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

John Gallagher
Sean Arnold
Casey Hamilton
Bijoux Banks
Braiden Harris
Sebastian Gillen
Michael Perera
Alexander Short
Suzanne B Scheller
Melissa Dills
Richie Londer
Joe Horton
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brian cavanagh
Mark Curtis Smidt
Dominic Hatton-Woods
Deep P.
Antoine McCoy
Kay Enn
Carrie Anderson
Mr Peck
Gwenn Ashkevron
James Donald
Diana Dee
Kevin Mears
Kellie Miller
steve collins
Mercearia Elite
Ivie Ci
Teri Clark Linden
Rishi Dhanaraj
Meghan F
Zachary Kahn
Rachel Drinkwater
Keith Allen Whittemore
Julius Lauerwald
Erin Schwartz
Amy Austen
Kathleen OSullivan
Meredith Degenhardt
Elizabeth Woolard
A. Murphy
Bayly Wood
Melanie Brigham
Patrick J Hagen
Alice Bezett
Mary Rainwater
Charles Warren
Karen Deck
Kat Johnson
Allison Ousnamer
irene Mckie
Danara Schürmann
Ashley Scoby
Hanno Scholtz
rob s Murden
Riva Gordon
Ken McCarthy
Daniel A. Galvez
Alice In Wonderland
Charis Joy Jackson
Janina Jaruzelski
Misty Steffen
Daniel Larson
Iona Macfarlane
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Joe Hyndman
Marcelle Batson-Warner
Natalie Carter
Karen P
Misty May
Maud Powell
Lily Callaway
Sarah Ziegler
Rupert Radoni-Drew
Karen Jones
Heather Lynn Minton
Clarissa Hayward

Notes of inspiration from members

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This is the best writing place, where I can rant and rave, process my teaching experiences, plan ahead for portions of my books, and so much more. I love the little bit of pressure to write every day, and usually end up writing out a lot more than I expected to! Writing is good for the soul.

Testimonial Note from Simone on Mon, Feb 01
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This site has been the most effective journaling ritual in 40+ years of journal-writing experimentation. Worth every cent. And the bonus features are cool.

Testimonial Note from Eli Pekay on Mon, Feb 01
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An iPhone/iPad app

The mobile site seems to be just a tad off. Not sure if building an app for 750words would smooth it out. Really the only thing is the fact my writing seems to run off the bottom of the screen. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

New Feature Vote from Brett Cohrs on Mon, Feb 01
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750 Words has become an absolutely vital part of my morning routine. Exercise. Coffee. Sit. Write. And it has been instrumental in clearing the decks for the day and birthing new ideas.

Testimonial Note from Brett Cohrs on Mon, Feb 01
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I wasn’t expecting much, today was only my first day. But it felt good. So good. Thank you, 750 Words. I have recommended you to a friend. I think I’ll be back tomorrow.

Testimonial Note from Zoe Thompson on Mon, Feb 01
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My longest streak yet — 110 days. Took me a while to hit my groom when I started last July, 750 Words has become a nightly ritual. I’m not a morning person, but maybe if I start evening classes, it will be more of a first thing each day type of meditative experience.

During the pandemic, with so much isolation, 750 Words has helped me to sort through some things and keep moving in a positive direction. If nothing else, I’ve really solidified the practice of regular writing each day. Try it — hope you like it!!!

Testimonial Note from Kandoux on Sun, Jan 31
5 cups

Dear Buster and Kelliane, Because of my longtime relationship with you all @ 750words, I have students do morning pages. I do not collect them, though I do grade their weekly reflection about writing practice and responses to classmates posted to a discussion board. During the pandemic this assignment has provided a lifeline for many of us. Among the first week’s posts in an ENG 102 class, I found this gem: “With Morning Pages, instead of writing about something specific while trying to ignore distracting thoughts, we get to be less structured and accept whatever comes to mind. Thanks to this exercise, I have found that most of the time writing them down helps me to release them for good and stay more focused” (PA).

Testimonial Note from Word Skwirl on Thu, Jan 28
5 cups

My journey started in 2018. “Pfft, it will be easy to write for 30 days in a row! I can do 100 days! I can do 1000 days!” These were the starry-eyed thoughts of my deeply wounded and tragically unaware state of being.

It took 8 months to reach that 30 day goal. I learned so much about myself as I struggled to do this one “small” thing. When I reached the goal I felt as it must feel to complete one’s first marathon, flopping to the ground, exhausted and immensely satisfied. I did it! Now I can move on. Thank you 750 words, and goodbye. I felt ready to pursue other goals.

In late 2020, at a low moment of peering around at my life in shambles and wondering how to climb out of this mess I’ve created, I decided to return. The tool helped me before, perhaps it can help me again. And I wrote first thing every morning (this is a not-so-secret key for anyone trying to figure out how to remember to write daily and feeling like an insane crazy person that they’re unable to remember to do something for 30 days). And there were no major epiphanies, no drastic improvements in my life, but I thought hey, at least I am doing this one thing. That must matter.

I noticed it was so much easier to keep my streak this time. Practically effortless. I noticed how much more grounded and stable of a human I am since the last bout. And I eyed potential badges – namely the cheetah and the early bird. I crafted a goal of hitting both at once, write quickly each morning by 9am. That gave me something to focus on and notice my goal-reaching habits. (The way you do one thing is the way you do anything. That is what makes this pursuit profound, to me.) This goal proved elusive, as I would sleep in on occasion, or ponder while writing and kept losing the 10-day streaks required.

Yesterday I hit 30 days, and it wasn’t a celebration like last time, but more of a satisfying “Hah.” TODAY my friends, today I was typing along, I noticed that I started at 8:33 but thought it was enough to make it by 9 without thought, and then I glanced down and noticed it was 8:57 with a few hundred words to go. WHAT I got a boost of adrenaline and decided to go for it. My fingers flew, I closed my eyes and let the typos fly, periods begone (cheetah tips for ya). And I transcended into that flow state where profound wisdom flows, and received beautiful healing insights.

I peeked my eyes open and saw that I had hit 750, and it was 9am. Did I make it in time? I checked the stats – and Early Bird badge shined upon my surprised expression. I had thought I only had maybe a 5 day streak going, and there she was. And I noticed that today is day 31 and it’s my longest streak. That first time I had quit when I reached the goal. This time is different. I don’t know what is unfolding, but I know now there is no escaping this. You can’t quit life. People try yes but, we’re eternal spirits, for better or for worse. There is no way out. Whatever the challenge is, it must be faced one way or another, and you learn the challenges never end. Life is challenging. But really would you have it any other way?

Testimonial Note from Patty Lee on Wed, Jan 27
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Mobile app!

It would be so great to have a mobile app for people who like to write on their phones or iPads, which I do a lot of. An app would make it much easier to write on the go and would make things overall more convenient for mobile users!

New Feature Request Note from Tyra Ghamghamy on Tue, Jan 26
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A better mobile site

It would be great to be able to see more information (e.g. streak information, number of words, etc.) on the mobile site without having to switch to the desktop side.

New Feature Vote from Diego Zamboni on Tue, Jan 26
10 cups
Secure server for writing

It would be great to have HTTPS everywhere.

New Feature Vote from Diego Zamboni on Tue, Jan 26
10 cups

750words has been fantastic for me. It helped me jumpstart the writing of my first book, and has helped me make sure I keep writing every day through other books, courses, and more. I don’t always use it as a journal, I also often use it as a coding journal (tracking changes to different pieces of code I write), and sometimes I just type gibberish when I don’t have time or energy. But it has helped me create the habit of always putting something in, regardless of what it is. This helps me focus on making sure I create something every day. Plus Buster and Kellianne are such a fantastic team, they have always been friendly and helpful.

Testimonial Note from Diego Zamboni on Tue, Jan 26
1 cup

I love 750 words. I have come back multiple times. And keep coming.

Testimonial Note from Daniel Hangan on Tue, Jan 26
1 cup

I like to clear my head here. And it got me started on the Artists Way, which really improved my quality of life.

Testimonial Note from Laura Hawkins on Mon, Jan 25
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I tried to journal consistently before, but sticking to it was very hard. I tried writing by hand, but I noticed that I left stuff out after a few pages. Later, I found that typing on my phone (using notes) worked better for me. But after writing the stuff I had on the surface of my mind, I stopped writing (the introspection was very limited back then). I remember the first time I used 750 words I wrote everything I had on my mind and only reached like 300 words. I had to reach inside myself for the other 450. I have been here for two months now and I am writing over 1000 words each day with no effort, but really leaving nothing out. Thank you 750 words. You have made my life better.

Testimonial Note from Jesús Ramí­rez on Sat, Jan 23
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I just want to say how much this site has helped me. I’ve always loved writing but I’ve struggled a lot with creative anxiety and depression and have always found ways to talk myself out of doing one of the things I love: spilling out my mind onto paper. I am on a 27 day streak and I can honestly say this is one of the best sites I have come across for encouraging and nurturing writing. I have never managed to keep a journal consistently like I can on here – I am showing up everyday and even if I don’t know what to write I am just putting one word in front of the other and letting it happen. It is definitely helping me and allowing me to address a lot of creative and mental blocks.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Testimonial Note from Tolbee on Fri, Jan 22
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jo Hornsey on Thu, Jan 21
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When you’re brain is FILLED with what life is throwing at you and all the emotions that that entails, then EMPTYING it all into words… at least 750 at a time – is immediate therapy and instant relief. When my mind was racing and my heart on a roller coaster ride, I looked forward to dumping everything here. Every click of the keys just made my mind and heart clear, light, less foggy and almost ZEN-LIKE! I can’t recommend this outlet enough! And no one needs to know about, and you don’t even need to speak. Type it all out, your mind and heart will Thank YOU!

Testimonial Note from d.JAY on Wed, Jan 20
1 cup

. . .inspires me to write. Love the ease of use and that it gives me feedback for my words. It helps to see where I am at the moment in time that I am writing!

Testimonial Note from Marygrace Bianco on Wed, Jan 20
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After 10 months of self isolating I am beginning to lose track of time. Meaning I can´t remember the date or what day of the week it is. And then I open up 750words and there it is, in big bright green letters.
Apart from being able to write down my daily words and work towards the next badge, that´s another reason to come back every day.

Testimonial Note from Ingeborg Kooiman on Tue, Jan 19
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Ilana M on Tue, Jan 19
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I’ve been writing Morning Pages off and on since I first read, “The Artist’s Way” nearly 20 years ago. When Scotland locked down in March of last year I got a bit frantic. I was in the midst of a Ph.D. and wasn’t sure how I would keep going without the resources of the University to support me. Enter 750 Words. I had already managed a streak of a few months when the lockdown happened, but then the daily blank page became my hero and my refuge. I hit a 365-day streak a few days ago and I think I’m more proud of that than I will be if I get this Ph.D. finished. :-) I’m supposed to be a free account holder since I joined in 2011, but I pay the monthly subscription as a thank you to Kellianne and Buster for my mental health.

Testimonial Note from Lisa-Marie Dowler Cabrelli on Tue, Jan 19
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The only time I feel in control is when I’m sitting at my computer writing. I pluck away middle finger and thumb disregarding miss-spelled words and typos alike. Configuring words and thoughts that bubble up from who knows where. Every so often I rub my chin and wonder where did “that” come from?
I hope; no, long for fully formed poems, but they seldom arrive. From word to sentence to paragraph I gratefully leave my thoughts on the pages; to melt away when the morning Sun arrives. I hear the birds call, the wild cats scratch at the back door for breakfast and I’m alive and thankful. I’m reminded to, “expect nothing, but appreciate everything.” I’m proud of 218 days showing up.
So it is that I thank Kellianne and Buster and the team at 750, for the wonderful “drain coat” against the madness.
Live full my friends and write on…

Testimonial Note from Joseph Kane on Sun, Jan 17
1 cup

As an engineer turned copywriter, I made a commitment to myself that I’ll be writing everyday to improve my craft. But I want to be more free… To be more expressive of what I want to share without me thinking that it might not sound good or eloquent or professional. And I’m so happy my friend shared this site to me. I didn’t know about “morning pages” before at all and I’m glad I found it. Though I’ve heard about “gratitude journaling” before but what I want is a platform where I can be more raw, more honest, more “me” and not just about sharing the things I’m grateful for. Now, I can finally feel I’m slowly overcoming my perfectionism when I’m freewriting. This kind of accountability plus the badges motivates me to show up everyday despite sometimes, I don’t feel like writing. And while I know it’s too early to say this since I’m still at my 33-day streak but I’m still grateful because this became my first step towards being consistent with a habit. And one day, if I ever break my streak, I promise that I’ll be the one to remind myself that it’s okay and I can begin again. I long for the day when writing becomes a part of my lifestyle and not because it’s another chore in my to-do list. So yes, I’ll keep pushing through no matter what! Thank you to all the people behind this initiative. Appreciate y’all so much. <3

Testimonial Note from Katami Dimapunong on Sun, Jan 17
10 cups

750 words has been my number one work and life health too. It gives me the space to sort out work and life issues, keep my emotions stable, and allows me a space to write whatever I want in order to get it out. I am so very grateful!
I am also so very grateful for the team who works hard to keep this site open, and who recently fixed my streak when I was unable to log in because of errors. Thank you!!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Sharon on Fri, Jan 15
8 cups

Just want to thank Kelli-Anne and the team for their kindness – I accidentally dropped a day and although it’s good to safely test one’s powers of resilience, it’s also lovely to have one’s faith in humanity restored along with my 250 day streak.

Testimonial Note from E Brookes on Thu, Jan 14
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Secure server for writing

Ensuring that my private journal remains private is important to me. Sometimes I write things that are so private that I just delete the entire entry after I clock my 750 words. I’d really like to see you have the resources to raise the bar on security across the board. It’s what I (used) to do. Thanks for the site and best wishes.

New Feature Vote from "tep" on Thu, Jan 14
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I have recently hit the two hundred day mark. When I embarked on my journey to write everyday, I never really expected to get to this point. In all reality, I never really planned on becoming a member. There is just something oddly therapeutic about typing out those words every day that seems to lighten my soul. Some days are harder than others, trying to reach that word limit. Other days, I find myself looking down at the word count after what feels like only five minutes, only to discover I’ve surpassed it without noticing.
In any case, I wanted to say thank you for this site and for giving people like me a place to let it all out without fear of having someone finding it under the bed, so to speak. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Sweetascanbee on Wed, Jan 13
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from DeKoven Ashley on Tue, Jan 12
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from array on Sun, Jan 10