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

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This site helps me hit my writing deadlines!

Testimonial Note from Jeff Mac on Wed, Oct 23
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m a long way off the badges for 500 days and 250 000 words – I’m at 78 days and still under 100 000 words – but I think it would be great to have further badges to work towards for those who achieve those lofty heights. I notice there are some users who, assuming they continue writing, will hit 1000 days in the next year, and presumably they are well beyond 250 000 words.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 23
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I was a lifelong habitual writer, but over the course of a few rough years I stopped. When life eventually improved, I began to feel the absence of writing. I wanted to start writing again, but it proved incredibly difficult. I felt clumsy with the words, and unable to turn off the voice in my head that kept telling me I was doomed to failure; that whatever modest talent or skill I once had was gone forever. It was a dispiriting struggle, and I contemplated having to one day concede that writing was no longer for me.

Then I saw somebody mention 750 Words on Facebook or Twitter. I signed up, had a quick look around the site, then shut the tab and did something else. A couple of days later I logged back in, read about the badges and stats, and ended up writing my first 750 words. According to the statistics it took me almost nine hours, because I wrote a few hundred words, left the tab open, then returned in the evening to write the rest. I wrote again the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. The going was rough at first – I couldn’t loosen up. On my fifth day I wrote over 1500 words. It had been years since I wrote anything of that length! I continued notching up the days. Sometimes I would write only the 750 words, or slightly over, but a lot of the time I was hitting 1000 and above. On my twenty-third day I wrote over 3000 words. I think that was the moment I became truly hooked.

I have now completed 78 days in a row and I have written around 87 000 words. That would have been inconceivable to me only three months ago. I have collected various badges, including the mighty Turquoise Horse for completing the September challenge. The badges are a lovely touch. Meaningless, in the grand scheme of things, but so pleasing to receive. (I hope you will add more badges for streaks and total word count. I see some users are approaching the 1000 day mark.) I love the statistics. I often write my initial 750 words for the day at great speed, then write more later at a more relaxed pace. I have found writing here has freed me to write whatever pops into my head, without concern for quality or seriousness or anything, really, except for the pure joy and release of getting some words down. In addition, I use the space for sketching thoughts and ideas, and for hashing out drafts of blog posts and stories.

If you are thinking of giving 750 Words a go, I can thoroughly recommend it. The site has been invaluable to me, and I imagine I will continue using it well into the future.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 23
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This site keeps me going when I don’t feel like writing. It allows me to set a goal and gives me the tools to follow through. It really is a service to all who use it.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Van Horn on Tue, Oct 22
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Wendy on Tue, Oct 22
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More badges for accomplishments

Repeat badges, so if you fall of the writer’s trail there’s an incentive to start again.
Writing themed badges, the Shakespeare, the Pepe etc
Surprise badges for random obscure and fun things, e.g. the Hen badge, if you’ve been an egg more than 6 times.

New Feature Vote from Wendy on Tue, Oct 22
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I wish I was one of those who can say that 750 Words provide a great source of inspiration, and allows the thoughts to flow. But mostly I just write 750 words every day. (It has made a definite difference to my typing skill I should say.)

Although most of what I write is gibberish, and only rarely an idea, let alone a good idea, I do find that it helps me determine what my mood is. Where do my thoughts go while my fingers go on writing my words. Why am I not writing about that? In short, 750 Words has become a tool of mindfulness.

Testimonial Note from Niel Malan on Tue, Oct 22
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Thanks to 750 Words for giving me the courage to sign up for my first official NaNo! Good luck to all my fellow 750ers who will be attempting 1667 words for NaNoWriMo 2013!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rebecca Rose on Mon, Oct 21
2 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Morgan Chung on Sun, Oct 20
4 cups

I’m at a point where writing every single day is a good enough habit for me that I don’t want to drop it. I’m not going a girl scout about it either. I’ve earned almost every single badge and I’m not earning anymore from here on in. I’ll write because it gets my juices flowing, it makes me feel like my mind and creativity is getting a workout, that it’s a part of me. It’s one of my favourite routines to do now and I’m very thankful to the creator of this site.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Oct 18
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Patron/member symbols

As proud as I am to be a loving patron to 750words, I do not quite like seeing the word patron in my name. I wonder if instead of a title before their names, patrons and members could be given symbols following their names, just like the blue and green stars for monthly challenge and no distractions?

New Feature Request Note from Nazlı İnal on Fri, Oct 18
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emotions and mindset

Hey, I’ve noticed that for over a month in the eternity analysis the ‘recent emotions’ under ‘mindset’ don’t have any value, but for my daily analysis, I am consistently ‘feeling.’ So, I don’t think I am so emotionally barren as not to have any feelings over the past month. I think the monthly/eternal regression is not working for recent emotions under mindset (divide by zero error)?

Can this issue be looked into and fixed? It was working before, but hasn’t been working, and when it has, has only been working very rarely recently.

Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Douglas Auclair on Thu, Oct 17
40 cups

I reached my goal, a 1000-day streak, today so I’m giving away most of my Cups to say thank you.
Thank you so very much to 750 words!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Elana Ehlers on Thu, Oct 17
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s always nice to have more achievements to work towards :D It’s an extra layer of motivation to use the site!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 14
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Jonathan Cervantes on Sun, Oct 13
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Rudolph Nadir on Sun, Oct 13
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More badges for accomplishments

I have just broken my last record of 105 days, but I am a long long time away from the next badge. I feel as though I am entering a desert. That said, I love this site, and going into NANOWRIMO it gives me the momentum I need to prepare. Here I learned so much about myself and my writing – not to mention the inspiration I get from knowing that I am part of a community. Love that Pheonix!

New Feature Vote from Crystal Harris on Sat, Oct 12
2 cups

Just do it! I failed the September challenge on the second to last day and was horrified that it happened. I will end up on the wall of awesomeness when October is over!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 11
2 cups

Just keep going!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shanna Zak on Thu, Oct 10
1 cup

I have been using 750words.com as a proving ground for the upcoming NaNoWriMo and I have been pleasantly surprised. Not only have I been writing my words every day, but I’m writing even more than I have before. And I’m ridiculously happy every time I get a new badge. It’s like virtual crack.

Testimonial Note from Shanna Zak on Thu, Oct 10
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To free your mind from clutter is the best thing a person can do for him/herself. It’s cleansing and always a big relief to rid myself from thoughts that wonder around in my mind. 750words.com gives me the chance to do so without having to be afraid of people reading it and judging about it. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Hannie Bakker on Wed, Oct 09
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I have been enjoying writing 750 words or more for two years now. Because of this site I discovered NaNoWriMo, which is one of the highlights of my year! I’m thankful that I’ve been able to come and write when I need. I’m currently working towards earning the Phoenix Badge, which, if I continue to write every day, I will win in early January. Thank you for this site… I love it!

Testimonial Note from Christy Stephensen on Tue, Oct 08
1 cup

I am fairly new to 750 words but already it is becoming a staple in my life. It’s helping me focus. I use it to clear my mind of all the mind clutter – all the things that are bothering me, ideas I need to work through so I can clear the way for my characters to get a word in edgeways. I can’t shout amazing things about this site enough.
The badges keep you going, the monthly challenge keeps you motivated.

Testimonial Note from Laura Parish on Tue, Oct 08
4 cups

I have been writing on 750 words for close to 2 years now. I earned many badges the first year but the Albatross kept eluding me. I continue to log on and write, hoping that someday I will achieve 30 days in a row of writing. At some point the badges were no longer my motivation to write. I just wrote whenever it pulled me. This month, I have just been nagging myself to stay disciplined, because, well it’s for me and it’s about time that I stop making excuses. I was overjoyed to notice for the first time that I had earned my most recent badge 2 months ago, the 250,000 Words badge. That gave me a boost of confidence to keep on going with the book I am writing. I should have completed 5 books by now, according to that badge. Well, thanks for the vote of confidence, Buster! I shall keep going.

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Sun, Oct 06
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Good Luck all

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shellan Peddle on Sun, Oct 06
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 05
1 cup

This site has helped me learn so much about myself!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Oroian on Thu, Oct 03
1 cup

750 w is so fantastic – it inspires me to write every day – I love the challenge. I am going for all the badges now.

Testimonial Note from Claire King on Wed, Oct 02
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Alright, I managed to complete two challenges in a row! I almost signed up for this month, but I may want to take a few days off before November. NaNo is coming after all, and this time I think I’m ready for it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from James Fletcher on Wed, Oct 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Badges motivate me, and I worry that if I run out of badges to earn I will run out of motivation, too! Help!

New Feature Vote from Jen Grogan on Wed, Oct 02