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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Our Good Members

Buster Benson
Marc Tretin
Noah Stetzer
Christine Degner
SK Gaski
James Edward Hervey
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rose beezer
Carol Ladewig
Chris Davidson
Sam Young
Christine Leal Walsh
Miss Tea
Grant Faulkner
Chris A.
Shelby Gibbs
Neeraj Hirani
Nick S.
Ilus Elu
Alison Bartley
Brian Hodson
kate beswick
Mary Warner
ramarameti
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Jennifer Barrier
Robert John Metcalf
DaleSnow
Bart Post
David Michaels
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Jesse Bowline
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
Gary Chou
Katherine Holmes
Kaimipono Wenger
Carmen Isáis
Nicole Poweleit
Dave Beck
Jim Sharp
Francis Floyd Occena
Janna Marlies Maron
Leah Givens
Paul Schingle
Joel Bradshaw
Donna Grace Noyes
Derrick Woolfson
Kelly Gammon
Erik Kastner
Steven Goldman
Sherilyn Lee
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
Dan Mertz
Liz Flynn
Ted Strutz
Julie Hughes
Holly S
Julie MacAller
Maja Ilisch
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
B Stagner
Carl Yirka
Bill Archibald
Pamela Dulaney
Michele Stankowski
Dodo
Betsy Devine
Bianca St.Louis
JS
Nancy Carlzen
Austin
Nan S
Carla Weiss
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Liz Demaree
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Kevin Albers
Maureen
May-Li Khoe
Jassim Latif
Anim Aweh
Jeff A
Richard
Chris Cooper
Shania Hougher
Eric Sheetz
Ben Nesvig
Gene Desrochers
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Mikkel Snyder
Kell Willsen
Salman Suhail
Madeleine Aimé Flamiano
Cameron James Tibera
Carl Collins

Notes of inspiration from members

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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Chris Lott on Fri, Jul 21
2 cups

I just hit the 200-day streak and got my new badge. A week earlier, I wrote my 250,000th word so I counted ahead to see when I’d hit the 200-day streak on the calendar. Today is the day!

A quarter of a million words includes two stages plays (one that have already been produced), a one woman show (which has already been produced), a 70,000 word memoir, half of a historical fiction that’s been in my head for the past 7 years, countless personal essays, and various epistles that randomly leave the confines of my brain and make it into 750words.

I’m not a pen and paper type of person. Pen and paper reminds me of work because I always take a notepad to meetings and scribble things down. 750words has helped me write up my thoughts quickly in a fun and non-distracting way. There are other online writing tools out there, but I stick with 750words due to the badges. They feed my competitive side!

Writing a quarter of a million words has taught me that my best writing time is at 4:30am. That waking early is my drug. I’ve also learned that yes, I AM a writer. My writings have become better as a result of writing daily.

My next goal is to hit half a million words when I get my next badge, the one that celebrates 365-days of consecutive writing. Where my writing take me, I don’t know. What matters is I have an inventory of writings to choose from. What a journey!

Testimonial Note from Leesa Renee Hall on Fri, Jul 21
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Improve the writing page

Add options to bold, italics, text colors, inserting photos, graphics, and more.

New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Thu, Jul 20
20 cups

I have been a member for quite a number of years (grandfathered in as a lifetime member). I used it on and off whenever I was going through a bad patch or needed to figure out the next stage of my life. For a few years I completely forgot about 750 Words until a couple years ago when a reminder suddenly appeared in my inbox. I am so grateful for that little reminder because I returned and have written just shy of 2.5 million words, passed the 365 days in a row and finally achieved the Pegasus badge and still going strong. I’ve finally reached a point where I figured out what I really want, who I really am, and what the next steps will be. Thank you, love this space!

Testimonial Note from Marita C. Masuch on Tue, Jul 18
2 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Mon, Jul 17
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Mon, Jul 17
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Eric Bowers on Sun, Jul 16
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An iPhone/iPad app

Offline functionality so that I can maintain a streak even when I’m away from internet.

New Feature Vote from Natasha Smith on Sun, Jul 16
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Natasha Smith on Sun, Jul 16
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Graphics?

I so appreciate this site! One thing I find myself wishing I could do is inserting a graphic that caught my eye or meant something to me on that day. I understand this is about the written word – but I link images and words all the time in my own heard and would love to get them recorded together. Much thanks for the site – it’s a wonderful platform for keeping myself motivated to write!

New Feature Request Note from Gabrielle Kuzsel on Thu, Jul 13
1 cup
Allow for automatic tracking in different time zones

I live in Europe and I noticed that when I’m writing my statistics are shown in Pacific Time Zone. I can edit this in my settings, but because I travel regularly it would be so much easier if the site recognized the timezone of my IP address so that I didn’t have to update it each time. This would help me track the consistency of the timing of my writing or to allow me to acquire time based badges regardless of the time zone (especially since I know I’m likely to forget to update my time zone).

New Feature Request Note from Marybeth Murray on Thu, Jul 13
24 cups

I can’t thank 750 words enough for keeping me on track with writing every day. I am about to hit 700 days in a row, and from then almost straight 2 years. I hit 500,000 words a few weeks ago, a feat I had seen but never thought I would hit myself. It’s the easiest, most useful and fun way of writing morning pages I’ve ever seen, and I don’t see any signs of slowing now. I feel more creative, more open, more lucid. Conversely, the last time I missed a day I almost drove someone crazy giving them all my brain dump in a car to the point where he pulled me over so we could use Starbucks wifi to get the words down instead of spoken. 5 dollars a month is nothing in comparison to what 750 words provides for me. I’m a writer who’s felt blocked for years and now I am certain that when I go back and read through these archived pages with “soft and humorous eyes” I will find my book in here when I am ready. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Steinhoff on Wed, Jul 12
1 cup

750 Words serves as my personal trainer for writing. A nudge, a reminder, a push to sit and fill the blank screen with 750 words. Sometimes I keep going past the limit and other times I am watching the word count anxious to meet my goal but either way, the sense of accomplishment is there for me. Accountability and discipline paired with mind-clearing are valuable side effects of this simple yet effective program. I was introduced to this website through a speaker at Writefest in Houston and I am so thankful for its existence.

Testimonial Note from Dana DuTerroil on Wed, Jul 12
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It would be great to have an iphone app so I can write wherever I want

New Feature Vote from Vanessa Andrade on Tue, Jul 11
3 cups

Today I earned the Phoenix Badge for writing 100 days in a row. This is the first time I’ve ever written 100 days in a row and I am extremely motivated to continue. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so grateful.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Christofersen on Sun, Jul 09
1 cup

I have never been good with a schedule. 750 words has helped me in becoming consistent and serious about my writing. In all honesty, it has helped me believe in myself as a writer. This is a wonderful project. Much thanks to you, Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Abby Yaeger on Sat, Jul 08
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"You are here" marker on day boxes

This is SUPER tiny, but I would really appreciate anything that could mark where I am in that row of boxes without having to count days from the left when I’m going through them. If not that, then “next day” and “previous day” buttons in addition to the existing “next month” and “previous month” buttons would be awesome. ♥

New Feature Request Note from Andi vL on Sat, Jul 08
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All personal data in one menu

Hi Buster & Kellianne,
Ideal world: all ‘my’ data – my cups of patronage, daily writing, totals, badges, downloads, followers, followings, account settings – all on one menu, with more user-friendly titles. Sadly, I keep losing my cups of patronage location, so find it harder to write you nice notes like this for your EPIC website (which I love and adore daily) ;-D

New Feature Request Note from Sam Young on Fri, Jul 07
10 cups

I want to thank Kellianne for once again restoring my streak! I have no idea how I only wrote 150 words and didn’t come back to finish but she filled in the missing day and now I have an almost 1400-day streak!

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Thu, Jul 06
27 cups
More badges for accomplishments

500 days completed!

New Feature Vote from Deborah Cleland on Thu, Jul 06
1 cup

I love the intentionality with which Buster and Kellianne designed and run this site. Yes, I could say that badges are silly and that I am intrinsically motivated. But honestly, there is a great extrinsic push with getting “rewards” for doing something that often feels thankless. There is a certain level of pride I get when I see a month full of green Xs. Yes, I write everyday because I have to, but I get that extra incentive to write even when I might feel I don’t want to because I also know that I have a record to maintain or a badge to earn. Sometimes those “silly” things are the tipping point in my choosing to engage in my craft on a day when I really just don’t want to put words down. And often, once I start writing, the words begin to come and 750 words then turns into a productive day of writing. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Breeann on Thu, Jul 06
1 cup

the red-letter realization is that I’ve written over a million words since I started on this site. I was someone for whom a high school or college essay threw me into despair and procrastination. I could never think what to say. Look at me now! I respond well to the badges although it’s been a while since I’ve earned one. I pretty much sit down every morning and either free write or generate a couple of pages of memoir, perhaps a poem or an abecedarian bit. I tell every writer I meet about it. Grateful kudos to Kellianne and Buster for 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Mary Kay on Tue, Jul 04
1 cup
Ability to turn off word counter

Hi! Sometimes I am writing and keep looking at the counter, especially on hard days. It is pretty distracting. It would be great to be able to turn it off, and just write away only to be suddenly notified I reached my 750 words. Not more counting word by word just to make the number go up… Would that be possible?

New Feature Request Note from Daniel da Rocha on Mon, Jul 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It just makes the whole writing process so much fun. I was just recently scrolling through the existing badges and making mental notes of the ones I want to get :)

New Feature Vote from Daniel da Rocha on Mon, Jul 03
1 cup

I’ve used 750words on and off for about four years now. I’ve gone long stretches without using it, and I always regret letting it go that long when I get back into it. Now that my life has settled down a bit, I can see 750words taking a prominent role in my routine. It takes me about 100-150 words to get the superficial thoughts out, and then after that, I really start to dig deep and get at the things that are bothering me. I come out the other side happier, more confident, and feeling better about my life. And I affirm it each day I write my words!

(The badges are definitely motivating, though, too)

Testimonial Note from Lia Bogoev on Mon, Jul 03
1 cup
Ninja mode

The ability to write without seeing the text (helps you from distractions like editing when writing).

New Feature Request Note from Henrik Salomonsson on Mon, Jul 03
1 cup

As a follower of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, 750Words is a great fit. I started today! I’m excited to join ya’ll.

I’ve been writing my three pages long hand for the past year and find it challenging to then use the content in some of my blogs. So this will be a nice change.

Thanks for re-energizing my writing.

Testimonial Note from Nancy Anderson on Sat, Jul 01
1 cup

After 902 straight days of writing, I’m headed for Madagascar for 3 weeks (750 words only allows a 10-day break) with no Wi-Fi access so I’ve decided to shift habits and see if I can get writing to stick via pen and paper again. If it doesn’t work, believe me, I’ll be back, as this has been a great solution for me but in a 3rd world country without computers, 750words will no longer be available. Great site, great badges, I only wish there were more!

Testimonial Note from Courtenay Schurman on Sat, Jul 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

We’re working hard, the badges mean a LOT.

New Feature Vote from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Sat, Jul 01
7 cups

I will hit 700 days this month, a weird thing for me. I am not much for consistency, so the fact that I have spent 700 days doing something is a huge accomplishment. Through depression, illness, stress I never thought possible I’ve continued to come back and I am eternally grateful for this haven to return to.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Sat, Jul 01