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

5 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Badges are a source of motivation for some people. Maybe badges related to statistics in some way or badges about daily word counts instead of a streak. Badges are fun to try to collect but once you’ve got most of them and you’re just streaking towards a goal, it can work against you.

New Feature Vote from Lauren Collister on Tue, Jan 05
1 cup

I found this site while searching for a way to journal online for free. I have been having a very hard time in my life but recently my mother died and my life has forever changed. Since I was crying everyday, which I still do, and since my heart is broken, I thought it was time to write.

I did join 750 words and I have been very surprised at how much junk is inside my mind. Things that I would have never had imagined and it has helped me release enough that I was able to finally go to counseling. I released things that perhaps I would not feel comfortable telling anyone. Nothing bad or illegal but something I just don’t want to share with people.

Every day I hold myself accountable now for doing specific things. Writing my 750 words have been a big priority for me. Not so much to write but to commit to something and follow through. I am proud to say that 47 days in a room I have made writing part of my daily routine and I hope I never stop or miss a day. I am not doing it for any reward from anyone but myself. My reward was reading, after I completed the December challenge, the perks. I know it helps with a charity and geez, I read that and who could not be pleased about that? I am glad that something I NEEDED to do for myself has also helped others.

I hope to earn many more cups and I hope I can share things that will help others. Peace Out !

Testimonial Note from Nicole Benoit on Tue, Jan 05
1 cup

It’s good for pushing through writer’s block… to get to 750 words, you have to put words on the page.

Testimonial Note from Highlander_II on Mon, Jan 04
1 cup

Freewriting on 750 words gets me ‘unstuck’.

Testimonial Note from Bronwen Merner on Mon, Jan 04
2 cups

I have been using for about 8 months now on and off, but this is my first note. Just wanted to write because it’s really helping me alongside Dry January – two challenges for me this month! I’ve been a heavy drinker for a long time now, so this site allows me to distract myself from that at times, and gives me an extra, positive outlet to replace negative ones (of which alcohol is my focus this month).

If anyone else has a drinking problem and is using this site to help with that, I’d love to hear from you. Cheers all and happy writing!

Testimonial Note from Dave Anderson on Sun, Jan 03
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I’m frequently worried that I’d lost words written on the mobile site (and once lost the day’s work completely) when it hangs, and I wish there was a dedicated app. It would really widen the range of places I can write in, thus helping me with my streak!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 03
1 cup

I love structured settings for projects ant this site has been helpful in being the sandbox I need to work on fiction.

Testimonial Note from plumdrops on Sat, Jan 02
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from plumdrops on Sat, Jan 02
1 cup
I do not know but will describe it. "Grief Partner"? "Hope Partner"?

I will describe what I am doing and await your suggestions and the suggestions of others on what might be done by you the website.
I began writing as a way to look back on my marriage since writing was recommended in a grief booklet provided by the hospital. I started the the same day I read that. I see 750 Words as a way to relive and help recall events and memories of our marriage. (The same booklet says a preoccupation with the life of the deceased is a common experience.)
In the “grief business”, if you will, I understand there are separate tracks for grief stemming from death and that from divorce. What I am talking about is death. Maybe someone has ideas for ways to use grief constructively.

New Feature Request Note from Fred Faraday on Sat, Jan 02
30 cups

Got me writing.

Testimonial Note from Lee Rusch on Sat, Jan 02
2 cups

I decided to give 750 words a try because I was familiar with Morning Pages and had been doing them off and on (well more off than on, if I am honest) for a number of years. Part of the problem for me was hand writing the MPs my hand was not quick enough to outrun the editor in my head. However, my typing is. And I was pleased to find a place where I could type the morning pages in peace. Now, I realize that some would consider it cheating. That handwriting is a closer link to the soul, blah, blah, blah. But you know, nuts to that. I think that the feel of the keys on a keyboard, the comfort level, the response of the key when hit by fingers and the material that the keys are made from, are just as tactile an experience as using a fabulous pen on a wonderful high grade paper. And for me at least, it seems to be giving my psyche some space. Sure at the moment all I do is moan, but within it come insights and those are leading to other things. So, 20-odd days later I am still going strong. Even signed up for a challenge to keep me honest. As many others have said before and no doubt others will say after, I am so glad to have found this sight. It is why I have become a patron. Happy writing to all.

Testimonial Note from Kaylois on Fri, Jan 01
3 cups

I started using 750 Words in mid-September and it really has changed a lot of things in my life.
1. It’s made me a better teacher because it’s helped me mind-dump how I’m thinking a unit will go and then brainstorm for each lesson, etc. That works for me so much better than trying to envision it while I’m filling in a unit planner or lesson planner.
2. It’s helped my state of mind a lot by allowing me to clear out some of the stuff that’s bothering me.
3. It’s also helping me keep in touch with people who are important in my life. I write the e-mail and then just copy/paste it. I love to double-dip…getting my words done and sending some love out there.
4. AND it’s helping me crack my inability to get anything done fiction-wise. I’ve even decided on a project to work on through January. That’s scary and exciting at the same time. Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!

Testimonial Note from Caryn Jones on Fri, Jan 01
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from albi.7w on Fri, Jan 01
1 cup
More text analysis

Would love more detailed stats – that’s what drew me to signing up for the site!

New Feature Vote from Sam Cohen on Fri, Jan 01
6 cups
Secure server for writing

It would bring great peace of mind to know that our pages and pages of personal writing are protected by a secure server. This site encourages intimacy, and a secure server would help us to feel more comfortable exploring that intimate space without self-censorship.

New Feature Vote from Ethan W. on Fri, Jan 01
27 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jan 01
1 cup

Today is the first day of the year. HAPPY NEW YEAR to one and all! I’ve decided to start the year with a bang, so I entered this months challenge even though I knew that today (New Years Day) would be challenging. I’m planning to see if I can enter challenge after challenge, month after month this year. It’s gonna be interesting! And it should surely help me to make writing everyday a habit.

I wish only the best to you all. Have a great year…try new things…and chase your dreams!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Bent on Fri, Jan 01
1 cup

This site is great for recording daily life moments. It’s a cool journal to write a few things about how life’s progressing and to enjoy looking back to see all the things you looked forward to and reached in the past leading up to what’s now considered the present.

Testimonial Note from Joe Walsh on Thu, Dec 31
1 cup

I failed but I’m better for it. I didn’t quite make a month this time around… but I have faith I’ll get to it eventually. Though I’m still working on writing every day for a month, 750 words helped me complete NaNoWriMo this year, so I’m thankful for that.

Testimonial Note from Samantha Miranda-Hess on Thu, Dec 31
3 cups

I have just purchased these 3 cups of patronage as a consequence for not completing my December challenge. Only 9 days in to December (and only 2 weeks in to using the site) I realised at 12:10 a.m. that I had not yet written my words. I seriously considered stopping the use of the site (I’d only started on a whim during AcWriMo) but instead found myself signing up for membership and promising myself that I would complete the rest of the challenge in any case. And I did! Although I don’t often write the kind of academic writing that I had set out to do originally, 750 words is helping me to plan the rest of the day’s work, reflect on what I’ve read, and act as a personal diary too. Getting all that out of the way clears a path for better academic writing in turn. I’ve signed up for the January challenge as well – one day, that Turquoise Horse badge will be mine :-)

Testimonial Note from Micky Vale on Thu, Dec 31
1 cup

To be honest, I wrote my 750 words today about whether or not I should sign up for a paid membership. I was one day away from finishing the December challenge, but also one day past my free trial, having started on November 30.

I went back and forth, and I’ll spare you the details, but the conclusion was that there’s really something unique about that has gotten me to write with a frequency I never have before, but always wanted.

I wish I could explain how, but this tool has just worked amazingly for me, and there’s no way I’ll stop now!

Testimonial Note from Brandon Powell on Thu, Dec 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Amy on Wed, Dec 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Amy on Wed, Dec 30
1 cup
Through 750words I am starting to prove to myself that I really can choose to do something, a little bit a day and really stick to it – if only these morning pages, which is about writing something that doesn’t need to be about anything else.
Testimonial Note from Deborah Cleland on Wed, Dec 30
1 cup
Tagging Entries

I love this site, and I’m excited to finish my first monthly challenge tomorrow. Great way to start the New Year.

I find myself wanting to go back to certain entries and string them together in some ways. Some days I write about ideas for my work. Other days are more personal. Others are about readings or what’s happening in the world. I really would love to be able to add some type of tags to each entry and then be able to sort by those tags. I know you are trying to keep this as simple as you can, but it would be a great way of making the site even more wonderful.

Thanks for the consideration, and Happy New Year to all!!!

New Feature Request Note from Will R. on Wed, Dec 30
4 cups
Improve the writing page

enable users to set their own writing goal (say 1000 or 1500), with a minimum of 750.

New Feature Vote from Tristan Kneschke on Tue, Dec 29
1 cup

I have a great life, and this website make it more. My husband introduce me to this site, and we even make it more to plan to make good habit in every activity of our daily life based on idea. This is our first month, and we hope we can continue to do the challenge every month. This habit making me more discipline to put up everything on my mind easily.
For the challenge, my husband have a really great idea, to make the challenge never beat you, then put yourself to punishment for lost $150 if you missed one day challenge. Made me so worried in the first place, $150 is quite a lot for me, and my husband said “yes that’s the point”, because I think it is quite a lot for me then it worth to be fight for. This is far more effective than I just punish myself to $1 lost. Haha. He got his point. Love him.

Testimonial Note from Ros Sumiati on Tue, Dec 29
1 cup

the idea of private, that is, secret ,writing, was what brought me onto this site at first – I am not confident about showing my work to people- and i have difficulty finishing things because of the need to keep my work secret but the confidence that has come with knowing i can get up every day and actually sit down and write something has opened up my life and given me a sense of accomplishment i haven’t had from other work -not even other writing work. this new confidence has made me decide to post a note here to say, publicly, that thanks to these pages i am starting to believe i am a real writer and to allow myself to discover my ‘real writer’ on these pages -Already , i get up every day knowing that I am going to meet my writer on these pages -

Testimonial Note from kate beswick on Mon, Dec 28
9 cups

Morning all, and a many good wishes from me to you, all my fellow wanderers on this writing journey. Today I reached 365 days of writing and 306 consecutive. I am going for the full 365 consecutive so I still have a few months to go. This December month end of 2015 saw me reach 500 000 words.
The site has been truly amazing for me this year. I had a few personal matters, disappointments and issues I had to sort out.
Writing helped me clear my mind and gave me a space to vent, as well as get the creative juices flowing which gave me answers to many of the problems and issues I was facing.
I have always enjoyed the musings of my fellow writers and have been encouraged many a time by the words of people i don’t even know.
Thanks to you all – and a special thanks and season greetings to our hosts – Thanks guys this is a truly great site and hope to be around this time next year.
Have a great Old years eve and the best 2016 ever Andrew

Testimonial Note from Andrew Bruce Donaldson on Mon, Dec 28
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Rebecca Wener on Mon, Dec 28