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 signed up for an account here before June 13, 2013, and was grandfathered in, and I cannot be more thrilled that I was. I, admittedly, mostly forgot about this site after the first month or so of usage, but now, a bit more than 2 years since I signed up, I have just completed my first full month!!

Writing is my passion, and I don’t know where I’d be without it, but sometimes it does feel like a chore to get the words out on a page, let alone to make them mean something. 750words.com is helping me to do it anyway, and now every time I hit a day where my inspiration reserves are depleted and my creative motivation is just gone, I’ll write anyway, even if it’s just whatever pops into my head so i can preserve a streak. And, it’s getting easier.

So, thank you, Buster and Kellianne! I love this site very much. : )

Testimonial Note from V on Mon, Aug 03
5 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

For Android as well, though. An app where, if you can’t get online one day, you can write into the app and it will log that you did write on this particular day. That way you could maintain your streak even if you can’t get online.

New Feature Vote from Aoife Lonergan on Mon, Aug 03
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Karen McCandless on Mon, Aug 03
3 cups

Unless I spend money on a plan, it doesn’t come to be. Thus, signing up for 750Words patronage was my way of ensuring that, yes, I really would write 750 words every day.

The money (which is very little) is well-worth the investment. I’ve tried many times before to get into the habit of writing, but it never took. Now, however, while I’ve missed a few days here and there, the overall habit is solid!

Testimonial Note from A.J. ELLIS on Sun, Aug 02
1 cup

I’ve started and stopped on dozens of writing apps and programs over the years, none of which really helped me write the way I wanted to. There was no inspiration, no real motivation. Until I got to 750words. I’m not sure how I got here but I’m glad I found it. When I write, I don’t care if it’s good, bad, doesn’t make total sense or is just plain embarrassing. I can get it out of my head and onto the screen, and it helps that I want those badges, that I want to continue that streak, and that’s a motivation that keeps me going. Thanks Buster & Kellianne, this really is a lifeline!

Testimonial Note from jasmin on Sun, Aug 02
1 cup

Thanks for grand-fathering me at 750 words. I am returning as a patron after a long silence. I’ve decided I need to focus on my own writing – the long list of blog topics, essays, web posts, half-composed e-book ideas, instead of just editing, consulting on the writing of others. I’ve been recommending your site to many of the graduate students I’ve coached. Now I’m taking my own advice. Thanks, Buster and Kellianne, for the site!

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Latkovski on Sun, Aug 02
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from A.J. ELLIS on Sun, Aug 02
1 cup

This has been a wonderful way for me to focus and get back to my writing. I look foreword to what I can produce this month. Thanks for creating this site.

Testimonial Note from Carolyn Finch on Sat, Aug 01
3 cups

Paying my Wall of Shame Debt! I love this site and keep coming back. One of these months (This Month!) I’m going to make it.

Testimonial Note from CrowSister on Sat, Aug 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Amna Khan on Sat, Aug 01
3 cups

I started out rather slowly, but soon picked up speed. I played around writing this and that, doing streaks of writing for a few days, or only one or two, then waiting between. Meanwhile, I was impressed enough with the site to recommend it to my writers’ critique group. And to my writing students. And to people I would meet at writers’ group meetings, whether small and local or state-wide. I am now working on a streak of WELL over 500 days: in other words, I haven’t missed a day for over a year-and-a-half. For which, I must thank Buster and Kellianne. I’ll let you know when I hit 1,000,000 words - and it won’t be long now! Thank you,, thank you, thank you, B & K ! ! !

Testimonial Note from Brenda Bensch on Sat, Aug 01
5 cups
Improve the monthly stats page

As writers we are encouraged to use ALL 5 of the senses, yet the stats page only shows 3. If you could find/invent a logarithm (or however that has to work), I’m sure more serious writers than myself would welcome the help . . . and dabblers may get a kick out of it too. What am I leaving out or skimping on? I’d love the analysis to show me sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell. Especially the latter, as it is SO evocative of a time and/or place.

New Feature Vote from Brenda Bensch on Sat, Aug 01
1 cup

I have been writing Morning Pages since I discovered The Artist’s Way more than a decade ago. Before then (in my emo days of high school) I kept a journal, but did not write consistently. Morning Pages have helped me immensely. Even after periods of not doing them, there is a reason I kept coming back. They help clear the clutter in the brain. They are the fastest way I have found to get to the root of any problem, to identify how you really feel about something. They are better than therapy.
I had always written them in composition notebooks. I currently have a stack of a couple dozen that I am not sure what to do with (open to suggestions here.) When I found 750 Words I was looking for a way to track my fiction writing similar to NaNoWriMo. I was not looking to move Morning Pages to a new format. But I was charmed by the site and decided to give it s whirl, convinced that I would not like doing Morning Pages electronically. I was hooked after I got my second badge. And I haven’t missed a day since. Having the data and checkboxes add a visual aspect to keeping on track that I didn’t know I was missing. It has been a wonderful experience and I am delighted that so many other people seem to be finding 750 Words just as useful.
Give it a go. You have nothing to lose by trying it on. If it doesn’t fit, try something else.

Testimonial Note from Eric William Green on Sat, Aug 01
3 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from J. Anderson Bliss on Sat, Aug 01
5 cups
More stats on the Eternity page

I would like to be able to edit the Metadata. I love the feature because it helps me look back to see which project I worked on that day. But I made some spelling errors (wather for weather for example) and have some data I no longer need to track. Is there way to adjust this…and if not…can we add that?

New Feature Vote from KAdams on Sat, Aug 01
1 cup

I found this site last month. Its been the best thing ever! I’ve been trying to develop the daily writing habit for years with no success. I tried many things: self discipline, buying books on writing and following their instruction, and many more. Nothing worked. Then I found this site… BANG!! Its happening. I absolutely love my writing space here.
And today is the first day of the August writing challenge. Decided to dedicate this months writing time to my mother. This is her birthday month but she died last year. I want to write about her during my August challenge. When that’s done, I will print, edit, bind, add some photos and give a copy of my ‘Mother Book’ to my siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. So excited.
Buster and Kellianne, both of you are two amazing people to have created this incredible tool of 750 Words. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Sandra Jayasinghe on Fri, Jul 31
21 cups

I was startled to realize last night that I’m coming up on the one year anniversary of my 750 words habit. Although I’ve hit some lengthy streaks, I struggle with keeping them going; this month I’ve had a succession of four and five day runs and then breaks. For a while this discouraged me—I wanted so much to rack up those badges for unbroken streaks, and every time I’d miss a day I’d feel frustrated at having to start over again. But what I’ve realized over this past month is that what’s important to me personally about 750 words is NOT the unbroken string – it’s the going back to it after I’ve missed a day. It’s the not giving up because I’m less than perfect that builds the life practice. So thanks, Buster and Kellianne. Even though the last year hasn’t been a 365 day streak, I’ve still accumulated over 300,000 words. And that’s really satisfying :-)

Testimonial Note from Melissa Hoagland on Wed, Jul 29
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Tawny Lindahl on Sun, Jul 26
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Ugh, I know it’s not the point of keeping a streak. I know this. And I’ve had over 300 day streaks that I’ve lost and had to deal with that I felt. And after a couple of lost streaks I’m getting better at accepting this inevitability. With that being said…
Is there anyway of maybe getting a streak saver? Like on Duolingo? That way if you miss one day you can maybe save the streak? I don’t know. It’s just a thought…

New Feature Vote from Thomas Wallace-Hunt on Sun, Jul 26
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I want a wall full of badges. And then scroll down and see more. How cool would that be?

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 25
1 cup
Improve the writing page

The little word count at the bottom of the page, it keeps scrolling away over the fold. Could it please be made so that it stays at the bottom of the browser window?

New Feature Vote from James Schindler-Ord on Sat, Jul 25
2 cups

The internet is full of so many things, good and bad, banal or terrifying. This site is different, this site is remarkable. Of the many addictions I have had over the years (some useful, others not so much) this is without doubt the absolute best of them. Not only do I come to 750 Words and write them every day with joy, even when it’s hard, but the amount of time I spend writing elsewhere has increased massively. My creative output has never been higher nor my mood so consistently positive. Tomorrow (barring some great unforeseeable event) I will come back and write at least seven hundred and fifty words for the fiftieth day in a row since I began. Badges are sweet but I won’t need one tomorrow to make that feel any better than it already does.
Thank you, Buster and Kellianne, you created something unique, inspirational and wholly good and you put it out into the world for anyone to share. You are seriously cool people – as are all the other writers that come here and do what they do. Spread the word, this place is a gift we can all share with everyone who for whatever reason wants or needs to write.

Testimonial Note from Deb Herman on Sat, Jul 25
1 cup

I agonize over work and money and life in general. I like to imagine certain things happening, but find that when I focus too narrowly on a goal, the path to it becomes so narrow and uncomfortable that I lose things along the way. So instead of bottling up all the anxiety and compulsive planning, I let it out here. Where no one will ever know about it. Except you, since I just told you all. Whatever. Point is, it’s good for my brain!

Testimonial Note from Jessie LSN on Fri, Jul 24
1 cup

I have been doing Morning Pages on and off for over 15 years after reading The Artist’s Way. However, my discovery of 750words has revolutionized my morning writing. It gets me to my keyboard and taps into my creative juices before the practicalities of the day threaten to distract me. My fear of someone else reading my ramblings is gone so I’m freer to truly write whatever I’m thinking…to follow my muse. And who doesn’t love the badges? It reminds me of Girl Scouts. I was an over-achiever and had to get them ALL!! Even though the daily writing practice alone should be my reward, I admit I’m motivated by earning new badges. Thanks Buster and Kellianne for making Morning Pages so much fun!

Testimonial Note from Christine Hoy on Wed, Jul 22
2 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, Jul 21
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, Jul 21
1 cup

I’m going through a significant life change or transition. Writing it out whilst walking through the valley of shit is keeping me going.

Testimonial Note from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, Jul 21
1 cup

Thank you for this wonderful site. I’ve written in notebooks and on computers, but the way you’ve organized your site makes it so easy and encouraging to keep at it. It just works, you’ve nailed it :)

Testimonial Note from Sheila on Mon, Jul 20
1 cup

I’ve been having a very difficult time at work for the past 3 years and it is not likely to go away. A lot of my colleagues are in similar back-wall-situation which really messes up your head. There are reason why I don’t quit. I do 750Words first thing in the morning. In fact to keep the effort disciplined I make myself write exactly 1000 words per day. I feel like I achieve something very meaningful for the day that keeps my head above the unpleasant circumstances. Thank you…

Testimonial Note from Gloriam Dei on Thu, Jul 16
1 cup

I am doing a NaNo (50k) a month, now. It’s great stuff, I never thought I’d get this far! Even if almost all my entries say “Feeling mostly UPSET” “Concerned with DEATH” (This is what I get from writing superhero/urban fantasy epics. Ain’t no one happy.)

Testimonial Note from ES Wright on Thu, Jul 16