Lisa Shaw
Kathie Bien
Carla Paton
Katie Magoun
Samuel Odewale
Kelli Hyland
Cameron Brown
Sue Ann Wolff
Wolff Atkins
Kristel Clayville
Ken Holmes
Terry Sample
Noemi Sadler
Francisco Rengel
Carolyn Tillo
Christopher Renak
Madan Patil
Marit Ostebo
Henrietta
Bao Quy Phan
Rose Weaver
B P Fernald
Simrat Singh Chhabra
Li'l Jame
Anne Madison
Melissa Rasmussen
Miriam Leah Cohen
P.M. Ahern
Sophia Parsons
Aidan K
Jillian Mayotte
Kamina
Jaimee Walls
Jason Hoffman
Kassie McAlpin
Veronica Pillar
Mike Anderson
Warwick Paul Onyeama
Jessica Simms
hannah lipman
Dan Putt
Dániel Miklós Földi
Carol Piraino
Anne E Boyle
Stefanie Frank
Mollie
David Robinson
Sarah
Sophea
Joanie M
Bill Marchant
Neil Stein
Jill Bautista
Brianna Pritchett
Angela Bissell
Kim L
Kellie Miller
Meghan Kennedy
sonja
Percussor
Nick Underwood
River Hansen
Liz Elliot
B. L. Jones
Lisa Marie Carnahan
Kirk Faulkner
Kim Ketola
Semira Dallali
Pestie McGillacuddy
Kristine Maudal
Leslie Ann Cardinal
Doris Cain
Effy Wild
JULIA ANNE ELLSWORTH
Arthur E. Norsworthy
Susanne Floe
John Hatanaka
Mark Hannan
Mindy Parks
Melinda Maxwell-Smith
Jamie Hemken
Micheila
Katalina Bernal
Nikki Cawley
Becky Wilson
Ray Woody
Susan Friedmann
T.D Akad
Kellye
Karen Baker
Kara Tersen
Dennis L Hitzeman
Laura L Kolesinski
Patty Lee
Katie Compton
Sarah Blankenship
Jane Yao
Justin Smyth
Jessica R. Allen

Notes of inspiration from members

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There is something to be said about the legendary writers. The ones that drank and drugged themselves to death or killed themselves. People idolize them because their lives are romanticized but they would never have needed to medicate or commit suicide if they were somewhat satisfied with their lives. I’m not saying a writer should not have some sense of suffering and struggle, these are the things that good writing is about because it is part and partial of what life is all about. But if you look into these writers’ lives, you’ll find things that aren’t part of the romantic picture the legends and movies tell us. You’ll see people like Thompson who was a prolific writer and participant in the new journalism movement whose life, though portrayed as glamorous, were full of self-depreciation. Thompson was a failed hippie, stuck in his past and unable to take his brand of suffering into the new world. This is unfortunate as Tom Waits once said, “Bad writing is ruining our suffering”…or something like that. With the loss of these types of writers, we lost the works they could have put out, the works that could have changed the landscape of literature. Instead of having more Thompson, Hemingway, et al, to choose from, we have more space on the shelves for Rowling, Sparks, Koontz, et al. I suppose those types of book have their place, but we lack the writers that have something to say and say it instead of wrapping it in wizards and war. Then we have guys like Cornell and Bourdain, cut down in what I think was their prime of their creative existences. Cornell was the quintessential musician and artist. He was constantly evolving and trying out new methods and styles. His music had something to say, something most people could relate to in some sense. And Bourdain. He wasn’t that good of a writer, but he had a vision of representing chefs and the kitchen world in general through books, comics, TV shows, etc. yet also teaching us all something about other cultures, both here and abroad.
I used to want to be one of these types. Drunk, drugged, miserable, staring at a typewriter obsessing over creating the next un-creatable work. Filled with passion and love and suffering and hate. But to what end? It didn’t work, at least not for me. Those that I looked to as muses faded away, the words died, and I threw passion away, burned love at the stake and poured icy water upon hate and suffering. So, what is left? Does a person have any creativity left with these things jettisoned into deep space? You’re damn right they do. I set these feelings aside, embraced a more stoic mindset and stopped looking to people to validate me and be muses, that my mind is free, a muse in and of itself, free of the desire to please another, hate something, wallow in suffering for sufferings sake, and since doing so, I have written more than I have in the past year in just a few months. Varying works that wander all over the literary map. I have explored different techniques and styles and have collected a group of infant children that I will nurture and grow into a family of my own creation in due time. In my time.
I can channel the creative spirits of Hemingway and Thompson and Thoreau and Hawthorne, those taken from us by time or by their own hand. I can learn from them and pass on what they intended for the world through my own works. I may never be as prolific as these, but if you look at the books that have been coming out lately, I don’t have too. What I do have to do is keep writing, even if nothing ever gets published and all I have to show for my work is a pile of rejection letters. What is a rejection letter but proof that someone, even if it was just one person, read the work rejected? Someone read my work! This excites me. Oh, sure, some other people have read some of my work, but by and large they skim over it, give some watery comments and that’s the end of it. No real discussion is had, no real criticism. The passion for good writing is rare. You can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t write and if you don’t read. We have to do both of these things even if we have jobs, families and/or other responsibilities. The world needs writers. It needs us to create and to live and keep creating and keep living. Seven Hundred Fifty words at a time, we can change the world and leave our mark in ink and not blood. Keep writing.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 29
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Chat Errant on Wed, Nov 28
7 cups

750words.com has helped keep me alive. I am in the one month challenge, hit one million words this month on the site, and when so much of life is changing, I have my words and my writing practice for stability and sanity. It’s my rock! I’m intending to write a novel, though I’m happy to just have continued my streak and been able to make and hit what I already have this month. With about 2500 more words then I will make the 50,000 word goal, and it builds confidence and helps me understand the past, create the future, and be with right now better, so it’s good for habit building and neural pathways. Yay for everyone who makes and uses this site. In honor of officially adopting my dog Liv today, who I am writing about a lot, even though she sighs or leaves the room at the sound of this keyboard, which is obscenely loud, here are all my cups of patronage! xo

Testimonial Note from Karilen Mays on Wed, Nov 28
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Jo Ann Beard says that it is super important to write every day. When I took her classes I knew she was right but I fought against her advice, to my own detriment. She used to say that even when you don’t want to write you should, and you should just write “me no want to” over and over again until an idea comes to you (she also made it clear that if ALL you wrote was “me no want to”, it was okay, too). I couldn’t get behind the “me no want to” but this site does it for me. I hate to break streaks and I love to earn badges and I love to see my data when the writing is done. This site makes me write every day. It’s my “me no want to” and it works.

Testimonial Note from JD Weakley on Wed, Nov 28
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More badges for accomplishments

I think that it should be in particular for things like the hamster badge or cheetah badge, but more of them. Also, there could be badges like 500 pages (assuming you write in Arial 14) etc.

New Feature Vote from AlphaLord on Tue, Nov 27
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This has been the most amazing website ever! It truly is a blessing that I have a safe place to write down my thoughts knowing no one else will be able to see them.

Testimonial Note from Bridget Cotter on Tue, Nov 27
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Not only does 750 Words help my mental state, and clarifies my thinking, but Kellianne is also a savior of much anguish, as well. I love this site, I love the people who support it, and there aren’t enough words in the English language to express my gratitude! Thank you!!!

Testimonial Note from Elena Tucker on Mon, Nov 26
2 cups

I have been ill this week and struggling to write a research proposal for my Masters dissertation and in the mixed up days of delirium I missed a day of writing! I was on a 177 day streak and, whilst it’s not as impressive as some of the others’ I’ve seen on here, I was really proud of that. I’m excited to get back on the horse though and try and beat my personal best! This site is amazing and without it I would never have kept writing for 177 days in a row in the first place so thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Tayla Gittins on Sat, Nov 24
25 cups

So, so Thankful for another year of writing every day on 750 Words! I messed up a streak of over 1300 days, but I was back as soon as I could be, and back at over 60 days in a row again. I don’t know what I would do without having this wonderful page in my life, so many, many thanks for making it possible and keeping everything running smoothly!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Rose on Fri, Nov 23
1 cup
Click Away Counter

Another metric indicating the level of distraction during writing.

How many times did another screen get opened?

New Feature Request Note from Craig Donovan on Fri, Nov 23
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Tagging of Work

Hey – I’ve been using 750 for a few months now – is there a way to tag your work?
I.e., I’ve been focused on one story for the last few months but feel I need a bit of a break to try something new.

Would be great to be able to search on Tags that you could create.

Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Greggomatic on Wed, Nov 21
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I used to write on 750 Words religiously. It was THE platform to keep me going. I am a researcher and writing scientific articles and books can be difficult to get into when you first sit down to write. Eventually, I felt like freewriting 750 Words every morning before starting work just wasn’t helping. I felt like I needed that time to get into the grind of research and technical writing.

Well, I’m back! I’m back because I’m newly on my own, my day job is steady, and I want to get back into a habit that does help, fiction or nonfiction, in a community of writers that want to encourage each other. Here’s to new beginnings!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer M Kerner on Mon, Nov 19
5 cups

Those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month, keep writing! Words on the page, day after day. That’s the lesson of 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sat, Nov 17
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Staying Simple

I love the simplicity of the current daily pages. No distractions to format, just me and my thoughts landing on the page. If I want to ‘juzz’ a bit of what I’ve written, I take it over to Word and format to my heart’s content.

Letting the words flow onto the page is the goal. While I understand the desire to format our daily pages, it is the concentration on content that makes my daily writing satisfying. Let’s keep things simple.

New Feature Request Note from marcia shannon on Fri, Nov 16
5 cups
Encryption and mobile site and badges

It would feel much safer if the content was encrypted. Perhaps it could be timed in a way that the encryption takes place at midnight, when the text becomes ineditable anyway to enable the graphs, stats etc-features to work. Mobile Site would be great, too. Thanks for providing this great site.
Oh – yes. More badges. That would be awesome.

New Feature Request Note from ju ki on Thu, Nov 15
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What inspires me here is not so much I have found the ability and habit of spewing out words each day, but the ability to go back and read who I was long ago. In a way getting to know past self and as a uncomfortable introvert of low confidence, I can look back, read as an outsider may, and go, “wow” that was alright! There’s another person inside finally allowed to be free.

Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Curtis St. John on Wed, Nov 14
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A better mobile site

I would ask for an Android app, but with a better mobile site, we would have viable options while mobile. However, with an app, would we be able to post offline, thus maintaining streaks even when we would be without internet access?

New Feature Vote from Roland 🔥 on Wed, Nov 14
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I was over 300 days. I was participating in NaNoWriMo and I was on task with my word count to hit 50K by November 30. That ended on Saturday, November 10. Because that’s the day my Daddy died. He was 70. I’m 43. And now… now I have to try to write, because, how else am I going to face this day?

Testimonial Note from July MS Sadowski on Tue, Nov 13
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So I fell off the streak after my first 111 days, to say I am beyond irritated with myself doesn’t even come close. There’s a but, though and it’s a good one. Normally I would spiral into a slump of despondency and would see no point in carrying on, but I’ve come back today and got right back on it because 750 words has become part of my life and has helped me grow. I now finally, finally get what Joan Didion said about writing to understand what you think. Thanks 750 Words – you’re stars!

Testimonial Note from Sallie T on Tue, Nov 13
1 cup

I am not writing a novel or a great blog post most days. I am just trying to get my thoughts in order. In that way this is the best 5 bucks I spend every month. I take a few minutes a day to make sure my brain is thinking what I want it to think and move onto a great day!

Testimonial Note from Theodore Gorman on Mon, Nov 12
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750words reminds me that I am a writer. In 4 years of being here, I have yet to write my daily quota for a 30 day streak. I used to feel bad about this. But now I just let my membership be a reminder that this is where my heart belongs – communicating in the written word and other mediums. I work outside the home at a job that is increasing in responsibility and possibly will become a partnership. I have two 20-somethings that aren’t launched and struggling to support themselves. I am also the main caregiver for my fiance (7 nights, 4 days), basically the days I’m not at work. I’m always on the go, moving, doing, with no time to just STOP and SIT at my computer and WRITE. This moment is a rarity because I woke up ahead of my fiance which usually doesn’t happen. Sometimes when the day is done, I might have a few minutes that I can sit down, but I’m so exhausted, I just want my head to hit the pillow. 750 words reminds me that even when I don’t sit down at the keyboard regularly, I AM STILL A WRITER, and I WILL get these words onto paper eventually.

Testimonial Note from Diana Dee on Sun, Nov 11
2 cups

Something about journaling makes the planets of my life align, and I have been aware of this for decades. It hasn’t made me any more diligent in pursuing this life-affirming practice—until I found 750words.com. The badges are just freakin’ silly, yet they drive me to go for one more, one more, one more. I’m an addict in the most positive kind of way. And… I watch the planets of my life align in ways that are seemingly unrelated to 750 words. But that’s how magic works.

Testimonial Note from Liz Zélandais on Sun, Nov 11
2 cups

Something about journaling makes the planets of my life align, and I have been aware of this for decades. It hasn’t made me any more diligent in pursuing this life-affirming practice—until I found 750words.com. The badges are just freakin’ silly, yet they drive me to go for one more, one more, one more. I’m an addict in the most positive kind of way. And… I watch the planets of my life align in ways that are seemingly unrelated to 750 words. But that’s how magic works.

Testimonial Note from Liz Zélandais on Sun, Nov 11
2 cups

Something about journaling makes the planets of my life align, and I have been aware of this for decades. It hasn’t made me any more diligent in pursuing this life-affirming practice—until I found 750words.com. The badges are just freakin’ silly, yet they drive me to go for one more, one more, one more. I’m an addict in the most positive kind of way. And… I watch the planets of my life align in ways that are seemingly unrelated to 750 words. But that’s how magic works.

Testimonial Note from Liz Zélandais on Sun, Nov 11
1 cup

SO GLAD I joined just in time for NaNoWriMo and I LOVE that it alerts me when I’ve met the daily NaNoWriMo word goal, heck yes! Love this so much, thank you for this site <3

Testimonial Note from Vanessa Gomez on Sat, Nov 10
5 cups

Yet again in my quest for the magical 500th day, I have stumbled along the way, making it into the 300th something for the second time. That said, I simply will pick up my keyboard and try, try again, as there is something magical about coming here and pouring 750 + words out on the page each day. A toast to all of us that “oops,” then give ourselves a kick of oh, darn, then get right back up and start a new streak.

Testimonial Note from Jim Bartlett on Thu, Nov 08
1 cup
Named Headings and/or Colored Headings

I would like to see headings on the days’ page that I can name myself so when I am looking for a particular scene or idea I have written I can find it without having to click through each page manually to see what I wrote as a heading. Maybe color coding to start with where I could choose from 12 different colors and the X used to say the day was complete could be different colors?. A legend page where I could assign the subject or world the color is associated with could also be helpful. I use this website to do all my writing then I copy and paste it back to whichever word processor I am using but I am always searching through all the pages. Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Jay Tweedie on Thu, Nov 08
1 cup

I am an aspiring author and with the help of this system, I have begun a journey of writing every day. It was a laborsome task in the beginning and I had to push myself to build the habit but now it is part of my daily routine. I now feel like I have turned the corner and this is part of the overall system I am using to modify my life. I am now a writer.

Testimonial Note from Jay Tweedie on Thu, Nov 08
5 cups

I’m a Forever Phoenix. I’ve been writing here for six years now, and only twice have I managed to reach Pterodactyl — the second time, just today! I always blow it somewhere between 150 and 190. Nevertheless, 750 Words had become an indispensable part of my life. Writing helps me sort through all kinds of things, see patterns, and just generally clear my mind.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with splitting my writing, a little in the morning and a little more in the evening. It’s working well for me so far; I can capture the strange thoughts and ideas that float through my brain before I’ve really jumped into my busy day, then later reflect on everything that happened. I kind of miss (to a surprising degree!) the “uninterruptible” stars I used to get most of the time, but I’m finding the balance of beginning and ending my day with writing to be much more valuable.

Thank you for such an inspired, inspiring site!

Testimonial Note from Timo on Wed, Nov 07
1 cup

After years of being registered on here… I think I finally understood the idea of writing three pages a day. Funny really! Just want to thank you for being here and such a nice and clean page to dumb a load of crap on to get going with the day ;-)

Testimonial Note from Anni Wonder on Mon, Nov 05