The Friends & Patrons 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 Apr 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 May 1st, all existing users of the site will be given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after May 1st, 2013 will be 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 both very much interested in keeping the spirit of this site intact. We are open to giving away a certain number of free accounts away every month... especially if you're willing to tell us a bit about yourself and your story. If you can't afford to pay $5/month for whatever reason, please feel free to make your case to Kellianne.
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!
Notes of inspiration from the patrons
Writing on 750 Words has been a fantastic experience for me, especially during the one month challenge when I had to make myself remember to write daily – I didn’t want to end up on the Wall of Shame!
Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 02
750words has been my saving grace. I use to journal all of the time and had stopped several years ago. Instead of getting my thoughts out, they’ve stayed jumbled in my head, which has been worse since switching jobs and having more to think about. 750words is my pensieve (think Dumbledore in Harry Potter). It allows me to dump all of my thoughts out, which then provides me the opportunity to swirl them around and make sense of them. I owe my sanity to 750words.com!
Testimonial Note from Janet Morrison on Fri, Sep 02
3 cupsOn-going writing
I would love to see a feature of some sort for those of us who want to do continuous and edited writing. I would love to have the accountability of 750words to work on my book, but instead of having to write something in 750words that is disconnected from the writing in my word document and that saves and is un-editable the next day, I’d like to have my entire book (word doc) loaded in the site and be able to edit and write on it each day…then have 750words track the changes, additions, and progress each day so I know how much time I spent on my writing, how many words I added, and things like that. For whatever reason, the badges in 750 really work as great little incentives. An additional component for editable writing…or maybe it’s a different site…I believe would help those of us writers who want/need to do more than journaling (even though I love that and will definitely continue that as well!) Thanks so much for creating this site!! (I’ve just started on www.healthmonth.com as well)
New Feature Request Note from Janet Morrison on Fri, Sep 02
Sometimes writing is just hard. But, the only way to make it easier is to do it. That may be why writing is such a conundrum for so many people. Because, it’s easy to write. We do it all the time. But, to write well, to communicate truly, completely, to pour an image and an idea and an emotion from one mind to another is so sublime, so fickle, so unpredictable as to be like catching strands of silk in a hurricane with a pair of tweezers. That might be part of the reason why writers, true writers, those who pursue the craft with lifelong dedication, seem to be a little odd, a little different from “normal” people. And there’s only one way to find out if you’re one of those kinds of people: get out there, strap yourself to a tree, super glue your tweezers to your thumb and forefinger and wait for the winds to blow. 750 words at a time.
Testimonial Note from Kevin Aldrich on Fri, Sep 02
I want to second a version of Michele Howarth’s idea for titles. You might think that the search function would be enough for me, but it’s surprising the number of times (even in my two months of using the site) that I’ve had to read through quite a few days before finding the particular brainstorm session I remembered typing in here – often because I didn’t include the title of the story, etc, that I was working on…
Usually after a day or two I can read something over and have a better grip on what it was really about. So it would be nice to have a metadata/indexing/title/keyword field on each entry that I could edit after the day ends. Maybe even with the option of a keyword cloud on the month stat page?
Thank you so much for this site. Every day, I can’t wait to write my 750 words.
New Feature Request Note from Samantha J. Montgomery on Fri, Sep 02
1 cupImprove the writing page
It would be nice to be able to label entries, whether at the time of writing or later on. With all the days in a month that we write, it’s hard to have to go through them one by one if there was something in an earlier entry we want to revisit. Or even if it was just a “Star” or “Favorite” or “Important” mark, just to be able to distinguish certain entries that might be more important or useful.
New Feature Vote from Ruby on Fri, Sep 02
2 cupsMore badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Thu, Sep 01
Double Down on Charity Note from Lauren P on Thu, Sep 01
Just finished my first monthly challenge. I took it on in my busiest month (in my personal life) so that I could prove to myself that I am committed to my writing! About half-way through, I signed up to NaNoWriMo. I finally feel ready to take on that big challenge! August was a great trial run. Good luck to the september challengers!
Testimonial Note from Kristina Solheim on Thu, Sep 01
I often jump on this site when I need something to read and go through my past days. I’d love to be able to title the day’s worth of words so that I can easily find what I’m looking for, as I often write bits from two or more different stories in one day or write the same story but completely different scenes on different days. And if I could title my posts, I wouldn’t have to click on everything just to see what it is!
I think it would be best if titles are kept somewhat separate from the day’s words, not only so they don’t count as part of the day’s words but also so I can go back and edit them on other days.
New Feature Request Note from Michele Howarth on Thu, Sep 01
750 words has helped me to clear my mind of its clutter, daily. I’m able to get all the ‘junk’ down in words and make some sense of it. It helps me to figure out what I need to take care of that I was possibly neglecting before. It’s a great way to start my day!
Testimonial Note from Kelly Port on Thu, Sep 01
1 cupMore text analysis
A better Italian language support
New Feature Vote from Daniele Di Minica on Thu, Sep 01
I just love, love, love 750words! Using the site has helped me get in a groove with writing and is helping it to become a delicious ritual. What a great idea, Buster!
Testimonial Note from Ruth Hartmann on Thu, Sep 01
This past month I’ve used 750 words as a sort of “brain-organizer,” and not on purpose. I mean, I started with really no expectations of how it would go. In fact, I started out venting… quite venomous was my first post, actually, because my first post occurred during some drama with certain drama-inducing family members. ‘Nuff said. But over the course of the month I found myself making decisions and creating plans, on 750 words, and so I feel the practice has been extremely helpful. And that’s why I’m back for another month o’ goodness! Thank you for this site, Buster. Enjoy your coffee.
Testimonial Note from Annette Gustafson on Thu, Sep 01
OK, I want everyone to know I have been writing every day since the beginning of March. This means my 184 days streak, or 5 months… I am close to the 200 days badge, and the 200,000 words in a flock badge, so I am really happy.
Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Thu, Sep 01
So many times writing my pages ends up being a brain dump of all sorts of odds and ends—memories to save, dreams to record, feelings and emotions (often yucky ones) that just need to be expressed and looked at. And without the discipline of this venue, those things would continue to clog up my thinking and keep me wandering through the processing and reprocessing cycle. Thank you, Buster!
Double Down on Charity Note from Vicky Lynn on Thu, Sep 01
750 Words has really helped to make a positive change in my life. Writing out my thoughts every day in journal form has helped me to get organized, clear my head and learn to think more positively. It’s fun to check my stats after I write and see how my WPM has improved or see how my mental state is changing day to day. I look forward to writing every day now and I’m eager to beat September’s challenge!
Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 01
1 cupSections for Today's Writing
I’d love to be able to separate types of writing in a single day’s entry. For example, if I write 500 words of fiction, then 300 words of random journal-like babbling in the same day, I’d love to be able to put them in separate categories so that they aren’t lumped together on the same page. Even better if categories can get their stats analyzed independently of other categories, so I can see stats on “fiction” versus “journal”. If the user can define the category (or choose to have only the default single category), so much the better – one could manage various writing projects (short story anthology, ongoing novel, nonfiction project, journal, etc) that way.
New Feature Request Note from Ty Barbary on Thu, Sep 01
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 31
I’ve nearly finished one of the one month challenges but after failing my second one I quit writing for the rest of the month. Now, I’m starting again on the September challenge and thus decided to donate to the next bounty pool, as sort of an incentive to continue writing throughough both months. What would be a better way to spend a couple of units of money?
One Month Challenge Bounty from Esa Lakaniemi on Wed, Aug 31
why not share? Here is a cup donated to September.
One Month Challenge Bounty from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Aug 31
Oh my god. I just completed 50,000 words for the month. I woke up this morning with almost 6000 words to go to get to that mark, and then I just did it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have a complete draft of one book, and just wrote half a short story today to get to 50,000. I can honestly say that reaching that magic number on your word counter made me write that much today. I don’t know if I should shout in joy or tell myself that I am a complete idiot for not being able to do this without a crutch. But maybe using this crutch, I will learn to walk.
Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Aug 31
4 cupsPut streak on hold
I’m going away for the Christmas holidays, and during that period I know I’m definitely not going to be able to write. I know many people have suggested ways of writing offline and then syncing or uploading at a later date, but why not just be able to put a streak ‘on hold’? I really don’t want to have to break my streak because I’m going somewhere where I won’t be able to access the internet or whatnot. And to prevent abuse of the system, maybe it would use one cup of patronage for each day? You do get them from winning monthly challenges after all, yet another incentive to write every day =)
New Feature Request Note from Michele Goh on Wed, Aug 31
I sat down and wrote every day in August. I have 35000 words to show for it. Thank you so much for creating a site where I’m free to just write. I’m looking forward to my first official monthly challenge!
Testimonial Note from Krissy Bradfield on Wed, Aug 31
I got these cups by completing a monthly challenge, so it only seems right to put them back into the pot for others to partake of.
One Month Challenge Bounty from Mike Rhoads on Tue, Aug 30
2 cupsView current month's rewards/consequences
I know it shows up in reminder emails, but I’ve gotten so into the habit of writing every day that the emails have become more of a nuisance than anything else, so I’ve turned them off. Now I can’t seem to find a place that tells me what I’ve promised myself if I succeed in this month’s challenge =P
New Feature Request Note from Michele Goh on Tue, Aug 30
Years ago, I was a freelance journalist whose whole identity and self-worth was wrapped up in being a writer. Eventually, I got burnt out and stopped writing. About a year ago, I had the urge to write again, but always feared that I couldn’t.
Not only that, after spending years surfing the Web, my attention span was shot. It was difficult for me to focus long enough to start and finish any writing project.
It took me less than a month of being on this site to restore my confidence and love of writing. I have proven to myself I can write and I can focus. I feel like I have plugged back into an important part of me that I had neglected for too long. It has changed everything for me.
Not only do I write here, I am working on a non-fiction book, 750 words at a time. Also, my goal is to be ready for NaNoWriMo. Feeling that meaningful sense of accomplishment has also inspired me to start exercising daily as well.
Buster, thank you so very much for creating this site. You have my undying gratitude. Also, thanks to everyone who uses this site and posts notes. It’s been cool sharing this experience with all of you.
Testimonial Note from Wendy Wallace on Tue, Aug 30
Twice so far I have been at work blah-blah-blahing away at something while trying to get my fingers moving to get my brain moving when suddenly out of nowhere comes a neat little fiction! One is so-so, the other mind-blowingly good and insightful. So keep at it—if it has not yet happened to you it will! Thank you, 750words, for showing me what’s possible by just typing!
Testimonial Note from Paul Johnston on Tue, Aug 30
In celebration of my one year anniversary with 750.words.
One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna-Grace on Sun, Aug 28
Are you guys ready for September? It’s going to be my first monthly challenge. I look forward to writing with all of you who are participating.
One Month Challenge Bounty from Wendy Wallace on Sun, Aug 28