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

Mariah Hanley
Susan Van Cleave
Claudia Ahl
Kristina Bartleson
Deanne Richards
Brenda
Jason Green-Lowe
Rebecca Bloom
Joe Gallegos
Adam Sheehan
Lynn E. O'Connor
Carrie Boyle
David Schaich
Dana DuTerroil
Brianna Case
Mitchell Smith
Malcolm Khicken
AltaWit
Sophie Lippert
Kathryn Randall
Marian Darlington-Hope
Philip Gianfortoni
Christie Day-Gee
Lisa Check
ES Wright
ted gordon
heidi iffland
Atosa Melody Babaoff
JR PuffleStuff
Hanne van der Iest
Susan
Alanna Rossi
Jennifer Bowen
Abhijeet Gaiha
Jill Fairchild
Tophat Banjo
Cheryl Wollner
Kris Olson
Ryan Benson
Callum
Jean Dendy
Ian Hillan
B.
James Fletcher
David L. Medearis
Jan
Reinhard Krenn
Michael Wurster
Binit Baruri
Jena Gribble
Louise Usher
Chet Sandberg
Paul Corteville
Leah Meadows
Elizabeth Rian
Michelle Anne Roxas
Mimi
James LaBelle
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Lynda Elliott Goyzueta
Alecia Ramsey
Sue Newgas
Francesca Phillips
Dee
Michelle Greene
Terie Engelbrecht
Lauren H
Prasanth Karri
Jessica Schickel
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Edward Wooding
Kathryn Ruge
Estelle Laure
Marie Ellen
Jeff Homan
Lynn Drees
Frank Ochoa
Melissa Chai
Juan G. Cuevas
Itsme Notme
Murray Ingram
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Katelin Safford
Denyse Shannon
Vanessa V.
Jessica Kraus Adkins
Rob Gronbeck
Jason Ballard
Vicky Fraser
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Sumisu
Meryl Walker
Emilia
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Anthony
Sharon K. Maybrier
Howard L. Leinart
Helen Hawken
Hannah Boehmer
Jennifer Hunt

Notes of inspiration from members

2 cups

750words has been a lifesaver for me. As I’ve been going through a lot of personal turmoil, writing here is a part of my day that grounds me and forces me to stop, relax, think a bit, and write.

It’s not the first time that I’ve come to the site to write, but this time it has stuck. Previously my longest streak was maybe 30 days of writing. Today I have passed one hundred days and I’m still going strong.

Writing here has helped me to quell anxiety, to write faster, and has taught me to censor myself less. All of this, I believe, has may be a better writer and a better person.

In this era of pandemic coronavirus which is sweeping the globe, you have provided a valuable service to the world.

Thank you for making this a better place.

L

Testimonial Note from L Duperval on Wed, Mar 25
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Corné on Tue, Mar 24
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more focus writing more days

Testimonial Note from Robert langdon on Mon, Mar 23
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Testimonial Note from Shahin on Mon, Mar 23
10 cups

I have been writing on 750 words for roughly 4 to 5 years now. It has been an incredible experience, and I have gained a lot and struggled a lot as well. There have been years where I would barely write, but this year I vowed to become consistent with my writing once again.

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would write every single day for one month no matter what. This has now extended into 83 days of writing, which is my longest streak so far.

I wanted to write this post to bring some positivity into the world, given everyone’s fears about Covid-19.

During this time where most of us are (hopefully) self-isolating, I realised there is plenty we can do with all this time on our hands to better ourselves, and come out of this experienced transformed and renewed.

Here are some things I’ve been doing to boost my mental health, physical health and general well-being:

1. Writing 750 words every mornings (obviously)
2. Increasing my meditation practice by meditating twice a day.
3. Keeping a gratitude journal (on 750 words)
4. Going for walks in nature by myself (washing my hands before and after leaving the house!).
5. Push-ups, Sit-ups, Squats and Pull-ups.
6. Reading books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time, usually 30-60 minutes a day.
7. Facetiming with friends who I haven’t spoken to for a while.

This list is not intended as a brag or to shame others who have inevitably felt anxiety, depression and other mental health issues regarding our current times.

Rather, I wanted to highlight that since so much has been stripped away, we have been left with only the essentials: our bodies and our minds.

If like me you are currently unable to work, perhaps you can use this time to heal, grow and better yourself.

And if that seems like a little too much right now, just spill out your worries, concerns and anything else that is on your mind on 750words :)

Stay healthy. Stay safe.

Testimonial Note from Shahin on Mon, Mar 23
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Testimonial Note from Shahin on Mon, Mar 23
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Star a day you want to remember

Sometimes you write ideas or things you want to remember. There’s not one word that describes it, and you want to remember to go back to that day later and implement your ideas or read your thoughts again. I’d love to have an option like that! So once you finished your words, you could click a star or any other mark. Just like “liked songs” on spotify, or “save for later” on youtube. That kind of thing :-) Thank you so much for this place. I’m so happy to be here.

New Feature Request Note from Nina Pi on Sun, Mar 22
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from CDH on Sat, Mar 21
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Improve the writing page

maybe offer a prompts for directed writing as an option

New Feature Vote from Ryan O'heron on Sat, Mar 21
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Donate pages for historical research

An opt in feature that after a preditermined amount of idle time on the account (years?) or contact from family members on the user’s death that all of their writing is compiled and given to a library or historical society for the use of research.

It recently came to my attention that historians love detailed accounts of events or common activities like what may be in journals or books. This seems like it may be a good source for that, as long as it’s an opt in feature.

New Feature Request Note from Margaret Williams on Thu, Mar 19
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750 Words has helped me write more, more often, and most importantly helped me not feel alone. I love that we earn Cups of Patronage, because it does have a bit of that coffee shop flavor – alone, but not lonely, alone, but others online also writing, alone, but together. Very glad I have found this. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Sharon Small on Wed, Mar 18
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I’m keeping my diary of self isolation here on 750 Words, as I suspect many of us are. The changes in the world can really shake things up, and they keep changing. I feel so luck to have this place to pour out my feelings, emotions, reactions, and observations as our country—and the world—face this crisis! Thank you to Buster and KelliAnne for giving us this space. <3

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Rose on Wed, Mar 18
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Wonderful idea, how come I never thought of it? Great to get you started with your writing career or if you just need to clear your mind of any negative or hostile thoughts, it’s a release, however, it’s also great for anything positive you want to release or even read back. I don’t use it as often as I should but have made the pact with myself to do so in future as it makes me feel good, as though I am working toward something, even if it is just getting rid of toxic waste from my mind – better out than in as “they” say!

Testimonial Note from Barb McGuire on Tue, Mar 17
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Time Travel

Once upon a time, it was possible – if you ran out of time at midnight without having QUITE finished your words – to sneakily time travel by changing your time zone and thus continuing to write in a magically extended day, a la Louis Wu in the opening chapter of Ringworld, only more fun. Sadly it apears that rather welcome buglet has been tidily removed. Please bring it back!

New Feature Request Note from Yonmei onIJ on Tue, Mar 17
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750Words has helped me tremendously through this tough time. In a time of deep uncertainty (March ‘20) we are all in need of compassion for each other but also for ourselves. I am often too critical of myself and yet I’ve been trying to really practice gratitude through my writing over the last few trying days.

I give everyone the permission to be kinder and more gentle to themselves during this difficult time. Habit formation and writing is a fantastic method to maintain your sanity in this time and I encourage everyone to stay optimistic.

Testimonial Note from Eric Roseman on Tue, Mar 17
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This is the best writing space I have found. I am so grateful to have a place to log in and type to clear my mind. I usually try to do it first thing in the morning, but I’ve had a few days where it was so freeing to type right before bed. Thank you for this place <3

Testimonial Note from Stacy York on Tue, Mar 17
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I have never been more consistent with writing than with this site! So grateful for the ingenuity here and the support!

Testimonial Note from Amber Davis on Mon, Mar 16
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Эти 750 слов помогли мне самому себе доказать, что я способен из себя, так сказать, излить все что накопилось, что должно быть сказано как им, мне, всем. Огромное мое спасибо придумавшим этот тренажер я буду стараться не пропускать ни единого дня

Testimonial Note from BorisKodilenkov on Mon, Mar 16
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Badge Stickers

It would be fun if you guys sold stickers of the badges, but only after you earn them.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Skinner on Fri, Mar 13
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This site has really helped me. I use the “brain dump” method and simply type whatever is in my head until I get to 750 words. I’ve been astonished how helpful it is for me to start my day – I’m much clearer, much less weighed down by uncertainty, and if I have any unconscious worries they are sure to come up so I can deal with them. Sometimes I just type the species of birds at my feeder or what my dog looks like as she naps at my feet, but even this, being present in the moment, is a great way to start the day. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting this site out there and helping people. I hope it has blessed you as it has me.

Testimonial Note from Carrie Smith on Fri, Mar 13
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750words is like my morning coffee. I have tried to write here at other times of the day, but for me, the morning is best. I dump out yesterday’s worries and my desires for today. I have found some of my best writing gold here on the page. I am grateful for the daily encouragement of knowing I have written today with my writing streak tally. I am grateful for this space and three years later I am a better writer because of it.

Testimonial Note from Jaimee Walls on Wed, Mar 11
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750 words he has motivated me to do a short writing every day, even though I actually speak my writing. Thanks so much.

Testimonial Note from Robin Roseth on Wed, Mar 11
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Improve the writing page

I think this is a fabulous site. Small improvements like being able to bold certain words, use numbering and bullets, change font color when I want to would help me find nuggets I want to use in the future easier.

New Feature Vote from Jan on Mon, Mar 09
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Improve the writing page

I think this is a fabulous site. Small improvements like being able to bold certain words, use numbering and bullets, change font color when I want to would help me find nuggets I want to use in the future easier.

New Feature Vote from Jan on Mon, Mar 09
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I am amazed to see that I have hit a million words. When I started using this site the idea of writing that many words did not seem possible. We throw around YouTube views and athlete’s salaries and a million can feel small, but typing words on a screen, every day, just 750 at a time? That is a very tall mountain to move. But yesterday I did it and now I am going to use a bunch of my coffee cups to share three thoughts about how this site has changed me. The primary way that I am a different writer today is that I do not fear writing tasks in my work. I know that I will turn to this blank page and generate a draft. Then those drafts go into Evernote for editing and polishing. Now those parts of the writing process I still do not enjoy, but what a difference it is to know that I can clear the first hurdle in the process, and there is a universe between no draft and a first draft. I am on my way.

Second, this is the strongest habit I have ever formed. My day’s list of tasks is not finished until my words are done. I often write at night rather than the morning, but I write. My longest streak was over 500 days, interrupted by a trip to Australia, and I am currently on another 300 day run. Like the best of habits, my mindset has flipped. Where it once felt odd to write daily, it now feels strange not to. It’s an unsettled feeling in my gut that has to be addressed.

Lastly, my proudest writing accomplishment in these million words is writing the toast I gave for my daughter and her new husband at their wedding six weeks ago. They announced their engagement last May, and I had a draft done in June. I even remember writing it in a Princi bakery in Seattle on a warm June afternoon, the patio windows open as I typed away on my Surface. With each draft my message became clearer. In the fall the groom’s father asked if I would toast both the bride and groom. More drafts, more emerging clarity. Sometimes I revised drafts in Evernote, other times I would just start over again here. I finished the final version at 2:00 in the morning of their wedding day. It was the most important speech of my life and I know in my heart I gave it the best effort I possibly could. Many people have told me how much they liked it, which feels great, but more importantly for me is that I think it revealed the heart of the newlyweds’ relationship as I saw it. It is the best thing I have ever written, and it became that because I rewrote it several times, and I did that because of this site.

Testimonial Note from Bob Stocking on Mon, Mar 09
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Mel Robbins mentioned this site and I had to check it out for myself. I’ve been here ever since. I used to love to write, but set it aside as frivolous when in fact it’s a necessity. As I move through this journey of building positive, daily habits, this has been the easiest to stick to and the most enjoyable. I love having this time and space just for me and I highly recommend it. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Lurasmind on Sun, Mar 08
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750 words help me brain dump every night, I’m using it to discipline myself and create a habit of writing everynight, then spill this discipline into ot.her areas, i notice i sleep better and my mind is clearer everyday. tonight i had to decide if i wanted to pay and remain a member, after thinking about how much this has been helping me , its a no brainer.

Testimonial Note from Cheryl on Sat, Mar 07
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I love it! I love the tracking and the badges and especially the one-month challenges. Which I did not complete. Hence this pot of coffee. Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from LeAnne McDaniel on Sat, Mar 07
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Ability to upload profile photo

I’ve been a member for two months now. And I still cannot upload my profile photo. I contacted you guys about it and there was a reply that it was a known issue but with no ETA on a fix. This should be something simple to get fixed. I would donate $ or $10 – IF – I knew for sure that it would promise this would get fixed. I plan to continue being a member because I love your website. But it’s hard to sell others on it when something this simple has this glitch.

New Feature Request Note from Cindy Bahl on Fri, Mar 06
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More badges for accomplishments

I would love to see more badges-I haven’t had one for ages despite writing every day for 65 days!

New Feature Vote from Lucia Gannon on Thu, Mar 05