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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Our Good Members

Buster Benson
kate beswick
Marc Tretin
Christine Degner
SK Gaski
James Edward Hervey
Noah Stetzer
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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
Mary Warner
Robert John Metcalf
Jennifer Barrier
DaleSnow
Bart Post
David Michaels
ramarameti
Jesse Bowline
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Gary Chou
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
Katherine Holmes
Kaimipono Wenger
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Jim Sharp
Francis Floyd Occena
Janna Marlies Maron
Donna Grace Noyes
Paul Schingle
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Steven Goldman
Julie Hughes
Dan Mertz
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
Carmen Isáis
Bill Archibald
Dodo
Nicole Poweleit
Nancy Carlzen
Austin
Betsy Devine
Carla Weiss
Nan S
Liz Demaree
Dave Beck
Marc Majcher
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Chris Cooper
Liz Flynn
Erin Brown-John
Shania Hougher
Carl Yirka
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
JS
Holly S
Joel Bradshaw
Julie MacAller
Leah Givens
Kelly Gammon
Michaël TRAZZI
Sherilyn Lee
Ted Strutz
Maja Ilisch
Daniel Russo
Aaron Webb
B Stagner
Pamela Dulaney
Lew Geer
Adrian Parsons
Michele Stankowski
Neha Mediratta
Bianca St.Louis
Murray Ingram
Amina Omari
Kevin Albers
Maureen
May-Li Khoe
Jassim Latif
Anim Aweh
Jeff A
Richard
B S.
Majed
Joey Mangano

Notes of inspiration from members

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I just want to say thank you for this site. I was dealing with a lot of pent up anger and resentment before I started coming here, and now I have the cheapest therapist that money can buy! I am more motivated, writing more, and getting more done since I joined then I have in the last five years. It might be a stretch to say that you saved my life, but you definitely helped me to recover much of my sanity. This is less of a chore and more of a welcome release every morning. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from The Dragon Lady on Wed, Dec 05
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I was looking back to when I actually started writing on this site and it goes back to December 2012. This site has been that kick in the butt I have needed to keep me writing on a daily basis since I deeply love writing. I would also like to say that the creative idea with the badges makes the writing more fun and inspirational. I especially like the newly added ones such as the Griffin and give my alms to those writers on this site who actually managed to have the discipline to earn it. Lately my writing has been up and down due to a divorce that I am going through but writing has really helped me to cope with it and the depression enabling me to see that possible light at the end of the tunnel. I just want to give props to the creators of this website and say, keep up the good work. You are fantastic and I will continue to keep up the writing.

Testimonial Note from Zahir Hasan on Tue, Dec 04
50 cups

YAHOO!! I finally reached 1 million words. I love getting my head together every morning and setting my intentions for the day! Thank you so much for this amazing place to do this!

Testimonial Note from Lisa Check on Mon, Dec 03
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I just want to take the time to say that I really appreciate this site existing. It is a form of self-therapy for me. I am someone engaged currently in a very stressful, high-performance career, while also trying to maintain a committed relationship, all while having to constantly fly/commute to another city for work. The isolation and need to make a change for myself led to me journaling here on 750 Words.

I cannot say enough how much stress and anxiety i am able to relieve when writing, while also being able to go back and objectively read not only my reflections and day-to-day happenings, but also get data-driven insight into my state of mind while writing.

It can be a real challenge to keep up the habit given all that is going in my life, but I just want to say to anyone else that is in a similar situation – do not give up! Journaling really can help you a lot more than you think, and it will lead you each day toward a better mindset as long as you keep at it and don’t give up. Change is hard. Establishing healthy habits is challenging. But neither of these things are impossible. Keep trying! Keep writing! Did I say it enough times yet?? Don’t give up!

Testimonial Note from Adam Gresch on Mon, Dec 03
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For a while there, I lost a big part of myself. I went months without writing, letting all my ideas sit in my head or on documents that would collect virtual dust on my desktop. A couple months ago, a tidal wave of inspiration hit, and I managed to pull myself together and get back into the game. I don’t know if I could have done it without 750words.

I’m so incredibly grateful for this website. I function a lot better with a bit of routine, and watching that streak counter creep ever so slowly towards higher digits reminds me just how far I’ve come from that person that couldn’t even try to pick up a pen or get her hands on a keyboard without feeling overwhelmed and insanely self-critical. Slowly, I’m learning how to write for myself, without the crippling self-doubt leering over my shoulder – I’m remembering that writing, for me, can be fun.

I’m nearly at 70 days in a row, and just completed my third NaNoWriMo. I’m thinking of the future, and finally, not just imagining the days of regret and guilt from not writing at all. I’m thinking of all the stories and tidbits of writing I’ll have, thanks to this website and all that it’s helped me accomplish. Thank you so much for everything!!

Testimonial Note from Jess Phillips on Sun, Dec 02
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Title font change

I have been away for a bit but I’ve been paying my dues while I was away…I’m going to use these letters I’ve earned to request that the title font be changed… what happened??

New Feature Request Note from Rebecca Harris on Sat, Dec 01
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Google Spread Sheet Connection

I pull some of the data and manually add it to a google spreadsheet to track word counts, time actually written, and stuff like that. There is a ton of amazing stats that 750words provides writers.

I can actually get some of the data using IMPORTXML and IMPORTHTML functions from the shareable page like this https://750words.com/entries/share/8039156

But it would be nice to have it in a table or list format so that it could be pulled automatically to populate my spreadsheets for me.

I’m no programmer, so I don’t know exactly how it would work, but I think just having an easily identifiable info on a list (somewhat like the monthly stats page at https://750words.com/statistics/2018/11) would be amazing.

New Feature Request Note from Dave Bailey on Sat, Dec 01
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I am a troubled write, I start then I stop and after a time start again… Well, I just started again today and it’s absolutely awesome! I completely forgot how good it actually feels when I write. Being in one of my more depressive streeks at the moment, does not help, but I think and hope I will be able to get myself out of it in time. So I would say if you are currently in a downer, give it a try – just WRITE and see what happens when you do it. It can help to rediscover some amazing things and better coping mechanisms. Let’s all continue to write together! Blessed Be x

Testimonial Note from Anastasia Lewis on Sat, Dec 01
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750 words has been the magical, motivational, and nonjudgmental place that always gets me writing again. thank you.

Testimonial Note from C Connor Rasmussen on Sat, Dec 01
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Just want to say Thanks for running the site! I have a lifetime membership but I find writing every day has been so useful to me, I wanted to add a little financial support as well.

Testimonial Note from Mary Sekiya on Sat, Dec 01
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750 Words has seen me through the end of my teenage years, through leaving home for the first time and through my first full-time job. I owe you many more cups of coffee for the years I’ve been using it (although I might have to start paying for them when aforementioned job starts paying a little more…)

Testimonial Note from Nina Hayes-Thompson on Fri, Nov 30
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Woo hoo! I did NANOWRIMO and wrote a self-help book about porn addiction! Yay! Grateful for this site. Write even when you don’t feel like it.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Fri, Nov 30
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For years and years, I’ve wisted after doing Nanowrimo. I’ve gotten started, and stopped. I’ve given up. Too far behind. Too frustrated trying to write plot.

In the middle of October, I discovered 750words.com. I gave it a try. I got a ten day streak. I started pushing for Cheetah and Hamster.

11/29, I wound up at 50008 words for the month of November, all of it fiction. It’s not ‘a novel’, not remotely; I didn’t try to discipline myself to telling a story in order, but jumped all over writing scenes from various times and perspectives. But it could be a heck of a good start on one.

And I wrote 50,000 words of fiction in the month. (Plus whatever I write 11/30.)

That’s pretty awesome, and it feels good to know I can do it.

And I don’t think I would have without 750words.com

Testimonial Note from elms on Fri, Nov 30
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More badges for accomplishments

What about the idea of… I dunno.. after 1M words, a badge? Or perhaps publishing badges?

New Feature Vote from Mazarine on Thu, Nov 29
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There is something to be said about the legendary writers. The ones that drank and drugged themselves to death or killed themselves. People idolize them because their lives are romanticized but they would never have needed to medicate or commit suicide if they were somewhat satisfied with their lives. I’m not saying a writer should not have some sense of suffering and struggle, these are the things that good writing is about because it is part and partial of what life is all about. But if you look into these writers’ lives, you’ll find things that aren’t part of the romantic picture the legends and movies tell us. You’ll see people like Thompson who was a prolific writer and participant in the new journalism movement whose life, though portrayed as glamorous, were full of self-depreciation. Thompson was a failed hippie, stuck in his past and unable to take his brand of suffering into the new world. This is unfortunate as Tom Waits once said, “Bad writing is ruining our suffering”…or something like that. With the loss of these types of writers, we lost the works they could have put out, the works that could have changed the landscape of literature. Instead of having more Thompson, Hemingway, et al, to choose from, we have more space on the shelves for Rowling, Sparks, Koontz, et al. I suppose those types of book have their place, but we lack the writers that have something to say and say it instead of wrapping it in wizards and war. Then we have guys like Cornell and Bourdain, cut down in what I think was their prime of their creative existences. Cornell was the quintessential musician and artist. He was constantly evolving and trying out new methods and styles. His music had something to say, something most people could relate to in some sense. And Bourdain. He wasn’t that good of a writer, but he had a vision of representing chefs and the kitchen world in general through books, comics, TV shows, etc. yet also teaching us all something about other cultures, both here and abroad.
I used to want to be one of these types. Drunk, drugged, miserable, staring at a typewriter obsessing over creating the next un-creatable work. Filled with passion and love and suffering and hate. But to what end? It didn’t work, at least not for me. Those that I looked to as muses faded away, the words died, and I threw passion away, burned love at the stake and poured icy water upon hate and suffering. So, what is left? Does a person have any creativity left with these things jettisoned into deep space? You’re damn right they do. I set these feelings aside, embraced a more stoic mindset and stopped looking to people to validate me and be muses, that my mind is free, a muse in and of itself, free of the desire to please another, hate something, wallow in suffering for sufferings sake, and since doing so, I have written more than I have in the past year in just a few months. Varying works that wander all over the literary map. I have explored different techniques and styles and have collected a group of infant children that I will nurture and grow into a family of my own creation in due time. In my time.
I can channel the creative spirits of Hemingway and Thompson and Thoreau and Hawthorne, those taken from us by time or by their own hand. I can learn from them and pass on what they intended for the world through my own works. I may never be as prolific as these, but if you look at the books that have been coming out lately, I don’t have too. What I do have to do is keep writing, even if nothing ever gets published and all I have to show for my work is a pile of rejection letters. What is a rejection letter but proof that someone, even if it was just one person, read the work rejected? Someone read my work! This excites me. Oh, sure, some other people have read some of my work, but by and large they skim over it, give some watery comments and that’s the end of it. No real discussion is had, no real criticism. The passion for good writing is rare. You can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t write and if you don’t read. We have to do both of these things even if we have jobs, families and/or other responsibilities. The world needs writers. It needs us to create and to live and keep creating and keep living. Seven Hundred Fifty words at a time, we can change the world and leave our mark in ink and not blood. Keep writing.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 29
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Chat Errant on Wed, Nov 28
7 cups

750words.com has helped keep me alive. I am in the one month challenge, hit one million words this month on the site, and when so much of life is changing, I have my words and my writing practice for stability and sanity. It’s my rock! I’m intending to write a novel, though I’m happy to just have continued my streak and been able to make and hit what I already have this month. With about 2500 more words then I will make the 50,000 word goal, and it builds confidence and helps me understand the past, create the future, and be with right now better, so it’s good for habit building and neural pathways. Yay for everyone who makes and uses this site. In honor of officially adopting my dog Liv today, who I am writing about a lot, even though she sighs or leaves the room at the sound of this keyboard, which is obscenely loud, here are all my cups of patronage! xo

Testimonial Note from Karilen Mays on Wed, Nov 28
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Jo Ann Beard says that it is super important to write every day. When I took her classes I knew she was right but I fought against her advice, to my own detriment. She used to say that even when you don’t want to write you should, and you should just write “me no want to” over and over again until an idea comes to you (she also made it clear that if ALL you wrote was “me no want to”, it was okay, too). I couldn’t get behind the “me no want to” but this site does it for me. I hate to break streaks and I love to earn badges and I love to see my data when the writing is done. This site makes me write every day. It’s my “me no want to” and it works.

Testimonial Note from JD Weakley on Wed, Nov 28
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More badges for accomplishments

I think that it should be in particular for things like the hamster badge or cheetah badge, but more of them. Also, there could be badges like 500 pages (assuming you write in Arial 14) etc.

New Feature Vote from AlphaLord on Wed, Nov 28
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This has been the most amazing website ever! It truly is a blessing that I have a safe place to write down my thoughts knowing no one else will be able to see them.

Testimonial Note from Bridget Cotter on Tue, Nov 27
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Not only does 750 Words help my mental state, and clarifies my thinking, but Kellianne is also a savior of much anguish, as well. I love this site, I love the people who support it, and there aren’t enough words in the English language to express my gratitude! Thank you!!!

Testimonial Note from Elena Tucker on Mon, Nov 26
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I have been ill this week and struggling to write a research proposal for my Masters dissertation and in the mixed up days of delirium I missed a day of writing! I was on a 177 day streak and, whilst it’s not as impressive as some of the others’ I’ve seen on here, I was really proud of that. I’m excited to get back on the horse though and try and beat my personal best! This site is amazing and without it I would never have kept writing for 177 days in a row in the first place so thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Tayla Gittins on Sat, Nov 24
25 cups

So, so Thankful for another year of writing every day on 750 Words! I messed up a streak of over 1300 days, but I was back as soon as I could be, and back at over 60 days in a row again. I don’t know what I would do without having this wonderful page in my life, so many, many thanks for making it possible and keeping everything running smoothly!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Rose on Fri, Nov 23
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Click Away Counter

Another metric indicating the level of distraction during writing.

How many times did another screen get opened?

New Feature Request Note from Craig Donovan on Fri, Nov 23
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Tagging of Work

Hey – I’ve been using 750 for a few months now – is there a way to tag your work?
I.e., I’ve been focused on one story for the last few months but feel I need a bit of a break to try something new.

Would be great to be able to search on Tags that you could create.

Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Greg Thomas on Wed, Nov 21
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I used to write on 750 Words religiously. It was THE platform to keep me going. I am a researcher and writing scientific articles and books can be difficult to get into when you first sit down to write. Eventually, I felt like freewriting 750 Words every morning before starting work just wasn’t helping. I felt like I needed that time to get into the grind of research and technical writing.

Well, I’m back! I’m back because I’m newly on my own, my day job is steady, and I want to get back into a habit that does help, fiction or nonfiction, in a community of writers that want to encourage each other. Here’s to new beginnings!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer M Kerner on Mon, Nov 19
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Those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month, keep writing! Words on the page, day after day. That’s the lesson of 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sat, Nov 17
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Staying Simple

I love the simplicity of the current daily pages. No distractions to format, just me and my thoughts landing on the page. If I want to ‘juzz’ a bit of what I’ve written, I take it over to Word and format to my heart’s content.

Letting the words flow onto the page is the goal. While I understand the desire to format our daily pages, it is the concentration on content that makes my daily writing satisfying. Let’s keep things simple.

New Feature Request Note from marcia shannon on Fri, Nov 16
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Encryption and mobile site and badges

It would feel much safer if the content was encrypted. Perhaps it could be timed in a way that the encryption takes place at midnight, when the text becomes ineditable anyway to enable the graphs, stats etc-features to work. Mobile Site would be great, too. Thanks for providing this great site.
Oh – yes. More badges. That would be awesome.

New Feature Request Note from ju ki on Fri, Nov 16
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What inspires me here is not so much I have found the ability and habit of spewing out words each day, but the ability to go back and read who I was long ago. In a way getting to know past self and as a uncomfortable introvert of low confidence, I can look back, read as an outsider may, and go, “wow” that was alright! There’s another person inside finally allowed to be free.

Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Curtis St. John on Wed, Nov 14