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

I’ve been using 750 words for years. I haven’t used it every day, or even every month. Sometimes I’ve gone months and months without writing a word. But I always know it’s here for me, whenever I need it. And when I do need it, it has been incredibly valuable. It’s got me through some rough patches, and captured lots of good moments at the same time! I love it, and I hope it is never EVER taken down (hear that Buster??!).

Testimonial Note from Kevin Bradley on Thu, Nov 13
1 cup

It’d be great to have some detailed stats on our writing habits. For example, a nice bar graph showing activity over the past ___ days, months, years etc. Activity = word count (maybe this parameter could be changed to show different types of stats). What I think would be especially awesome is graphs showing days where you write the most (eg. monday, tuesday) and same goes for time of day! Not only would it be fun to see this data, but it could be useful to see when you write the most and when you write the least.

New Feature Request Note from Kevin Bradley on Thu, Nov 13
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Nothing in particular to say— just think it would be quite helpful to have the app!

New Feature Vote from Nikki P on Thu, Nov 13
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Glenna on Thu, Nov 13
2 cups

When you place your cursor over one of the green X’s on day, it tells you the date and how many words you types. It would be cool if you could write a title that shows up there as well.

New Feature Request Note from Amber J Krakau on Thu, Nov 13
1 cup

I have been using 750words for three years and call it the great purger. Ideas come tumbling out on the page, good, bad or indifferent, no matter. My job is to type until I see the green flag wave.
This year I joined the NaNowritmo and am using my pages to write my book. i plan to export the month when I am done. Wouldn’t have gotten here without badges and challenges to push me along. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Amber Smith on Wed, Nov 12
1 cup

I’d just like to say how much I love this site. The 750 words is quite challenging and it gives me time to think and to ramble on. I love the analysis of the writing and would love to see that continue and work even better than it does now. Thanks for a wonderful site :)

Testimonial Note from Tracey MacKenzie on Wed, Nov 12
1 cup

I don’t understand how often I have to pay for this site.

Testimonial Note from surely not on Wed, Nov 12
7 cups

Happily, I am still on track to get my 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo!! But I have not been writing every day on 750 Words (but a comfort to know it is here whenever I need it). It used to bum me out, the empty days, then I started to think of them as “cracks” a la Leonard Cohen: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” So instead of fretting about my missed days, I see them as cracks, allowing the light (of inspiration!!) to get in. P.S. I tell everyone I meet who tells me they have an interest in writing “someday” about 750 Words!!!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

IT was a really pleasant surprise to get the 500,000 word badge, even though it wasn’t listed. It would be cool to get more badges, listed or unlisted.

Thanks for all you do. 750 words is the best.

New Feature Vote from Ann Miller on Mon, Nov 10
1 cup

Thank you for offering this site to the world. This daily writing time has been a great help to my work, my blogging, and my overall health. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from William on Sat, Nov 08
3 cups

For years, I’ve followed the advice in the Artist’s Way. I just wasn’t very regular about it. Excuses were more easily made when I had no sense of “accountability” for my daily pages.
Then I found 750 Words. For whatever reason, the daily reminder of my “streak” is just enough to keep me going…and going…and going.
I’ll be a Space Bird soon! And I’m humbled by the statistics, like having written enough words to fill five or six novels. What an eye-opener!
Thank you 750!!!

Testimonial Note from Gail A. Laursen on Thu, Nov 06
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page

I really want to see the eternity page up and running. It’s been so long

New Feature Vote from Amber J Krakau on Wed, Nov 05
5 cups

I want to thank Buster and Kellianne for the “schedule time off” feature. I’d love to say that my streak has been upheld by writing every single day, but life gets in the way sometimes. Here’s to you two wonderful people for running such a great site :)

Testimonial Note from Kelly Lynn on Tue, Nov 04
1 cup

750 Words has encouraged me to write everyday, something I’ve never done. I started a story that I never thought I would get around to, and already it’s blossoming with constant work. This really helps me to be more free with my words, and lets them flow endlessly. Thank you!(:

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 04
7 cups

Over the first 2 days of NaNoWriMo 2014 I have written 5,661 words!! Already a triumph over the pathetic 508 words for NaNoWriMo 2013. I find I come here before my morning NaNo writing to vent stuff that is not related to writing (this morning a download issue on my computer) just to get it off my chest. And then I review what I wrote the previous day and plan a bit of where I hope to go on this day. Only the third day but I am feeling pretty darn good about how it is going! There is no way I could be this excited to get to my NaNoWriMo writing without 750words. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 04
1 cup

Good luck to everybody else going for NaNoWriMo this month.

When I first joined, I did it for an extra credit assignment for English, and when I did, I couldn’t imagine actually writing 750 words every day. Now I’m going for my first NaNoWriMo, all thanks to you guys. You rock!

Testimonial Note from Robert Hall on Mon, Nov 03
1 cup

Feed me! I need more badges to slake my thirst!

After turning into a Phoenix three months ago and living off thin air, I developed a voracious appetite for Badges.

In quick succession I made mincemeat of the tasks required to become a Night Bat, Early Bird, Pterodactyl and gained enough weight to get to Double Flock status.

But hard times are on us again. Another 150 day before Pegasus rises!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 03
2 cups

I need an app for my iPhone. I access to my phone so much more often in my day with two kids under two, than I do a laptop or a computer. I like that I’m forced to make the conscious effort to sit and write my words, but some days it’s a fight.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Martin on Sun, Nov 02
1 cup
A better mobile site

Since I got a smart phone I love using it more as a tablet and I would love to be able to use it for more writing. This site has always helped. Thank you so much for the site.

New Feature Vote from Lizard on Sun, Nov 02
4 cups
Leave text line in middle.

The line that I am typing on needs to stay in the middle of the page. I don’t know if this is dependent on browser – I usually use Silk on my kindle fire. I don’t like having the line I am typing on be at the bottom of the screen.

New Feature Request Note from Amanda O on Sun, Nov 02
10 cups

Good luck to all the NaNoWriMo people. I’m committing to it starting today! Please keep me in your thoughts as I write 50,000 words this month.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Sun, Nov 02
2 cups

Thanks to Buster and Kellianne for patiently maintaining this site and encouraging the novice writer. Writing everyday has given me insight to my soul and I have discovered the rippling connections in living. I can reread my journaling and see where the dots are all connected and synchronicity is alive. Thank you for helping me discover a new universe.

Testimonial Note from jane goeke on Sun, Nov 02
3 cups
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Mona Midnight on Sun, Nov 02
15 cups

I have been on this site for over three years and have built up a streak of 810 days and a total of nearly 1.4 million words. The fact is that morning pages has become a habit and i would no more think of missing a day than stopping breathing. This site has gone a long way to convincing me that i am capable of becoming a published writer.

Testimonial Note from Warwick Paul Onyeama on Sun, Nov 02
3 cups

I got to 250000 words yesterday on a 275 day streak. Quarter of a million words! Crazy, I say.

That’s a lot of writing I never would have done otherwise. Thanks for that Buster and co. Anyone else who’s just getting started with these words or a veteran, I hope you keep on going and enjoy the journey :)

Testimonial Note from John on Sun, Nov 02
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

These badges are encouraging and make you feel happy and inspire a person on. I’d love to see more badges, please. It’s the pat on the back feeling of approval that helps push people forward.

New Feature Vote from amber dawn pullin on Thu, Oct 30
1 cup
No Phone apps

Thumbs should not be used for writin

New Feature Request Note from Todd Barr on Thu, Oct 30
1 cup
Basic Formatting

I would appreciate it if text could maintain the original, basic formatting as displayed on the writing page once a writing day ends.

I like to make outlines and lists and other schematic writing activities, but in trying to re-read those entries, I am faced with the difficulty of losing that spatial arrangement. Indentation is obliterated, list items that were typed on separate lines are merged into a continuous paragraph format. I appreciate the simplicity of display and the lack of formatting tools with which to fidget, but I also would like a sliver more of control over how the final text is displayed once it is saved as a past entry.

Also, I love 750words. Obviously. Every single word. 750 words worth of love here. :)

New Feature Request Note from Sabina Carp on Mon, Oct 27
1 cup
Rollovers on the stars and badges and things

I see all these cool little notations next to names… Blue stars, green stars, little pie charts variously filled, and of course the badges… but I can’t rollover them and see what they mean. I know they are there to inspire, and goad progress, but they are cryptic. I’d add rollovers to them to at least say what they represent / why they are there (lack of them = particularly frustrating when they are next to my own name… though “frustrating” certainly over-states the issue). Bonus-better would be to be able to click-through on them to a description of what they are (for each… or a lightbox with the description or whatever). Of course… I got over-curious and used “inspect element” to see what the stars were about… but I still don’t know what the pie charts are. (((All that said, keep up the awesome.)))

New Feature Request Note from Jamie Perez on Sun, Oct 26