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 son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

As I improve my morning routines, 750words has once again, as it did years ago, become a crucial part of getting off to a good start every day. Thank you, Buster, for this great site, and thank you for grandfathering me in as a member. Only makes sense, since I am a grandfather in real life.

Testimonial Note from Mark Trevor Smith on Tue, Jul 15
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Having more badges will inspire me to keep going to reach those levels of writing that I never thought I would…perhaps a double NaNo or larger flocks? The achiever in me likes hitting those goals and getting the badges! :)

New Feature Vote from Mary Jane Boholst on Sat, Jul 12
1 cup
Tag system?

I wish there was a way (or I could figure it out) to tag entries so I could find them easily later, say, if I have a story idea or a blog post idea or something that’s still ‘cooking’. I’ve been tweaking Metadata but that’s clumsy as heck.

New Feature Request Note from Alexa Dacre on Fri, Jul 11
46 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 11
1 cup

If this is your first day, welcome to the 750 words site. Please take time to read through this whole message. There are tips you can use. You can succeed way beyond your expectations.

Today is my Phoenix day, 100 straight days of writing. Got as far as 71 before, and fell asleep before I did my evening writing. So discouraged I stopped for 2 weeks and pouted. But then I picked myself up and started again. Today I have EARNED that badge.

The task was something I would never have dreamed I would stick with for so long. I’ve hand-written morning page several times years ago. I kept it up for prolonged periods, but never every day and never counted words. Three pages, no word count.

Since I started a little over a year ago, I’ve also accumulated 212,000 words. That’s 212 thou and counting. That’s enough nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to flesh out the first draft of two books. Me, a potential author. Who woulda thought? In 28 more days, I’ll have earned another badge as I complete 250,000.

Here are some takeaways. If I can do it, so can you. There are plenty of early pages that weren’t pretty. Sometimes to get in my words, I typed gibberish. Hey, a word’s a word. But as I kept it up, I gradually recognized a flow in my words and surrendered to it. I got out of its way and just went along for the ride, getting it down. Words and images came from …somewhere. They often just appeared on the screen. I’d glance down at the right hand corner and be amazed at how many words had clustered on the page.

Wordplay got to be a game. I toyed with my spelling and grammar, making up things that were, perhaps, only understood by me. The images the Maker shared with me morphed into two of the best things I’ve ever written. It wasn’t me, honest. The spirit was channeling through me. I was just getting it down as it flowed past.

I learned to write at least a few words at the first of the day. If I got 200 down early, I was a lot more motivated to finish by the end of the day. Got me past my tendency to delay that last dash as midnight loomed. I would say, “Well. I’ve already done 200. Only 550 left to go.”

I played lots of mental tricks. Found myself fixating on word count. Looking at the right bottom corner was slowing me down. Instead of saying I had to ACCUMULATE 750 words, I changed the script to “I only have 750 words that I can SPEND today.” Rather than considering words as precious objects to shove into a pile, the object became pushing the pile away.

I’ll see you again in 29 days. I’ll have another badge and more ideas to share. IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU! Good luck. This was my first 484 words tonight. All words count.

Testimonial Note from giles vaden on Thu, Jul 10
5 cups

Just showing up to “the page” and writing has helped me clarify my own feelings, and I’ve seen interesting thoughts pop up that surprised me. Some of them just help me sort out my thinking. Some might turn into short stories. Even if my story writing doesn’t always happen here, this site helps my writing. And my sanity.

Testimonial Note from Laura K on Wed, Jul 09
1 cup

Just show up. Let vulnerability lead you to invincibility. Let humility be your scepter and willingness your crown. Make the magician your crest and commit yourself to serving and protecting the principle of transforming pain into purpose.

Testimonial Note from yvonne kuennen on Tue, Jul 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

There’s a lot of emphasis on writing quickly, and by extension, fewer words. I think it would be really neat and encouraging to have a badge earned when you take a long time to write or write an extra amount for several days. Or just more badges with more varieties of birds in general. Honestly, either one would be neat.

New Feature Vote from Ami Khalsa on Tue, Jul 08
5 cups
Make today's green box clickable

At the top of the page, I can click any green box to see my words for previous days in the same month. But I can’t click the empty green box that indicates today’s writing – the only direct link to that is the big “750 Words” header, which is pretty unintuitive! It should be a simple fix to make today’s green box a clickable link that takes me to today’s writing page. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Brian Scoles on Tue, Jul 08
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Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from A Jess on Mon, Jul 07
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I signed up a while ago after a friend shared how awesome she thought the site was. It’s taken me a while to get into it but I am currently on a 166-day streak and loving it. I am determined to get the Space Bird badge!

Testimonial Note from A Jess on Mon, Jul 07
1 cup

Thanks a lot for this website ! Writings my words is the first thing I do when I wake up. It gives me so much confidence to do my projects and so much strength. Hope it will help a lot of people to become who they are!

Testimonial Note from Nicolas on Mon, Jul 07
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I’m very interested to buy an iPhone/iPad application because i’m using it a lot. When travelling, it would be much simpler than going on Safari to write…

New Feature Vote from Nicolas on Mon, Jul 07
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Maybe a 20 day badge, and something involving a squirrel….! Like the birds, though.

New Feature Vote from @Pennyspy on Sun, Jul 06
1 cup

I use this space for two things, often at the same time. I vent for a few hundred words, if necessary, but also use it to write up ideas inspired by a writing prompt website. The randomness and increasingly easy target of 750 words means that this is a perfect space to get ideas flowing before I move them back to Scrivener for development (if they’re any good). If the story idea sucked, at least I’ve written something and the idea can go back to percolating or be forever forgotten. The site provides freedom and a pleasant sense of community.

I enjoy using this site very much, and will keep striving towards that 365 day streak!

Testimonial Note from @Pennyspy on Sun, Jul 06
1 cup

750 words has been amazing for me. i’ve been using it for a year now and it has made a great difference in my life. it helps me to improve myself each day.

Testimonial Note from Maddi Lee on Sat, Jul 05
1 cup

An effective strategy for clearing the mind and getting off the hamster wheel – I love 750words for it’s ease of use. I did morning pages for several years but ran out of blank books and I am now in my second month here (only missed one day)!

Testimonial Note from yvonne kuennen on Fri, Jul 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments


New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Thu, Jul 03
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Thu, Jul 03
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Jul 02
1 cup
Save Button

I would like to see a button that saves your work immediately upon pressing it, rather than waiting for the device you’re writing on to autosave based on the clock. I recently had my streak “broken” because I finished writing on my phone at 1158p and it didn’t attempt to save anything until after midnight, at which point I got the “it’s a new day, refresh to keep writing”. My streak was fixed, but a clickable button like in a word processor or email program would have done the job much better.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jul 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

A couple of new badges for longer streaks as I’ve now run out of badges for the length of my writing streak and its a bit demotivating not to be working towards a new one.

New Feature Vote from Lauren Walters on Wed, Jul 02
1 cup

this site sparkled my imagination, tackled the most creative part of myself – I was in deep depression when I started more than 2 years ago and thanks to this site – i.e. regular writing – thanks to diving deep into my art and thanks to uncovering my real mission in life not only in theory but starting really follow it – I am now a different person; different? but I am more myself than ever and I am more than ever near to the truth.. if there is such a thing :) wonderful people like you my dear friends, appear around me; my dreams come true and it makes me dreaming more and more.. beautifully
thank you

Testimonial Note from Ania on Tue, Jul 01
2 cups
Retaining formatting

So I quite often work all the way up to midnight, and then write my first 750 words of the day right away as soon as the clock ticks over to the next day

Unfortunately, because I want to retain the linebreaks in the previous day’s writing, I have to break my flow before I refresh to start writing, because I have to copy and paste all the text I was just working on elsewhere

If I don’t do that, the whole thing becomes one massive paragraph, which is a total pain to edit

So in short, it would be awesome if old pages retained the line breaks and formatting applied while writing

New Feature Request Note from Maria on Tue, Jul 01
1 cup

Questions asked and answered.

I have written when I am full of emotion and my thoughts are tangled like a ball of yarn with winding paths and knots. Some knots are larger than others all are important.

Sometimes I find the answer in my writing /ramblings, other times I find the answer pops in a day or so later. It always gets the junk out and allows the answer/wisdom in.

Do it! Write! It is good for you and so much better for your health to let it out than keep it in!


Testimonial Note from Jan Bartrop-Babbitt on Tue, Jul 01
1 cup

I have gone through phases where I have written 750 words everyday and also phases where I have not. Those periods when I was writing frequently gave me a clearer mind and more creative ideas than when I wasn’t, when I tended to be more stressed & had too much going on in my head. I’m back now, this time for good…

Testimonial Note from Natalie Yan-Chatonsky on Mon, Jun 30
3 cups

I discovered this site a year and a half ago, but I didn’t truly use it until this year. Deciding to actually start using this site was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only is my head clearer, but my muse is more active than she has ever been. The badges are what got me writing at to begin with, but my love and need for writing is what helped me to continue.
Thank you for this site. Thank you for helping me to open up, express myself, and create. I owe this site a lot, and I look forward to paying it back.

Testimonial Note from Avery on Sun, Jun 29
9 cups

I have cleared my mind this month, every morning I have written to empty it out. My mind is completely empty now as I have achieved the NaNoWriMo badge yesterday, just three days before the end of the month. Fifty-thousand words in 27 consecutive days!

As of two months ago, I was unsure if I could write 750 words for ten consecutive days, but now the NaNoWriMo is mine!

This site is incredible, it has changed me, and I am so grateful for it.

Testimonial Note from Michael Dean on Sun, Jun 29
1 cup

Sometimes it might all be gibberish, but this site has kept me writing consistently for over a month now, and that’s something I haven’t managed to do on my own in years, no matter how badly I wanted to. I’m exceptionally grateful for the existence of this site.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 28
6 cups
More badges for accomplishments

And if you can’t find ways to incorporate new badges, maybe allow us a count on the badges to see how many times over we could have earned the badges. Or, if nothing else, allow us to erase our badges and start all over again in collecting them all.

New Feature Vote from Matt J. Marlieu on Sat, Jun 28