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

3 cups

I did NaNoWriMo this year, and being able to write on this site really helped. I actually completed 50k words for my novel on November 24! Thanksgiving interrupted my flow, but it’s a new month, so I’ll start again. Thank you for this site. I’m especially grateful to the people who leave all the inspirational notes here. Thanks to Kellianne and Buster for the daily notes as well. It really keeps me on track!

Testimonial Note from Dionne McBride on Tue, Dec 01
3 cups

Thanks to 750 words I undertook and won the Nanowrimo challenge last month. I could never have done it without the daily practice that this site inspires. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Alison Colwell on Tue, Dec 01
6 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sabina Carp on Tue, Dec 01
1 cup
A Stat Request

I would like to see an average words per day stat. Keeping it simple too like based on the total number of days you have been a member. I know it’s easy to figure out manually but I thought it might be good to see if it was available as an over stat and perhaps on the monthly view as well. I personally have set my goal to 800 words per day and plan on increasing it gradually so seeing my average words per day could act as a motivator too for those that want to write more.

Thanks!

David

New Feature Request Note from David Page on Tue, Dec 01
1 cup

I’ve written over 17,000 words since joining 750 words last month. Well, officially using my account anyway. That’s 17,000 more words than I would have written had I not joined. Why wait? I’ve been calling myself a writer for years now, but I didn’t feel like one until now. Write every day. It’s that simple!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Dec 01
5 cups

102k for NaNoWriMo. I would never have thought it possible six months ago. But after hitting over 50k a month since June, it was an attainable goal. I seized the day, and let out a mighty yawp of triumph yesterday as I crossed the finish line.

750 Words made it easy to plan my day-to-day goals, tabulate my daily achievements and my overall word count, have yesterday’s words just a click away without cluttering my new thoughts, kept a place where i could flow between breaks at work and when I got home, a space to write to myself when I got stuck… the list goes on! (Also: the little pop-up telling me I’d passed the daily NaNo allotment was a great touch!)

Though I might not have another 100k month for a while, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try and make it a habit. This past month proved I could excel, write decent— if raw— prose, and not get distracted even with a full time job.

The draft is not finished; I still have a whole section to write. I don’t have to tell y’all where I’m going to be drafting it. ;) Thanks again — and here’s to more success for us all in December!

Testimonial Note from ES Wright on Tue, Dec 01
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I love striving towards achievements! I’m one of those gamers. ;)

New Feature Vote from ES Wright on Tue, Dec 01
1 cup

I love the freedom I feel to just start writing whatever comes to mind, and then eventually veer into something that is also quite useful. 750 words really helped me complete my goals for #AcWriMo for the first time. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Nicholas R. on Tue, Dec 01
1 cup

I have done my words every day this year (pretty much. There were some exceptions.) It feels great. I don’t even sign up for the monthly challenge because one month isn’t a challenge anymore. I finished my NaNoWriMo entirely on here yesterday. I just wrote a reflection on it and steps moving forward. I will do all my reworking in here too. Have a blank page to fill each day is worth coming back to. Thank you for providing this service.

Testimonial Note from Ian A Winship on Mon, Nov 30
21 cups

I’ve enjoyed all these days writing 750 words. But now I’m on to different things. I may come back…not sure yet. Over a year streak of writing has given me the knowledge about myself that I can hang in there for a LONG time. It’s been good for me and helped my writing. THANKS!

Testimonial Note from Carol Factor on Mon, Nov 30
1 cup

I just finished the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote a first draft of a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I think my 750 word writing habit made it possible. The interesting thing was that I forgot to paste my daily writing into 750 words most days so my streak went all to hell. But my writing habit did not. Thanks guys for teaching me discipline.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Mon, Nov 30
3 cups

Just had my NaNoWriMo words validated on that site, which felt super. Could never have done it without all the writing I’ve done here. Thanks again Buster and Kellianne. Who else of our tribe won the NaNoWriMo challenge this year?

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Mon, Nov 30
3 cups

I love this site! I’ve been writing for three years nonstop. Well, except for the times when I got married or when I was truly ill. I have a routine. I write every morning. It’s a true brain dump. There’s no organization whatsoever. I just write whatever pops into my head. It’s really helped me to organize my thoughts and work through things. THANKS FOR THIS SITE!

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Sun, Nov 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Ami Khalsa on Sun, Nov 29
1 cup

I’ve been working on a one-person show and I thought for a long time that this writing was “separate” and other but I’ve recently discovered that a) it clears the way and b) I can actually get work done on the script. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Harris on Sun, Nov 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love having a goal, and it is more of an incentive to write.

New Feature Vote from Calypso Minerva on Sat, Nov 28
1 cup

I have always loved writing, but always had a problem sticking to it. This site has helped me begin to look forward to writing. 750 words a day seemed like a writing goal I couldn’t try to reach for every day. But I have found that 750 words aren’t enough to write.

My note is not moving or eloquent in wording. But it’s real.

Testimonial Note from Calypso Minerva on Sat, Nov 28
10 cups

Feeling thankful in a glow of post-holiday contentment; 750 Words is very near the top of my list of things for which I am grateful!

Testimonial Note from Joy Ralph on Fri, Nov 27
4 cups

Thanks Kellianne and Buster, for another great year.

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Thu, Nov 26
4 cups

750 Words has been the place where, for over 1700 consecutive days and over 5 nonconsecutive years, I have spilled my thoughts. I’ve planned novels, college essays, and plays; I’ve worked through depression and disappointment and confusion; I’ve chronicled middle school through now my first semester at college, and in every little green rectangle lives at least 750 words of the story of my life, archived in the moment without self-censorship. That is a gift that I will never be able to repay the whole team here for, but please know how much it means to me – and as an American on Thanksgiving, it just seems fitting to expend four cups of patronage and a few moments to let you know how much this site has meant to me over the years, and the incredible positive impact it has had on my life!!

Testimonial Note from Ainsley Christine on Thu, Nov 26
3 cups

What a wonderful site this is. It melds in a great way with morning meditation and I get up from the computer feeling like my head is on a little straighter! Thank you for 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Patricia O'Leary on Tue, Nov 24
1 cup
Privacy assurance

I would like some or the other sort of feature that will assure members that all that they write about are safe and that it will not be used in any way without their permission. Help members put their confidence that it is a safe space.

New Feature Request Note from Kunzes Dumbang on Mon, Nov 23
3 cups

One year ago was the eve of my 29th birthday. I was fresh out of a breakup, beyond burned out in my job, creatively inert, and more than a little spooked to have only one year left in my 20s. So I went way out of character and set some goals. One of them was to complete 365 days of journaling on this site. I’d been using it on and off since 2012 but hadn’t been back since inadvertently breaking a 260-some day streak the year before and being too devastated to start over again at 0.

But I set that goal, and I came back. And here we are on the eve of my 30th. Once I write today’s entry, I’ll have made it 365 days. I also have a new job, am in an incomparably beautiful and loving relationship, completed a 30-day 30-poem challenge in April and am about to complete another birthday-based 30-day 30-poem challenge, and oh yeah just ran a half marathon for the first time ever. It has been an unbelievable (truly, an impossible to believe) year. Good fortune accounts for a lot but so does having rearranged my way of living and having this space to reflect and vent and process. THANK YOU! I’m so happy.

Testimonial Note from a on Sun, Nov 22
1 cup

I knew that I would eventually break my first streak, but I didn’t think it would be because I fell asleep at the keyboard without finishing my words. Back to an egg! But, after 67 days, the habit is ingrained. Writing daily has had a completely unexpected effect on my life, both privately and publicly.

Testimonial Note from Kyle Putnam on Sat, Nov 21
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Logan Donley on Sat, Nov 21
1 cup

I cannot believe that a few weeks ago I had no idea 750 Words even existed! Since my day one, I have been absolutely addicted! I can write about all the important things in my life that I like to keep to myself. If I am feeling unsure about myself, I am able to really see a great breakdown of how my emotions are playing out. It truly is so inspiring to keep me going and work on my writing and myself! Thank you 750 Words and Team

Testimonial Note from Christina Levitan on Sat, Nov 21
1 cup

750 words has helped me clear my head. Writing helps me focus and get what is bothering me or what i am excited about out on “paper” and I’m able to make sense of my thoughts. It’s great!

Testimonial Note from Desarae Bloom on Fri, Nov 20
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Leo Rubiano on Fri, Nov 20
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

…And also Android, preferably, since I don’t know for sure whether or not I’m going to have an iPhone forever. I’d love to be able to write on the go, since I can’t always be in a place with Internet access (save for phone 4G).

New Feature Vote from VisceralLuster on Fri, Nov 20
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

The ability to write on the go.

New Feature Vote from lori howell on Tue, Nov 17