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

Sharon McCarthy
Courtlyn Coleman
Sara Bamberger
Hilde Solum
Katherine Backler
Virginia Rand
CG Lisko
April Anschutz
Randall Wayne
Ian Grimes
Bonnie Prinsen
Eddie Briseno
Martin Lopez-Daneri
Courtney Daniels
Pearl Carrinah Charnell
JaneX Yuan
Dahlia Ramsay
Amy Stringer
Roberto Salvatore
Chris Donahue
Mika Suste
Stephanie Emmett
Becky Brooks
Nic Howe
Gabriela Matic
Catherine Watson
Jack McDonnell
Spencer Thomas
Shadow Jones
Suzanne Saintonge
Bonnie Washington
Kelsey Beth Paul
Aspen Mariposa Hansen
Cindy Bandemer
Afra Wiegert
Tili Bensley-nettheim
Jawwaad Hussain
Scholastica Dumat
Christine Haugsten Ellefsen
Elizabeth Busch
Per Andre Stromhaug
Brent Jackson
Franco Swart
Ewen Z
Jen Cordery
Andrew MacPherson
Paul Viebranz
Samantha Borje
Harry Gordon
Amber Michelle
Shannon McPhail
Rose Che
Jenny Mangum
Monica Dowd
Ambika Jay
Mark Vicente
Travis Lee
Ida Karine Gullvik
Catherine Joy
Grace Gridley
Hayden Carey
Sarah Virjee
Jacqueline Jones
James Broderick Stahr
Tejas Akula
Kelly Hodder
Sydney Jones
Samantha Rock
Mindy Deane
Aleasha P
Sam Alderslade
Cathie Davies
Christina Belknap
Mark Vargas
Michael Mcnicholas
Oren Hod
Christine Leahy
Sarah Walters-Wall
jane alaimo
Bob Loblaw
Matthew Logan
Karla Ramirez
Jenny Rhodes
Michelle Sauer
Laura Chance
ilanit appelfeld
John Dean
Ryan Liepe
Rochelle Rodrigo

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

It would be nice to allow italics or bolding, maybe in a little button along the top. I know the point of this site is the simplicity, but I keep running into spots when I need to asterisk instead of using italics. It doesn’t translate onto the word documents I copy/paste onto, so I need to go through them after at italicize. Italics or bolding would be a great non-yelling (ALL CAPS) way to emphasize words.

New Feature Request Note from Al Pas on Thu, Feb 11
1 cup

I like writing. I enjoy doing it and I like the way I feel after. However, it also takes more effort than going on Youtube or Reddit, so it can be hard to start. It was frustrating to think of writing as one of hobbies in months where I only wrote a few times, if at all. 750 gets me to actually do it. The idea of breaking my streak pulls me to the keyboard, even on days where I don’t feel like it. The goal of reaching 100 000 words makes me want to add more to whatever I’m doing.
On this site, I don’t need to be working on the same one long project (hard to keep up) to keep track of my overall word count. I can work on a different short story every day, or multiple, or add little bits to other longer projects, and still have a record of how much I did. It’s motivating. I just copy and paste whatever I did onto the appropriate word document afterwards.
There’s a lot of ideas swirling around my head, and 99% of them will never ever get written down, because it’s so much effort compared to thinking about them. Thanks to the habit of writing every day, kept in place by this site, a bit more of them will reach paper and not be forgotten. I’ll get more practice, realize my own writing quirks to work around, and have a record of old ideas.

Testimonial Note from Al Pas on Thu, Feb 11
5 cups

750 Words has been one of the things that keep me writing every day. I use this platform to launch my daily writing and everything flows from there. I jot down ideas, summarize my plans for the day, and check-in with my state of mind.
In short, 750 words acts as my online journal and I’m happy to have it.

Testimonial Note from Mustang Patty on Wed, Feb 10
2 cups

I’m a terrible journaler (sp?), but a techy at heart. 750words has provided me the perfect middle ground of attempting to stay consistent in a journey of self-love, introspection, and overall wellness and healing that has been such an amazing tool in this season of my life.. Thank you for the work you do, and providing ongoing support for this site..

Testimonial Note from Andrew on Tue, Feb 09
1 cup

I procrastinate often, 750Words keeps me on track. I have become dedicated to writing 3 pages everyday. You will never know how grateful I am that you are here. You are the kind, thoughtful supportive parent I never had. There is no harsh judgment, just a gentle, quiet nudge. There is no anger or recrimination, Just being there, quietly yet with gentle strength. You have no idea how much this means to some of us. Thank you. Writing used to be my most feared subject, it has strangely become my favorite.

Testimonial Note from Deborah Lloyd on Mon, Feb 08
1 cup

With 750 Words, I can start with the simplest recollection of the day or planning out of my day coming up, and then the words just start pouring out, and one thread of an idea for my book — a memoir I am writing — just starts to form. And then there is a torrent of thoughts and meanings that just appear on the page. And that only happens here. There is something unrestricted, yet contained, by this platform that has brought ideas to the surface of my consciousness in a way that no other platform does. So grateful!

Testimonial Note from Simone on Sun, Feb 07
1 cup

Today is my last day !

Testimonial Note from raul on Sun, Feb 07
1 cup
More text analysis

So far it’s a very fun way to look at what I’m writing. I’d love to see some sort of graph over time, too.

New Feature Vote from Caro Bee on Sat, Feb 06
10 cups
More text analysis

I’d love to see more stats in general, more charts! And maybe an explanation of how you reached the conclusions of said analysis.

New Feature Vote from J. Wynona on Sat, Feb 06
5 cups

I’ve been using this website since 2016! For the most part I have very consistent. Previously I had been writing morning pages by hand, but this is even better. It’s nice having a digital version around, complete with stats. And if I use the meta tags, I can even track what I’d been doing or feeling that day! I like using this as a way to dump out thoughts on my mind for the day. Will continue to support!

Testimonial Note from J. Wynona on Sat, Feb 06
5 cups

I’m finally over a 100 day streak, and the habit of remembering to write every day has been incredibly helpful. Actually, I do handwritten morning pages almost every day, so this is my second batch of writing. That’s my excuse when I sometimes forget. But there’s something about it being searchable that really helps me keep track of certain ideas and develop them over time. I LOVE THIS SITE! I tell everyone about it :)

Testimonial Note from Mattia on Wed, Feb 03
2 cups
Offline writing

I’m thinking of a scenario where one would not book time off from writing, would still want to do the daily 750 words, but either because they’re travelling or for whatever reason they do not have a stable connection that would allow them to do so. Let’s say I know I’m going to spend the next two days on a train with no internet connection, or I’m going deep in the jungle, or somewhere where the internet is at the mercy of some mentally unstable dictator who likes to turn it off – I’d still want to keep my daily pages, even if on a word document, which I could then upload the first chance I get. I assume this would have to be based on some honour code, or maybe one could click a button before this situation happens that would allow a bit more flexibility in the uploading of the pages, and it would of course have to do without the stats of words per minute etc. But it would motivate people to keep doing this even when their internet is unstable, rather than losing their writing streak or opting for a time off altogether.

New Feature Request Note from Karl Schembri on Wed, Feb 03
1 cup

I just wanted to encourage everyone to keep going as we hit February and sometimes the “NY Resolutions” sorrow kicks in. 750words has been my private respite from a number of things this year, and I love it for that. Keep going!

Testimonial Note from David Tate on Tue, Feb 02
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
2 cups

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 Sat, Jan 30
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
1 cup
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
10 cups
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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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