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

Joe McDonnell
Ada Lerner
Karin Forssell
Andy Cyca
Abi W
Stacy L Horne
Nora Barnett
Marian Bernadette Yon
Mark Darling
Stacie DeVries
Deborah Groarke
Abigail OLeary
Natalie Carter
Benjamin Haynes
Stephani Roberts
Kevin Arthur
Min Lee
Akari Terrell
Misty May
Jennifer L Altman
Maud Powell
Sarah Ziegler
Rupert Radoni-Drew
Heather Lynn Minton
Liam Ashby Quigley
Sondra Sumichrast
Semira Dallali Filarski
Samantha Chernak
Cat O Grady
Daniel Rodriguez
Paris C
Gwenn Ashkevron
Quade Mainzer
Angela Patrice
Tim McNicholas
Homayun Zahidi
Michael Kestler
Cathy Knipper
Daniel P
Rebecca Greenberg
Patrick J Hagen
Ana Isabella Byrne
Mair Cora
Sharon McCarthy
Hilde Solum
Katherine Backler
CG Lisko
benji the oaf
hua mai nguyet minh
Eddie Briseno
Martin Lopez-Daneri
Kate Parker
Leslie E Shearing
JaneX Yuan
Dalia El-Saleh
Dahlia Ramsay
Amy Stringer
Chris Donahue
Nic Howe
Jack McDonnell
Michael Iovino
J wolfe
Kelsey Beth Paul
Joe Shapiro
Leigh Anne Jones
Jessica Andrews
Franco Swart
David B Schmiedeberg
Jen Cordery
Lindsay J Gibbs
Amber Michelle
Ambika Jay
Betty Perske
Nicola Brown
Jackielyn Pagaduan
Mark Shoup
Jamie Wagner
Sara Sardinas
Michael Mcnicholas

Notes of inspiration from members

3 cups

Hi 750 words team!
I discovered the site through Sleep With Me Podcast and I haven’t read the Artist’s Way although it’s on my to do list!
I use this as mostly a free form writing space, poetry, angry rants, occasionally dissecting Buzzfeed quizzes most recently and I hardly ever share but you’ve inspired me to think about writing a blog!
Sometimes I handwrite and then do a type up/rant or sometimes just leave the handwritten one. It helps my mental health so much!

Testimonial Note from Liz on Mon, Jun 08
5 cups

When you become a writer
Words imprisoned in your head
Flow from your fingers into the world
Where they may, or may not, be read.
But to see them liberated
Independent, living lives of their own
That is your joy, the joy of a parent
The fulfilment of you, the writer.

Testimonial Note from Anand Jacob on Sat, Jun 06
1 cup

I am very glad that I found this site so that it works! Maybe it sounds obvious, on the contrary, it seems really useful to start writing. Thank you for this brilliant invention!

Testimonial Note from Ekaterina on Sat, Jun 06
2 cups
Starred entries

It would be lovely to somehow mark the special entries that you would like to come back to one day. Then, when looking back through your old entries you would know which to read, rather than having to search through loads of less relevant entries to find your favourite ones. Perhaps after finishing such an entry you could give it a “star”?

New Feature Request Note from George Hodson on Sat, Jun 06
10 cups
Automated cloud export

Dear Buster and Kellianne, I love the site as it is, but since you’re working on the updates, would it be possible to include some kind of an automated export feature? I’d love to have my entries backed up automatically to Gdrive, or Dropbox, or any other entry. Barring that, at least the ability to backup the entire archive at once, as a mass download, and maybe a once-a-month built in remainder?
I’ve been using 750 for a very long time, and it holds a lot of precious memories and minutia for me. Sometimes servers fail or other stuff happens (::knocks on wood::), and the idea of losing all this worries me.
Thank you! And thank you for your tireless and amazing work.

New Feature Request Note from egelantier on Sat, Jun 06
10 cups

750 is honestly one of my most favorite and most often used websites. It does exactly what it needs to do – provides me with clean, friendly, organized, fast, smooth place to morning pages – and does it with verve, kindness, human touch and great effectivity. I’ve been using it for more than six years, and for the last four of them my every morning began with 750 words written there, without fail. It’s one of the best mental self-care tools in my arsenal, and my life would’ve been much poorer without it. Viva la 750 ♥

Testimonial Note from egelantier on Sat, Jun 06
1 cup

I used to make the excuse that I didn’t have enough time to write. I also didn’t know what I wanted to write about. Now that I have found 750 Words, I can write whatever comes to my mind, and it declutters my mind. It helps me to reflect on my day or just express my feelings. It’s also fun to see the stats and participate in the challenges. I can’t wait to write everyday. No more excuses.

Testimonial Note from Quinn Mason on Fri, Jun 05
1 cup

I just became aware of any amazing 750 Words feature! If you go to ‘This Month’ and then ‘June Writers’, you can search all of your entries on the write (in the Search bar). I’m not sure how long this feature is been available, but I just discovered it after being on this site for 6+ years! Thank you for this very handy search function! And thanks for continuing to keep this site up and running for those of us who return day after day!

Testimonial Note from Matt on Fri, Jun 05
1 cup

I have started to write more w/m now by writing each day. I helps me build stories more. It gives me more confidence in my writing as well. I am so glad I found this writing site. I think it’s awesome.

Testimonial Note from P. T. DeBlois on Thu, Jun 04
12 cups
Set My Own Word Goal

This little website more than anything has helped motivate me to write more often and everyday! And I love it!!

I find myself wishing that I could set my own word goal rather than it always being 750 words. I know that’s the name and everything, and I’ve been able to achieve streaks with that goal. But when I get to the point in writing my stories where I’m editing and perfecting – 200 words takes a LOT more effort than in the initial brainstorming phase. And when I was trying for 750 words each day, I tended to only do initial drafts, and I found myself less motivated to work on the polishing phase of my writing because that made it harder to meet the daily goal. Which I realized was counter productive to meeting my writing goals, and I had to purposely make myself break my 750 word streak so as not to get caught up in that phase of my writing. (It was sooo sad!!)

And sometimes, 750 words just isn’t my personal goal. Sometimes, I’m thrilled when I get 300 words in a day for multiple days in a row. And so I wish I had a way of editing the definition of an x vs a / in my daily record. Like just a field somewhere where I could input my own goal. And then the x’s (and maybe score board) would reflect my own personal goals. And maybe one additional stat on the life long stats (you started daily pages 78% of the time since joining, you’ve completed daily pages 34% of the time (still based on 750 words), and you could add “You’ve met your personal goal 56% of the time”.

It could be separate from earning badges or meeting monthly challenges. Since those have a social aspect to them and we should all be held to the same standards for earning badges.

Anyway, it would be cool!!

New Feature Request Note from Kari Brown on Thu, Jun 04
1 cup
More text analysis

It would be great to see a grading or metric for accuracy in my writing! I usually go in and fix typos, but i’m loving how this checks my WPM, and in addition to that i’d love to see how my accuracy is improving as i go along. Thanks so much for this site i love its simplicity.

New Feature Vote from Jen Hanover on Wed, Jun 03
1 cup
Text analysis support in other languages

I really love your site and I have been writing everyday since I signed up in May. However since I mainly write in French I would love it if the text analysis also supported this language.
Take care and keep up the good work!

New Feature Request Note from Izabella M on Wed, Jun 03
1 cup
A better mobile site

Would love to see this! One that can work in areas with poor connectivity. I work on boats so get an opportunity to upload/download once a day.

New Feature Vote from James Kell on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup

I’m grateful for this site and that I have many ‘delicious cups of patronage’ left to give. On the days I’m really not feeling it, this site helps me start my day on a slightly more positive note. This site has made an impact.

Testimonial Note from Matt on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup
Asian language character count

I’ve tried the morning pages a few times in the past, but like everyone else, I couldn’t keep it up. For my Xth attempt, I knew I needed some kind of setup, some platform that would help me keep myself motivated and so found 750 words. I love how it works, the system itself, and its communal feel and everything is great! Except for one problem for me which is…
I write in Japanese. In Japanese, spacing is not used between words so I just go on inputting characters. The only time 750 words counts my text as one word is when I go on to a new paragraph!
When I signed up, I remember there was an option to choose if I was writing in English or in another language. The word count system probably works with other alphabet-based languages, but not with many Asian languages, unfortunately.
So that means I cannot get an X for completing my three pages, and cannot fully utilize the features, including the monthly challenges, which really cuts the motivational aspect by half. I considered using some other character count tool and then pasting 750 words of lorem ipsum text, but not having to do that manually should be the beauty of this kind of platform…
I have looked into what Japanese speakers are saying online about what would be the equivalent of three pages of English in Japanese characters (I also wonder how people came up with 750 words and how it was justified); some say 1200 characters, some say 1000. I wish there was an option to choose the type of word/character count, and an option to choose how many characters as well.
So on my screen now, it says my free trial is ending in a little less than three weeks. I do not expect the feature will be added by then, but here is my cup of coffee hoping that maybe it will be taken into consideration for the next feature addition. I would love to continue writing on this platform, thank you for your attention!

New Feature Request Note from Mari Sekizawa on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from David F on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup

This outbreak has put me in a mental funk. Having 750 words made me commit to writing everyday, it helps when I am feeling anxious about the uncertainty of it all. Negative brain dumping helps while strengthening my habit loop to journal daily! Viewing my stats also helps me tweak my mindset. To everyone who wants to try journaling, begin today!

Testimonial Note from Saya 💕 on Mon, Jun 01
3 cups

I was the kid who loved math and science, I taught myself algebra at 6. Writing anything was my bete noire all through school. Then I got an English teacher Nora T. Bxxxxxx in high school who wrote on a paper “This is so bad it’s almost funny”. I was humiliated. Then came the day I wanted to write a book, I have struggled to get it done. Mel Robbins recommended you. I was saved. I write every day and its easy. Thank you for this refuge, you have saved many I am sure. If I can do it, anybody can.

Testimonial Note from Deborah Lloyd on Mon, Jun 01
1 cup

750 words is a godsend to me. Knowing that I will lose my streak is just the motivation I need to make sure that I stick with it every day. Even when things are tough, I get my writing done and that always feels amazing. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Pattie on Mon, Jun 01
1 cup

750 words made me realize that it feels good to write. Earlier I used to dread the task of writing. This site made the process frictionless. I also felt that writing helped when I felt lost/ confused or lacked clarity. This site is great and I’ll definitely recommend it to friends who want to try the morning pages.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 31
10 cups
Removal of Rating Feature

This is a kind request to remove the Rating feature. Only recently did I notice that there was a Rating to my daily entries. What a shock it was to see what seems to be a censorship feature to the site.
I was greatly saddened by seeing a rating of R when there is not one syllable of “violence” or “sexual content” in my entry. Haiku love poems. Celebration of life. Gratitude for beauty. My writing has certainly changed since I noticed the Rating after every entry.

I tried to see if it is optional even, but there doesn’t seem to be an opt out of the censorship / Rating feature.

Wondering what the purpose is?

Perhaps this has been addressed already.

For the first time ever I am seriously considering leaving the site. Have been so happy & content here. Wrote my first Haiku poems in decades today!

I wonder if anyone reads this.

With care.

New Feature Request Note from LaFemmeEnRouge on Sun, May 31
1 cup

Children have a huge affinity for new things. It attracts them like a magnet. But like when a magnet meets a piece of steel unchecked the magnet might shatter. As adults we first have to keep them afar, then to cushion them from meeting and coach them how to approach life safely but without fear.

Testimonial Note from Emil E de Villiers on Sun, May 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I really don’t have a lot of suggestions for improvement for 750 Words, but sure, it would be fun to have some more cute badges to earn. :)

New Feature Vote from Annette G on Sun, May 31
1 cup

I am a super anxious person and as a busy mum of three and a business owner, I am juggling a lot of plates in the air. I love to sit down first thing in a morning and dump everything on my mind – my worries, things I need to do, insites that I have come to me etc and then I feel like I can then start my day with a clean slate. I never start with a plan in mind, I just start typing what is in my head at that moment and then anything else that pops in goes down too. I have only been doing it for 7 days so it’s not quite a habit but I think that it will soon become one. I am quite a competitive person, who likes an end goal in mind and so the badges are really good for motivating me :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love to have access to an iphone/ipad app for this site. Increasing accessibility to this habit-building practice would be fantastic, thank you.

New Feature Vote from Emma Bust on Wed, May 27
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’ve been a member since 2011, and hope to be more active this year. I appreciate the simplicity of the website but I am indeed interested in a more secure server for my writing. Happy writing- from gal sitting and writing away.

New Feature Vote from Emi on Sat, May 23
1 cup

I just signed up for 750 Words and became a patron. There are tons of sites out there telling you what you have to do to become a good writer; one day, I counted 22 that actually had sent me info on my email feed – mostly unsolicited. So I decided to take an hour and peruse them. 21 of them had spelling and syntax errors, which I cannot abide. If you’re gonna tell me what I need to do, I hope it comes across as “Do as I do; do as I say.” LOL

But I digress. This site looks to me as a great catalyst to get my writing going. I write every day, but because of other interests, capabilities, responsibilities and whatnot, I haven’t followed through. Everyone tells me I write well – I’ve done standup comedy, many business keynote speeches and seminars, articles for my craft, etc., etc. – but nothing for ME. Something towards some kind of legacy.

So here goes…

Testimonial Note from John L Ware on Thu, May 21
1 cup
save a good idea - my bucket list

I was writing my first note today and there was a sentence I wrote that gave me an idea I wanted to place in a bucket list – good thought, good idea, which I could easily receive- after all my rambling. It would work like a separate form, where we could copy and paste our best thoughts, phrases etc for fast retrieval. It does not have to have any specific order. Just a blank page would do. You can then improve this to notes or something.

New Feature Request Note from ANDREA VERONICA HUGGARD CAINE RETI on Wed, May 20
5 cups
iA writer integration

iA writer lets you publish to wordpress/medium/etc. Would be neat if I could write in their editor and get my streak information from there. Maybe an API could be exposed to pull current stats like current streak, total words. And another to save/update today’s writing. Of course, this is a huge integration task between two different products from different people/companies, but I’d love for something like this.

New Feature Request Note from Jamie Crisman on Tue, May 19
1 cup

Sitting down on this website has helped my writing immensely! It gets my brain moving and story lines that I didn’t even know where in there come out on 750 words. I’m so glad I stumbled across it on Pintrest!! It is nice to have a place that I know I can just dump my thoughts on and it will be saved for my eyes only. Thanks a bunch!!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Rostance on Tue, May 19