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

Vanessa McCombs
Jennifer Gigantino
Julie Rey
Adam Sanders
jess bird
Mia Dyson
Tristina Davis
Kelly McGilvery
Joseph Kane
George Spinner
Catherine MacDonald-Robertson
Sandra Hughes
Keith E Parton
Moishe Lettvin
Anne Reifsnyder
Elena Schmidt
Rachel Drouillard
Suzanne C Dubus
Jolien Van Daele
Lucy Nolan
Buck Bradberry
Jessica Williams
Laurie Morin
Glenn R. Cochran
Lauren Krohn
Carol L. Gordy
Vienna Castellaw
Sara Martin
Tim Stone
Ryan Goodland
Eileen Lane
Mark Fujiwara
Hannah R Bissex
Like the Lettuce
Laura Clark
Ria Loader
Resa Moran
Diana Briceno
Jennifer Svogar
Christine Masters-Wheeler
Erin Duebel
Tatiana Vargas Maia
Marg B
James R (Randy) Fromm
Harley Stagner
Stephen Beck
Tiffany Schonbach
Sherri Caldwell
Jill Strickland
William X
Treasa Minihane
Susan Mall
Ricky Dub
Susana Martinez-Conde
Nancy Bauer
Misha Ali
Daniel Miller
Lori Cox
Emily O
Gabrielle Kuzsel
Kathie Bien
Cathi Chanslor
Bianca Power
Nabeel Akram
Matthew Ehrlich
Sue Ann Wolff
Tyler Webster
Ken Holmes
Terry Sample
Merrilee Wineinger 😎
Francisco Rengel
Carolyn T
Christopher Renak
Bao Quy Phan
B P Fernald
Bradley Heath Baker
Annez De Sahntis
Wendy Breuer
Chrissa Villanueva
Rachel Weir
Carin Jackson
Lori Miles
Amy Mathers

Notes of inspiration from members

3 cups

A place to find peace – to come home to, a place that is a touch point that I sometimes lose track of. But I always come back, especially when the days blur together, especially now. Thank you for this site.

Testimonial Note from Ashley Kopetzky on Sun, Apr 25
1 cup

I am absolutely thrilled to have just passed the 500k word mark. Without this site I would never have managed to put this many words on paper. I enjoy the cathartic effect of just letting whatever is on my mind on any given day flow out through my fingertips. Thank you, 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Lynn Porter on Sat, Apr 24
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’d love to be able to use italics, bold, and underlining! Also it should be obvious how to get back to the writing page for the day- like all I should have to do is click today. Love this site and am eternally grateful for it!

New Feature Vote from danielle jellykins on Sat, Apr 24
2 cups
Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from Nora Ozolanta on Sat, Apr 24
3 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Nora Ozolanta on Sat, Apr 24
16 cups
Explanation/Evidence on why I get certain stats

I’d love to have more information on why I got a particular stat. i.e Why did I get positive instead of negative? What words did I use that triggered this?
What words did I use to make hearing much higher than sight or touch? What words made up my “upset” piece of pie?

New Feature Request Note from Caz_png on Fri, Apr 23
1 cup

I end up using this site as a canvas to help untangle some knots in my brain, which has been helpful in sorting out the days when they all seem to blur together.

Testimonial Note from esaevian on Thu, Apr 22
5 cups

750words has become indispensable to my day.
Thank you, Kellianne and Buster, for this wonderful wonderful space that you’ve built.

I had a 204 day streak going which broke a few days ago because of a haphazard schedule. I was furious about it because that streak took time and effort to build.

There are no shortcuts here, you show up everyday and keep typing. So missing that day hurt. A lot.

But I’m back at it now. Because it’s all about picking yourself up and getting back at it, no matter how much you hate that moment of failure.

Keep writing. Keep exploring.

Testimonial Note from Abhi on Wed, Apr 21
1 cup

I feel better about myself when I am using this brilliant site. I produce! I get the thoughts down! I can let them go and move on to new thoughts! I have a record of my thoughts! I have material to draw on for blog posts or scripts. And this site ‘game-ifies" writing, which I didn’t think would work on me, but it totally does. Cannot recommend it enough.

Testimonial Note from Courtney Daniels on Wed, Apr 21
10 cups

I love this site so much. It has helped me to create the best kind of habit—a writing habit. Thank you Kellianne and Buster. And thank you, too, for repairing my streak this week when something weird happened (probably me) and it didn’t record my time off! You are wonderful people.

Testimonial Note from Vicky Quinn Fraser on Sun, Apr 18
1 cup

I’d heard about this exercise and didn’t really see what all the fuss was about. However, having just completed my first 30-day streak, I can now confidently say that I get it. I’m more confident in my writing, I’m faster at touch-typing, and I look forward to knocking out 750 words a day as part of my morning routine. That you for putting this site together.

Testimonial Note from Matthew Watson on Tue, Apr 13
1 cup
A better mobile site

I would love it if this site could be responsive for mobile. Currently, I switch to desktop mode on my mobile chrome browser whenever I want to write 750 words. So, please do work on a better mobile site where responsiveness is there for screens of all sizes. It would be incredibly helpful. :)

At the same time, please don’t forget options to adjust text size on mobile site because different users will have different preferences. Thank you.

New Feature Vote from Ananya on Tue, Apr 13
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

There seems to be a bug with note of inspiration. I had two cups of patronage, but when I clicked on a feature vote submission, two duplicate notes were created and both my cups were used. :(
You can see the proof here.

I was hoping to write a testimonial note, but that’s gone now. Now, I am editing the duplicate note with the hope that this bug comes to attention and is fixed. P.S: I didn’t click on new note. I just clicked twice on the pop-up/overlay of the feature entry option. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Ananya on Tue, Apr 13
35 cups

Just reached a streak of 3000 days. This site has changed my life. I’ve not published, but consistency with one habit flows into consistency with others. And that’s helpful to be sure. Thanks Buster and Kellianne—and all my fellow writers. This site is incredible!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Tue, Apr 06
1 cup
"Slow Tortoise" badge - for people who take more than 5 hours to finish their 750 words

Since people seem to love and need new badges, i am putting out suggestions in case others like them. This one was suggested by my friend Andy, for writers who take their time and spend the day writing a little here and there, adding up to 750 words. This would be an acknowledgment that sometimes the process is just different. Maybe not 10 days in a row, though?

Please refine in comments if you like – I’m just spitballing here, trying to have fun and encourage people to add ideas for badges instead of putting it all on Kellianne and Buster to think of them.


New Feature Request Note from Peregrine on Tue, Apr 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Today I made a “new feature” request for a specific badge, “Back on the Horse” — for anyone who breaks their streak but gets back to writing and starts a new streak.

I would like to encourage others to think of specific badges that would feel meaningful to earn – to not put all the pressure on Kellianne and Buster to come up with everything.

I’m happy to spend a cup of patronage to vote for new badges, and also to challenge folks to do the same, as well as suggest what might inspire you!

Keep writing!

New Feature Vote from Peregrine on Tue, Apr 06
5 cups
"back on the horse" badge -- for those who break a streak and come back writing/riding

Dear creators and sustainers!

Here’s a suggestion for a new badge, the “Back on the Horse” badge, to honor those of us who are working on a streak and for whatever reason, the streak gets broken, but WE aren’t broken, we come back and write for at least 3 or 10 (or however many you decide makes sense) days in a row AFTER breaking a streak.

Because getting back on the horse is something to celebrate. It can be hard to overcome the feelings that push us back into non-writing. I feel like this badge would mean a lot to me, and possibly to other folks, too.

Thank you so much for this site, and the atmosphere and community you support.

(i’m coming back after breaking my 288 day streak – i am so upset with myself i can hardly stand it, but as i always say in my monthly challenge – “if i miss a day i will forgive myself and keep writing.” and so i will.)

Sending you writers out there an extra boost of encouragement and gratitude. We have all been going through a lot, alone and together.

much love,

New Feature Request Note from Peregrine on Tue, Apr 06
5 cups

I love getting the email at the end of the month for monthly challenge results. Did it not come out for March or did I miss it? I get a crazy amount of satisfaction from knowing I’m in the percentage who “made it” each month.

Testimonial Note from Missy Bedell on Mon, Apr 05
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I have a certain negativity towards writing my 750 words thinking that it is a huge mountain to climb , when in fact i rarely struggle to do it. So i’d like a daily reminder to tell me not to fear the amount of words but to DO IT ANYWAY! thanks

New Feature Vote from Sue Newgas on Sun, Apr 04
1 cup

It’s not that hard. I decided this month that I was really going to go for it — use it as my personal sounding platform where I ask myself questions, speak on to the page what I otherwise would never speak, and spend quality time with myself. I look at it self-love. It’s the time I spend with me, questioning, validating, crying and seeking. All this and in only about 20 to 25 minutes of day. I love it!

Testimonial Note from Alexandra Musser on Sat, Apr 03
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Little badges and such may seem trivial but they really help with the motivation, please add more!

New Feature Vote from Matthew Martin on Sat, Apr 03
10 cups

I’m inspired to write a note today after hitting 400,000 words in my 750words journey today. I started here in June 2019, and some months I’ve written every day and other months have been spotty, but I’ve just come to see how the Morning-type Pages I often write here are so helpful to my mental health and creativity. I used to try doing it in a notebook but it never quite worked for me. I’m so grateful for this place, for the creators, for all the people writing here. Now I can’t wait to hit the 500k mark!

Testimonial Note from Theresa Alberti on Fri, Apr 02
10 cups is probably the best, cheapest kind of therapy I could possibly have. It’s a vital brain dump that helps me organize, explore, connect, capture and dissipate the buzzing in my head. The other morning I realized that, due to a change in my routine, I had forgotten to complete my 750 words for the day. I only had about 200 more words to go, but I had completely forgotten. I was incredibly sad and disappointed because of the lost moments, the missed opportunities to both quiet and tune into the buzzing between my ears. I’m happy to donate here as my “consequence,” but I really don’t want to miss another day!

Testimonial Note from Lisa Chan on Thu, Apr 01
20 cups
more badge and stickers please

I wrote this once… with one cup.. but wanted to really get your attention… so here is pass number 2 with 20 more. Every time I hit a milestone and nail down one of those beauties it’s like a pure shot of happy to my cranky soul. In the past bunch of months, I have felt blistered, splintered and torn after a year + finding my way in our new reality. On my honor, and with 20 cups of proof, those stickers and badges make a difference… more of them please. Lots more. Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from girlchocolatier on Thu, Apr 01
1 cup
Stickers and Badges: MORE PLEASE

I am not gonna lie: I love them! In these complicated times the hit of dopamine a new sticker or badge gives me is absolutely magical… sheer joy. They juice me up, and that’s not nothing during COVID. Thanks for considering!

New Feature Request Note from girlchocolatier on Thu, Apr 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rachel R. Carroll on Thu, Apr 01
6 cups

I can’t quite believe it but this time last year I sat down and started my first novel.

I had been writing 300 words or so a day, but found this site and decided to pick up the pace. After a week or so it was going surprisingly well, so I did the math and realised I could feasibly attempt Nanowrimo, so I went ahead and did that… then kept going sometime into early May, before lockdown eased in the country I was living in at the time.

In 6 weeks the first draft was done. A lifelong dream completed. I honestly don’t think I could have done it without this site. I actually didn’t realise it was exactly 366 days ago that I started writing on this website but that’s what it says on the homepage! And so I find myself here again, working from a finished second draft this time (!) but needing an injection of fresh ideas to do the story justice.

Bring on another month of writing!!!

Testimonial Note from happy poop on Thu, Apr 01
1 cup
Spell and Feature Check

It would help us check our spellings and Grammar automatically as we write in 750 words

New Feature Request Note from Anthony David M on Sun, Mar 28
1 cup

750 words has made me develop a good habit of writing regularly. It has helped me fine tune my writing and become more organized. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anthony David M on Sun, Mar 28
1 cup

I found this site through the WriteWay app. It was actually a program I received for Christmas one year from my eldest son. I had a recent experience that made me evaluate the choices I’ve made in my life. I’ve wanted to write since I was twelve years old, and have actually done quite a bit of it, but haven’t done anything with it. Life—life happened.

I have three living siblings and one parent. My mom (83) has dementia and COPD; she cared for my special needs brother who is 64 until about four years ago. After a policeman told me someone needed to take control of their situation I stepped up and encouraged my mom to sell her property and buy something closer to where I work. She did, and I moved in and started supervising. Then she fell, broke two ribs and got a concussion. Two weeks later she fell and broke her hip. Just days after she got home my brother went into the hospital. And this is how life has been for the last four years, up and down, back and forth, with mom struggling with mental illness on top of all that. Since then I’ve gone from supervising their household to managing every aspect of their lives.

Recently one of my siblings bragged about having four books in the works thanks to the pandemic, and it felt like she was rubbing it in my face. I probably could have taken it okay except neither she nor my other sister will so much as call my mother or brother. I have been doing this all by myself while working a full-time job as a mental health therapist and answering the crisis line one week a month. I was angry.

A few days after the dialog that got me upset I evaluated my situation and decided to make a change. After all, if one is going to write it often requires a carving out of time from someplace else. So, that’s what I’m doing. During the pandemic I spent almost every weekday at the office while my co-workers were mostly working from home. The past three weeks I’ve been working remotely (just a temporary situation that’s about to end). But, it’s been just long enough to get me in the groove of writing here each morning.

I’m not one to journal, but over the last three weeks that’s what I’ve been doing. I had a client participate in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages a few years ago. As a result he actually finished a screen play he had been working on for a quarter century. So, I’m not a stranger to the concept of Morning Pages, it just wasn’t for me at that time. But, now it is.

I have been more at peace since I can empty my mind (and heart) of all the things that weigh me down. This practice of writing each morning helps me to gain a focus for each day. It has helped to take the sting out of this solitary journey I’m on. It has brought me closer to God.

The muse is alert—creative potential percolating in the far recesses of my mind where the cobwebs are getting swept away. I see them flutter in a ghostly breath, the awakening of inspiration after a long slumber. The benighted grotto responding as kindling does to spark leaping from flint and steal. Shadows dance along the damp stone walls. Soon, I will make my escape out of the darkness and into the light where creative thought procreates with a blank page, bearing the life giving work of creation.

Testimonial Note from Rocky Bellew on Sun, Mar 28