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

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May this website be a beloved space where all thoughts, all perceptions, and all beliefs be welcomed as the miracle that they are. Thank you for helping me, 750 words. Many blessings.

Testimonial Note from Wyn Evans on Tue, Dec 15
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This should be a secure site especially because it receives money!

New Feature Request Note from Madelyn Freed on Tue, Dec 15
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I doubted myself. I felt inept, unable to craft a story, despite wanting to be a writer for as long as I could remember. Or at least after the ‘join the circus’ phase I went through. I just thought someday I would begin to write. But someday never came. There were always more pressing matters. Like the ironing. However, I took on the challenge issued by 750 Words. I just wrote, randomly, but consistently. And then I wrote and published my first book. A small one, mind you. One that had been sitting on a shelf for years. But I dusted it off, spruced it up and sent it out. I stopped procrastinating and I began to write. And now when I reread what I so randomly and casually wrote on 750 words, I realize I can craft a story. I can write. And I have a book with copies sold. My lifelong dream is not wrong. I am indeed a writer. Thank you 750 Words. You do good work.

Testimonial Note from Marie-Louise Parker on Mon, Dec 14
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750 Words has helped me avoid procrastination and that in itself is a great blessing. But there is more: using 750 words every morning helps me capture bits of writing that can be used elsewhere, including character descriptions that lead to excellent scenes with compelling conflict in my screenplays. Random paragraphs written on the spur of the moment are captured here and later harvested to develop a chapter in the book I’m working on. Thoughts become words, words become paragraphs and suddenly I’m 40,000 words into a book that otherwise would have remained in my “someday” file. Now, when an editor or a producer asks “do you have something else to show me?” I have a rich body of work, culled from the seeds I plant each morning, on 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Barbara Anne Carson on Mon, Dec 14
1 cup is the best site I’ve come across in regards to creating a journal thru computer. I like the metadata feature that makes it a lot more fun to find out what the main focus was today, and the pie charts are fun also to tell how things came thru and then compare it to yesterday in that regard. In general, I can say I’ve had a lot of good times already using this site and plan to continue bringing in the good times along here.

Testimonial Note from Joe Walsh on Mon, Dec 14
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Sun, Dec 13
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More text analysis

In response to JaTara on Sun, Dec 13, I would like to see lots of counters on a strip at the bottom. Of course, I will be able to turn on one or all at will. [words to go, words left, wpm, wph, words this week/month/year, local time with seconds, UTC without seconds, # of verbs this month, # of nouns this month, # of custom1-3 words this month, # of misspellings]
Note: Responding to the comment forced me to jump through Disqus hoops with an email address not associated with this account. I made two missteps before realizing.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 13
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Improve the Today page

I’d like to see to see an option to either hide the word count on the screen or at least display the number of words left before you reach 750. Few things encourage writer’s block more than typing for what seems like hours, running of things to say, and then looking at the counter in the bottom of the screen and realizing that you’ve only typed 100 words out of your daily 750.

New Feature Vote from JaTara on Sat, Dec 12
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Today I tie my longest streak writing these words. Tomorrow I start to set a new record. That’s pretty cool. This discipline has worked it’s way out into other areas of my life. I’m not sure that I’m using the idea correctly. Often, I know I’m not, like when I write sections of my stories or a letter to a friend as my 750. That’s sort of cheating, I guess, but it doesn’t feel like it. Writing is the thing. Writing something every day.
One way in which doing these words has made a big difference to me is that I know I can write something on demand, repeatedly. When I first heard of NaNoWriMo three years ago, producing 50k words in a month seemed impossible. Then, I saw the daily word count, 1666. That seemed quite doable, even though it seems impossible to a lot of people.
But, see, when I looked at that number, I realized that I could already produce 750 words in a day without batting an eye. 1666 was just doing my morning words twice plus some small change. Because of my morning words, what seemed to be a real challenge looked quite minor. Most days, it took me less than 30 minutes to do my words, so hitting the mark could be done in an hour. Looking at my stats every day gave me accurate measurements for what I could do and that wasn’t in terms of aspiration, it was in terms of things I had already accomplished.
Cranking out 750 words became a standard block. There have been days during NaNo that I didn’t hit my word count, either because life intruded and I didn’t write at all, or when I lost the thread of the story I was writing. There are always blank days and a struggle to catch up, but I never panic because I knew what I was capable of . This year, I fell so far behind that I had to produce 3000 words per day. Once I was caught up, I had a couple of 4000 word days, just to see if I could.
Here’s the thing, though, I always think of these goals in terms of morning words. Want to get to 3000 words? Four sets of morning words. Each one takes 30 minutes, so a mere two hours of actual writing.
My rhythm for writing now is 30 minutes writing, ten minute break, and I can be sure that this cycle will produce at least 750 words each time it is repeated.
Something else that has also surprised me is the sheer volume of what I’ve written since I started morning words. I got my 250k badge a couple of weeks ago. I’m up around 270k now. That seems like a lot of writing. But that is only the writing I’ve done as morning words. On top of that, there are blog posts, journal entries, stories. I don’t know what I’ve actually produced in total.
Wesley dean Smith tracks everything he writes and publishes the statistics each month. I think I’ll start doing that as well. I won’t be doing that for ego. I’m sure he doesn’t either. I’ll be doing it just to see what I’m really doing. I’m writing a lot more than I give myself credit for. Hell, even when I get a blank on NaNo, I have for sure written something else, and sometimes that something else is bigger than the missing NaNo output.
If nothing else, I should start giving myself credit for being a writing machine. Certainly, I would like the quality to be better. I know I’m improving, especially on my longer projects. On shorter pieces, like blog posts or writing exercises, the first draft is often good enough to publish. And a lot of the time, it’s best to publish something that’s pretty good and get on to the next project, rather than polishing and polishing in search of some unattainable perfection. I think that’s what Smith was talking about when he said to never rewrite. At some point you just have to ship and get on with your life.

Testimonial Note from Glenn Palmer on Sat, Dec 12
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I joined 750 Words in 2013 and not only has this site become a daily part of my life, it has changed my life.
I started to write my first novel around the same time I joined this site, and this is where I’ve worked everything out. My own angst and all that character angst.
It took me one year to finish that first draft, a very crappy draft. But I kept coming back here to write and revise. I also used this site to draft a query letter and write about my fears.
Then I started to receive rejection letters from agents. A LOT of them! I cried a lot on this site.
Just before Thanksgiving, there was an email from an agent who wanted to talk to me about my novel. In the end, I had three offers, and thanks to 750 Words, I’ve just signed the contract.

Testimonial Note from Rachel on Sat, Dec 12
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Private, unfiltered, spontaneous daily writing. More days than not it is about nothing like the perpetual Jerry Seinfeld show. There were times when I was diligently working on a writing and I would need these – what I call – writing temper tantrums. I couldn’t stay focused on what I wanted to write – so I finally would give in to my two year old writer, grab a crayon and clean piece of paper and allow myself to go at it!! It is like giving yourself a 750 word melt down! Now get back to work :)

Testimonial Note from Amie Nelson on Sat, Dec 12
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10,000 words badge.

I am about to hit ten thousand words. A lot of them are articles, pronouns, prepositions, misspelled, first grade verbs, and curse words, but there are going to be ten thousand in all. I should get a badge, or something.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Dec 12
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The discipline of daily writing for years has changed how I approach each day. Everyone has a bunch of stuff they have to do every day, but none of the expected upkeep for functioning as a member of society includes any mental housekeeping. 750words has provided just that. Some days are better than others. Some days I write for the sake of writing. But some days I discover things as I write. Some days I remember important things I’ve forgotten. And as a result, over the years, I’ve grown in a way that I can see if I look back over all those reams of words.

I realized how much this means to me when I broke an 800+ day streak due to an unforeseen disruption, but had it restored (a thousand thank-yous). I know the discipline and the growth is the real benefit to all this, but it’s heartening to have the streak as a solid, quantitative measure.

Thank you for all of it.

Testimonial Note from Áine on Fri, Dec 11
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Among many other things, this website acts as a discipline for me. I once got a streak of over 200 days straight, the found myself on New Year’s Eve of 2013 in the ER with a heart attack. My biggest regret over the following days was that I did not have my laptop, and my streak was broken. Writing every day come rain or shine is a good practice and keeps my mind in the game, and that is quite aside from the id dump that happens each time I write. Thank goodness for 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Dee Enn Ivester on Thu, Dec 10
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Fakecake on Thu, Dec 10
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I am the mother of 2 lovely young men. I say young men, because they are now 18, and 20. I cannot call them ‘boys’ anymore. I am also a twice over stroke victim at the age of 51 (a young 51 – but 51 nevertheless) I had my first stroke experience at 26. I was paralysed and blind at the time, but no longer so now, thankfully. I guess I beat the odds. and lived to publish a book about the experience.

750 words has been quite therapeutic for me. I didn’t realise how rambling on in the morning on paper could clear my mind for the rest of the day. It’s great! I have found that I’m also more motivated to start the day early too. And as a result, I’m getting more done each day. I am medically retired, so the days are long, and they roll into one another. 750 words has become one of the highlights of my day.


Testimonial Note from Jennifer Bent on Thu, Dec 10
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Since finding this site I have managed to write 62 days in a row, have completed Nanowrimo (and won for the first time in years) and have increased my writing output massively – all for less than the cost of a magazine a month! Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Kirstyanne Ross on Wed, Dec 09
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possible longhand capability for those of us with a stylus app or a tablet pc?

New Feature Request Note from Inga on Wed, Dec 09
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Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Elisabeth Tricou on Wed, Dec 09
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I’ve been trying to become a professional writer for years now, but could never establish the discipline of actually writing every day. Thanks to 750 words and your silly little badges, I’ve been writing every day for well over a month and don’t think I’ll be stopping any time soon! :)

Testimonial Note from Lauren Fenner on Mon, Dec 07
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Although I spend at least 3 hours per day writing, for the last month I’ve also been journaling 750 words each morning on this site. Writing 750 words has gone from an exercise I had to remind myself to do (“wake up and do the thing, take the dog out and do the thing”), to something that is now a fundamental part of my morning routine – I feel so strange if I haven’t done it. It has absolutely helped with my other writing. By placing my ephemeral daily garbage here, I am much better able to focus on larger projects with a clear and focused mind. It’s also helped my mental health too, probably. I’ve always been a crappy journaler, and somehow this site has gamified journaling for me in a way that I not only do it willingly, I LOOK FORWARD to doing it. Thank you thank you!

Testimonial Note from Julia Anderson Specht on Mon, Dec 07
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Thanks to 750 words I have been able to clear my mind of things I can’t say elsewhere. It’s awesome.

Testimonial Note from Carl on Sun, Dec 06
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I must say that I have started writing here a few weeks back and found that I was able to write stronger and more productively. When I stopped using the site I found myself struggling with words and what to say. I really think this is an excellent site for any writer. You can start your session off writing anything you want or more detailed information for what your working on. Either way using the 750 words and often more as your goal it definitely helps with your writing. I have found many times I wrote over the 750 words and found that my writing was much better. I am back for good. Fantastic site. I even shared your Facebook information on my Facebook page. You guys rock!! Happy Holidays Everyone!!
Testimonial Note from William P. Gerace on Sun, Dec 06
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A better mobile site

At present, the mobile site is all but unusable and I do a hell of a lot of writing on my phone. Alternatively, an Android app, because iThings are not the only things, though a lot of services seem to forget this.

New Feature Vote from vamp on Sat, Dec 05
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Elisabeth Browning on Sat, Dec 05
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Just wanted to say thanks for this site. After some fits and starts, I’m now on a 16 day streak, and it’s getting easier and easier to get motivated to write. I find just emptying my mind in the mornings leads to better thinking and writing during the day. This is perfect place for me to do it.

Testimonial Note from Will R. on Sat, Dec 05
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I picked up Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way way back in 94. I bought a special pen and a pad for my morning pages and for two whole mornings I forced myself to write three pages on legal pad. It was painful and let me tell you that pen and paper is simply barbaric. BARBARIC!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Dec 05
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750 Words has help A LOT during my depression and has helped me use writing as a positive outlet. Thanks for such a helpful site! Can’t wait use it for NaNo 2016!

Testimonial Note from Cassie Leak on Fri, Dec 04
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This fine app has helped me clear my mind and work through some anxieties. I am hopeful that this habit will stick, although I’m still in the formation stage at this point. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from E. R. on Fri, Dec 04
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Amy Mlinar on Fri, Dec 04