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

2 cups

As a productivity junky – I’m hooked on the stats – the metrics – oh the metrics. Then more analysis of thoughts and word counts – oh my! It’s what sets 750 Words apart and makes the difference between me writing or not writing. And isn’t that the point? Getting our hands out of our pockets and onto the keyboard to purge layers of mental clutter and mine for the really good stuff. BRAVO and well done! Keep up the great work. MBB

Testimonial Note from Melissa Bein on Mon, Feb 03
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More badges for accomplishments

I love the graphics of this website in general and the badges are amazingly cute! Why don’t you create a badge for negative or positive writers? or introvert/extrovert ones? or maybe for writers preoccupied with certain topics?

Even if you don’t do it, you’re still amazing. And your badges are great!

New Feature Vote from Entropy on Mon, Feb 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Badges keep me going!

New Feature Vote from Anna Markwell on Mon, Feb 03
1 cup

750words has helped me get into a habit of writing everyday, no matter what i always make time to write something.

Testimonial Note from Brianda Petrillo on Sun, Feb 02
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Brianda Petrillo on Sun, Feb 02
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Monthly challenge complete -- one month free

To compensate for those who complete the monthly writing challenge they get one month of not having to pay the $5 fee.

New Feature Request Note from Camilla Guimaraes Augusto Fernandes on Sun, Feb 02
1 cup

I love to write, but perfectionism was killing me. I’d write a sentence, edit. Write a second, edit both. Write another and see how it ALL sounded. Productivity sucked. Deadlines blown. Despair.

Then a friend introduced 750 words. I typed fast and furious with no edits at all. When I read what I’d written, it made sense. Still needed an edit, but I sped up considerably and gained self-confidence. One block gone.

Then I tried a brain trick. I’d been obsessed with frequently checking word count and time left until 30 minutes was up. I was focusing on “words accumulated.” I changed. I shifted my focus to “words spent”, as though I ONLY had 750 words to spend rather than piling up the words. This change in self-talk broke block number two.

Thanks 750 words. My speed and accuracy are much better and I’m meeting my deadlines again.

Testimonial Note from giles vaden on Sat, Feb 01
2 cups

I started on my novel a year ago. Near the beginning half, I had my eye on the end product, but it turns out I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough.
I tried to work harder, but it became really difficult with all the things in life.
Then, I discovered 750 words, while on the internet looking for inspiration. This is just what I needed. It has a great, positive interface and was simple and straight to the point. I became determined to write at least a thousand words everyday, and now my novel is past 200 pages— and that was all from two months. It is purely amazing.
Now, when the day fades (I’m a true night owl), I get my laptop out and start writing. Part of me is under the pressure of missing a day and breaking the streak, but it’s that good kind of thrill. An excitement, really.
Thank you so much for helping me to build my talent even more.

Testimonial Note from kinadoodle on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup

I’m pretty impressed with 750words.com’s elegance. I’m no power user but 50,000+ words in 50+ straight days is a first for me. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Dane Sanders on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup

750words has been great these last two years I’ve been writing. I’ve been happy to write everyday for the last 2 years and look forward to many more years to come. It’s one place when I can freely say whatever want and really helps relieve stress. I also feel like I’ve become a better writer as a result.

Testimonial Note from Alex Downs on Sat, Feb 01
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X or XXX Rating

I tried to make the sight give me a x-rating. The first risque story got me a PG-13 rating. The next time, I wrote hard-core porn in order to see what it took to get me an X-rating: it gave me a R rating instead. Then I went back and put every expletive I could think of and sexual act possible into the story: it gave me a NC-17. There should be an accompany badge, too, for the X-rating -maybe a raccoon or something.

New Feature Request Note from Scout on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Now that I received my horse badge, I do not think that I will be getting another badge for a while. I want to put it out right here, I DO IT FOR THE BADGES. I feel like some weird Boy Scout, and I want to start pinning these things on a sash to wear around town.

New Feature Vote from Scout on Sat, Feb 01
2 cups

I EARNED THE HORSE OF AWESOMENESS! YES!

Testimonial Note from Scout on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup
More text analysis

I would like to have the text analysis in other languages, because I write in spanish and I’d like to have real stats there. For example, when I write “sin” (without) it thinks I talk about sins, but that’s wrong. It would be nice I think.

New Feature Vote from Joaquin LNV on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup

I really like the stats that it displays after you’ve finished writing your words. While I’m sometimes surprised by what they are, they’re a great way to get an idea of what’s on your mind.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup

This site has encouraged and challenged me to put my thoughts and ideas in written form. I just finished the January challenge and so glad that I did.

Testimonial Note from Lyndia Sue Smitman on Sat, Feb 01
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I love 750 Words. I haven’t been giving it as much attention as I used to due to a combination of illness and burn out, and I can’t wait to get back to it again. Being able to write every day is such a help to me as a Writing student and I need to get back on the horse. It’s worth it.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup

I am so in love with this site, and I had to donate towards it today, celebrating all the x-es in January. It was a very tough month for me, but I kept writing, I kept typing, I kept emptying my mind so I could make my days more joyful. Thank you for creating this site, I am forever grateful!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I am now in no-mans land between 30 and 100. I know I don’t write to earn badges, but they are so much fun to work towards (said the one who keeps missing the hamster because she’s easily distracted)

I have just earned my turquoise horse badge and can’t wait to see it on my page!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from cattleya on Sat, Feb 01
2 cups

I am a professional writer and novelist but have often struggled with the daily discipline of my craft. 750 words has allowed me to develop a better and more consistent writing practice.

I have just earned my Turquoise Horse Badge and am waiting for it to show up on my stats wall. 750 words has helped me grow by encouraging me to write every day with fun rewards and challenges!

Thank you!

Snowy

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Snow Hare on Fri, Jan 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

because some of the 750 words pop into our heads at such strange times… not lap top times :)

New Feature Vote from sarah mckenzie on Thu, Jan 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

please please please! :)

New Feature Vote from Tanja Pislar on Thu, Jan 30
4 cups
Secure server for writing

OK, so maybe Edward Snowden has taught us that nothing online is really secure anymore. If the NSA wants to read our daily scribblings, they will. I realize the “secure” is only relative. But at present I feel that my only protection is in numbers. 750 Words is one of millions of websites, and I am one of hundreds of 750 Words users. So I’m probably safe from random snoops just because there are so many other potential targets out there.

It’s as if I were to keep my private journal in a bound volume that I hide on a high shelf in a room full of uncataloged books at, say, the Library of Congress. Most likely, no one will ever lay hands on that diary except me. But the odds would be much more in my favor if I could keep that diary in a locked cabinet rather than an open shelf. Maybe there are some skeleton key holders out there who can’t be stopped, but that’s no reason not to use a lock when you want privacy.

Please give us a locked cabinet.

New Feature Vote from Robert Collins on Wed, Jan 29
4 cups

Last sunday, January 26th at 8:55 pm (or 20:55 here in Germany) my mother past away. Cancer.

Her fight lasted three years. Chemotherapy after Chemotherapy. Multiple bone marrow transplantations. Up to over 50 different pills a day. Everytime I’ve got a call, my heart nearly stopped, because I always feared it would be bad news. Well, the bad news came, in the end.

Point is, it has been three years of constantly beeing on edge. Thoughts, hopes and fears never stopping. So I wrote it all down. Got it out of my mind. If it hadn’t been for this side, I would have gone mad.

And now, that she’s gone, my daily writing routine works as an anker. When I opened this site monday morning, the first day without her, I realized how good it felt, that at least something’s staying the same. Opening this site in the morning and start writing. It is really soothing and gives me a kind of security and normality. It’s just one of those little things, that, besides beeing ‘just a website’ really helps and makes a difference.

First I wrote about my mother, now I write for her. To her. And to have the opportunity to do so, here, on this site, is something, I can’t thank you enough.

Testimonial Note from Francy J. Campion on Wed, Jan 29
1 cup

I find writing a journal almost as mind calming as meditating, and with this I get to look back on all the thoughts and feelings I was having a year ago. The option to download a copy of all that you’ve written feels pretty inspired to me, so thank you so much for including that!

I have found it incredibly helpful for organising my thoughts clearing my head and stimulating the writing glands (which are totally a thing).

Happy writing to you all!

Testimonial Note from Oluwatomisin Niyi-Awosusi on Tue, Jan 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I cosign the idea that the badges should be repeated when you achieve a target for the nth time, and then the iterations saved.

It’s kind of demoralising knowing how far away my next badge is? I like to get my shiny sticker for effort!

New Feature Vote from Oluwatomisin Niyi-Awosusi on Tue, Jan 28
10 cups

So, after a streak of 448 days of writing, I missed yesterday due to an unusual routine. And this morning, there was no freaking out, no beating myself up. Just an acknowledgement of the skip, a wry chuckle, and getting back to writing. Writing daily has become a part of my world, thanks to this site. Of course I’d like to continue my streak past 448 this time, but I’ve come to see that writing is it’s own reward, streak or no streak. Thanks to all!

Testimonial Note from Laurie L on Sun, Jan 26
5 cups

I’ve created a good habit of writing every day for more than 500 days. This has led me to create other good habits. I’m grateful for the order this has brought to my life. Great website.

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Sun, Jan 26
1 cup

I started writing the last day of year 2013. That day I wrote about being sad that I cant make any New Years decisions like others and for me new year never seem to be a new possibility. But what happened? Some how I managed to keep the routine of writing almost everyday. And then I started to have more faith in myself and my ability to decide something and do it. One routine helped me to create others and now I´m enjoying sports 3 times per week, I have been able to work more and relax when i´m not working. I haven´t been eating candy in tree weeks and today I even created a morning routine. I couldn´t be more happier and more exited about the power of 750 words per day!

Testimonial Note from JWiikla on Sat, Jan 25