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

2 cups
List of countries where 750 Words writers live.

I think it would be fascinating to see somewhere on the site a list of the countries where 750 Word writers are writing from. I see the times listed when people finish their Words, and it’s hard to imagine where they are. Knowing how world-wide a group we are would be fun.

New Feature Request Note from Bhavani on Mon, Jun 08
1 cup

I just added day 7 to my streak and I could not be more ecstatic. 7 straight days of writing, of working on a story that has been in my head for well over 7 years now. 7 days of writing of an idea 7 years in the making. I like the sound of that. 750words has helped motivate me. I haven’t been this excited to write in years. I have no idea how or why it’s working, but it is. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jun 08
3 cups

just want to share that joining 750 words and actually showing up to write has brought me peace of mind, opportunities to write what I don’t to say out loud, spill my worries and concerns, and also find my way out of the confusion. I have been able to to solve problems i didn’t know I had. just by forcing myself to get to the 750 words. thanks

Testimonial Note from Sylvia Méndez-Morse on Sun, Jun 07
2 cups

750 gives me time to dump the plethora of spinning thoughts, feelings and ideas in my mind into this writing. Afterwards I feel that much calmer and clearer. In stressful times it’s helped me really get my thoughts in order and vent my frustrations. Thanks, 750. Love ya

Testimonial Note from R B on Sun, Jun 07
5 cups

I am at day 101. I have a system for writing – a bit of this and that, then I go through the pillars of mindfulness – patience, acceptance, non judging, non striving, having a beginner’s mind, letting go and trust, I will be patient today….I will trust that…after those I spend some time on gratitude and intentions for the day – that eats up my 750 words. This practice goes well with my intention to be more mindful in my life. Thank you Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Esther on Sun, Jun 07
1 cup has been useful for dealing chronic illness and cPTSD, where consistency in journalling is very important. It’s helping me develop a good writing habit, and get healthier as a result.

Testimonial Note from Kymberly Fergusson on Sat, Jun 06
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page

Long-term trends sounds like a great idea.

New Feature Vote from Kymberly Fergusson on Sat, Jun 06
2 cups

Today I passed 100 uninterrupted days. They have been a roller coaster of emotions but 750 words has helped me clear the mind when necessary. Writing has been a catharsis for me and helped me many days over the hump. I am looking forward to the next 100. Thank you B&K.

Testimonial Note from Andrew Bruce Donaldson on Sat, Jun 06
1 cup
Improve the writing page

make it so that you don’t lose the paragraphs when you come back another day!

New Feature Vote from Tristan Kneschke on Fri, Jun 05
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Some kind of badge for multiple monthly challenges won would be nice.

New Feature Vote from Marwin Josephsson on Wed, Jun 03
4 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

An app that has a functional layout and better feature than the mobile site would be greatly appreciated. The mobile site is difficult to navigate, but with an app those issues could be solved with menu bars and other fetures

New Feature Vote from Megan Hester-McCullough on Wed, Jun 03
1 cup

I have been a member of this site for over 4 years now. In the past I have enjoyed working toward building writing streaks but more recently my writing time has been like swiss cheese — no serious consistency. I finally gathered enough nerve to try to build good habits again. I have found that by simply making daily writing a goal, I am also able to form other good habits which need to be realized. Thanks 750 Words for the constant faith you have in rehabilitating some of us who need that extra nudge!

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Wed, Jun 03
1 cup

Please bring back the Eternity feature you used to have. It was such a cool feature to be able to look at the patterns in one’s writing.

New Feature Request Note from Nepali Ninja on Tue, Jun 02
7 cups

Simply and undeniably, this site makes me write more. I write more often, often several times a day. I find myself using the site as a word processor, then just copying and pasting the good bits. At first it was the badges that kept me going. After I acquired a bunch of them, the habit was in place. Thanks, guys. This site is my homepage for a reason.

Testimonial Note from Adrian Richard Bayless on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup

958 days since i joined, 226 daily pages started, 91 daily pages completed, 68 day streak!

6 months after joining this site i was in a road accident – traumatic brain injury, hospitalised, in a coma, lost memory, learning to walk, read, eat, think again. recovery is fast and weird.

i’m currently at a place where i’m finally aware of my situation, the struggles that have been faced and those that are yet to come. 68 days ago i was still only able to make notes of the physical things that had been done in my day – people that i saw, things that i did, foods that i ate – i was only able to observe and recall in the simplest of ways. the tbi has made it so difficult to understand, verbalise and work through emotions. my family and friends are definitely getting the raw deal and are still unintentionally being kept at arms length. the past couple months of writing about how i’ve been feeling and the ways that i’ve been dealing with it, the physical sensations and what they might mean emotionally, the reactions that i receive from other people and why they might have happened – things are still confusing, but this all has me a little more hopeful that things might start getting a bit easier. 750 words may seem like a simple thing to do, but it’s one of few things that i’m able to start and one of even fewer things that i’m able to complete. 750 words is still something that takes me all day but is definitely a small, countable achievement that is hugely helping me.

thank you 750 words for helping me realise who i am a bit more, for being a place that documents it all so i can look back and learn from myself, for having such a good, easy layout that doesn’t overstimulate or distract but acknowledges and congratulates in the simplest of ways, and finally for being one of the greatest things in my recovery so far.

Testimonial Note from yenni mallard on Tue, Jun 02
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Cecilie Lolk Hjort on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup

I’ve always been a big fan of writing every day, but was too sporadic in the practice. I opened an account with 750words years ago, and loved that I could go and freely write in a stream-of-consciousness style. I found it relaxing.

At some point, I had a 17 day streak that I broke—and I think a part of me gave up. Sometimes I came back and wrote stuff. Sometimes I wrote in Word or Scrivener. Then last month, my boyfriend read The Artist’s Way and I remembered the feeling of success upon reaching 750 words again. I took the May challenge. I completed it. Now, it’s part of my morning routine to finish my words before I leave the house. It’s left my mind and thoughts clear, and made me more committed to writing my nonfiction (and subsequently updating my essay series).

Thanks, Buster and Kellianne! 35 days and going strong!

Testimonial Note from Naseem Jamnia on Tue, Jun 02
2 cups

It would be great if the user “log in” fields could be permanently at the top of the homepage, instead of buried under the “log in” link, so frequent writers (ideally most site visitors!) have an easier time logging in. It’s the little things…

New Feature Request Note from Sonja on Mon, Jun 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I know you get this a lot, but more badges would be a really great idea. It’s a little bit of a motivator and makes you feel good when you get one. Maybe it’s that old gamer in me, but their like achievements that keep the writing process more interesting. Like, “I’m going to get up at 5AM for the next five days and write to get that early badge!”

New Feature Vote from Kit Zakimi on Mon, Jun 01
1 cup

I can’t believe how much 750 words has helped me. I’m in the process of writing up the dissertation for my PhD and its been very difficult. BUT when I’m stuck staring at a blank screen, I start by coming here. After those first 750 words flow out, its a million times easier to return to my other blank page and get the work done. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Lauren McGough on Mon, Jun 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love for there to be an iPhone or iPad app. It would help for travel, especially in the summer. I am traveling a lot this summer, and although I could schedule time off, I’d rather be able to write while I’m on the go.

New Feature Vote from Natalie Hazbun on Sun, May 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I noticed that there’s a big gap between writers who make it to a 30 day streak and those who actually make another 70 days to the 100 day streak and it seems kind of lonely that there isn’t anything in between. It seems sort of natural for there to be something at 50 days, especially since there were badges at 3, 5, and 10 days.

New Feature Vote from Anne C. on Sat, May 30
45 cups

I reached 1070 days in a row today. 750 Words has helped me battle depression and imposter syndrome because it has proven to me that no matter what else happens in my life, I write: that makes me a writer. Perhaps someday I will be a published author, but that’s a different thing, and I’m a writer either way. Thank you for the site and all the hard work.

Testimonial Note from Joy Ralph on Thu, May 28
9 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I have, unfortunately, decided to move on from the website because of the editing tools provided by, well, websites. This isn’t a problem with the service itself, but it’s become a limitation for me.

New Feature Vote from Paul Kalupnieks on Thu, May 28
1 cup

Thank you Buster. Thank you Kellianne. 750 words has changed my life forever. I have spent years trying to build the habit of daily morning pages and failed many times to make it one. This site, the gentle encouragement of achievement has allowed me to make this my own, a way to capture not only the essence of my mornings, my days, but the deepest parts of my psyche. It has been a wonderful journey getting here, one that I will continue forever, now. I have not missed a day in 6 months so I can’t even say what it feels like to miss one, but I do know that it is just such an automatic thing for me to sit down and type, now, that it would be impossible to break the chain of days writing.

Testimonial Note from Paul Kalupnieks on Thu, May 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Badges for little short term things, rather than just adding more time/word count badges. No idea what…

New Feature Vote from Anna Teresa on Thu, May 28
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Erica Predko on Tue, May 26
1 cup

I am on the autism spectrum and find I need to write down my thoughts and feelings regularly in order to process them, and to help me organise my life. 750 words helps motivate me to do this daily – the streaks and badges and statistics make it fun. Not wanting to break a streak gets me writing even when I don’t feel like it, and I’m always glad I did! I also particularly like the options to change the font and background – I have visual processing difficulties and it really helps to be able to do this. This is the best site I’ve found in terms of accessibility, motivation and customer service. Thank you to Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Gail on Tue, May 26
1 cup

750 words has helped me get traction for my writing. Thank You!

Testimonial Note from Mike Diamond on Sat, May 23
1 cup

I would love it if you could leave yourself a note for the next day. I find that as I’m finishing up a day, I’m already getting inspiration for the next, and I really just want to capture that inspiration in a quick little memo to myself so when I come back in 24 hours I have my theme for the day and I can jump right into writing. Or even if I could have access to tomorrow’s page, but the words I type today on it don’t count for tomorrow’s word count?

New Feature Request Note from Brittany Paul on Fri, May 22