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

Maggie Peterson
Lily Callaway
Rachelle LeeAnn
Karen Jones
Bek Noble
Jack D. Macnow
Clarissa Hayward
Misla T
Molly H Bandonis
Dyahnna N Hopkins
Marilyn Lopez-Haddad
Brooke Channing
Jim Hassinger
Clarice Streets
Kim Court
Diane Giles
Suzanne B Scheller
Mayke Niestadt
Abhinav Kumar
Amanda Dills
Elena Stachew
CJ Sevilla
Sarah Lillian Friedl
John Gallagher
Madison Helmick
Adam Ramer
James Donald
Rza Marronage
Etiam Adissem
Cathy Crowe
Melissa Davis
Caitlee Martindale
ananda kientz
Jane Elliott
Rebecca TY
Rasmus Rygh
Ingrid A
Laura McCandlish
Mike Rinard
Bridgette Day Tuckfield
Hale Fannar Ethan
Ayo Oyewusi
Johnny Vasquez
Lisa Kumagai
Carl Brotsker
Stiles White
Erin Alexis
Wild-Rice Soup
Laura N.S. Vinther
Melissa Rasmussen
Heather Rosson
Rosemary Fifita
H Marler
Allison Ousnamer
Julie McDonnell
Gillian Kratzer
Nicola Barron
Joseph Warren
Erin Kristoff
Laura Boss
James Boggs
Terra Liddil
Hannah Murray
Aeron Haynie
Melinda G
Natasha Mendez
Adrian Febre
Mahankirn Khalsa
Jennie Vucelic
Isaac West
Jerry Golech
James Evans
Reuben Stauber
Robin Flint MacBride
Dianne Barrett
Keith Beers
Tricia Ling
Tara DeVincenzo
Jessica R. Allen

Notes of inspiration from members

10 cups

Oh hi. I just earned my 1,000-day streak squirrel badge. I can’t believe it. I feel so free. I love that I have a record of what I’ve been doing and how I’ve been feeling over the past 3.5 years (I started my current streak after breaking a 200-day streak). So many days I struggled to reach 750 words. Others I had a hard time stopping at 2,000. I know this site has made me a better stream-of-consciousness writer. A faster writer, a clearer writer. I’ve gotten to know myself better. I think I might take a break now. Anyway, thanks for making this site, writing every day for 1,000 days has been a really fun journey for me!

Testimonial Note from Victoria Okay on Fri, Sep 17
4 cups

Just a few weeks ago, I decided to start 750 words seriously and try to see what my writing streak would be. In addition to being on a 40+ day streak, I have found the writing stats to be most helpful. I like the stats showing mindset, etc. and it has helped me direct (guide) myself out of those days of funk and into a much better mindset. Enough so that I have encouraged family and friends to take advantage of this site and become members.

Additionally, it is aiding me to get into gear for NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) for which I have participated in since 2008. Another added benefit has been the ability to see where certain struggles have been in my life and work on those. When you write from the heart and mind, it really does help see the soul and self-reflect on areas that may need work.

And lastly, when I write down all my thoughts daily it allows me to feel more rested and relaxed…like a weight has been lifted. Not to mention all the snippets of short stories, poetry, and novel ideas that seem to appear. Did I mention characters too?

Write on friends!

Testimonial Note from Renda on Thu, Sep 16
1 cup
Improve the writing page

It would be great to have the option to hide the word count until you hit 750!

New Feature Vote from Jennifer Gigantino on Thu, Sep 16
1 cup

I’ve been writing on this site since 2013 off and on, and it’s always helped my creative flow and helped me process some major life events too. My mom is currently dying of brain cancer and being able to write out my thoughts every morning is helping keep me grounded and present. It really helps knowing my writing is private, and that even I probably won’t go back and read most of it. It allows me to feel free to dump anything and everything onto the page. I would definitely feel lost without this site right now. Thank you so much for creating this space.

Testimonial Note from Elaine on Mon, Sep 13
1 cup

After my transplant, it was recommended I start seeing a therapist. While waiting to get an appointment, this site was recommended to me to help clear my mind and think through things. I’m glad I did. It’s been a great way to empty my brain at the end of a day.

Testimonial Note from Marianne E Schmidt on Sun, Sep 12
6 cups

Thank you, Buster and Kellianne. After nearly nine years, I’m still using this site consistently to process my thoughts, practice writing, and as a scratch pad for ideas. This site is a blessing to me. And I am grateful!

Testimonial Note from William on Sun, Sep 12
1 cup

The generosity of the free trial helped to appreciate both: the benefit and value of the 750 Words! Today, 9/10/2021, I am pleased to join and celebrate the owner’s entrepreneurial endeavor to offer a creative platform to celebrate the writer’s community spirit.

Testimonial Note from Ruth Simone on Fri, Sep 10
1 cup

I first joined 750 Words in 2011, but hadn’t used it for many, many years before restarting my practice this spring as part of a larger process of personal development. I plan to continue with this process, and I’d like to write a novel at some point, but 750 Words has just been a morning “brain dump” and a piece of my growing self-discipline. I’m happy to have it, and have signed up to be a paying member in honor of getting to my first 100 day streak.

Testimonial Note from Stacey Kerr on Fri, Sep 10
1 cup

Yesterday, and although it will place me on the Wall of Shame for September, I let deliberately break my streak after 479 days, the second-longest one since I started writing on 750words five years ago. Over these years, having this writing challenge every day has helped me to write four books (adding to the two I had written in the twenty years before). However, I still had a blockade against visibility with my own work – none of the articles which I wrote next to these books has ever been accepted at a journal, and only those two of the books which were peripheral to my work were accepted by a publisher (a good one, at least). But was also the place to research this my own blockade – all the frequent rejections have a lot to do with the usual closeness of academic discourse, but I always knew that they had a lot to do with me, too. And so I delved and delved and delved deep into my own past, into the forgotten that popped up in my mind and even more into the pre-known that can be only extrapolated, with all the possible biases that come with extrapolations. was the right place to each day come back with a new fresh and critical perspective on the progress or seeming progress made so far, with only the diffuse emotions what feels right and what feels wrong as my beclouded lighthouse. And today, these diffuse emotions tell me that the recent progress was a critical one beyond all those in previous years. It will help me to launch, to become visible and understood, to be able to make my contribution to make the world a better place and to hold back environmental destruction, and along the way to avoid the poverty that is lurking at my door. Finally. I am so grateful for this progress. There are some addressees for this gratitude and some places to celebrate this breakthrough – but 750words is a most important one among them. I look forward to the next 479 and 622 and more days to come!

Testimonial Note from Hanno Scholtz on Fri, Sep 10
10 cups

A note of thanks for keeping this site up and running. I appreciate this very convenient and dependable way to maintain my small morning dose of writing-discipline. The site is simple, user-friendly, and has some valuable features, such as the ability to download plain text files of previous entries. I recommend this site to many people I know who are striving to keep a daily writing practice. Thanks for making a difference in so many lives.

Testimonial Note from WhatKindofDog on Thu, Sep 09
175 cups

Woah! Years in the making, I’m thrilled to have hit a nice round milestone today of 2,000 days of writing in a row. Next up, trying to get that next 50K words to hit 4,000,000 words; write another 188 days to hit 4,000 completed days since joining, and—who knows—maybe keep going for another 500 days to hit a 2,500 day streak.

I feel a great deal of gratitude to Buster & Kellianne (and all the site’s members) for keeping this place going. Through thick and thin, sickness and health, and some recent periods of great uncertainty, sitting down to write each morning has been a calming influence in my life. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Steven L Johnson on Wed, Sep 08
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Cawnen on Wed, Sep 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Cawnen on Wed, Sep 08
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More badges for accomplishments

I just like feeling accomplished.
Thanks so much for the great site!

New Feature Vote from Sara Kate Ladybug Whittemore on Sat, Sep 04
1 cup has been a part of my process for 10 years now and I almost need the introspection in the morning now. I like that I can metatag different things I’m working on like weight or income, and then see those metrics tracked over time. Plus, it’s a gold mine for creative inspiration that I can search back through the years. Thanks so much!

Testimonial Note from Benjamin Jenks on Thu, Sep 02
10 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from WhatKindofDog on Wed, Sep 01
150 cups

Thank you Buster and Kellyanne for keeping this site up and running. Thanks especially to Kellyanne for fixing a few of the streak problems that happened earlier this year when Texas had that week or so of rolling blackouts, followed by my internet router getting toasted by some of the power surges when the power kept coming back on.

I’ve gone through a lot of not-so-great times during the course of this 1242 day streak I’m on, and for that matter during the more than 10 years of days that I’ve completed all time on here. But even though sometimes I just feel like I can’t do a damned thing right in the real world, here I am churning away at a pace that should get me to a total ten million words by the time I get the Great Griffin badge, two years from now. Currently, I’m a little over 7 and a half million words, much of it just drivel and brain dump stuff, but it’s so nice to have this site where I can go snivel and whine, then break out of it and put down my ideas and such in a private, secure place. It’s totally worth the five dollars a month.

Thanks again, and here’s hoping that I’ll be back to shout out my hurrahs when I reach the Griffin, and the ten million word mark!

Testimonial Note from Joseph Mayer on Sat, Aug 28
6 cups

G’day, writing hermits.How are you?
I have enjoyed reading your testimonials and notes of inspiration over the years. Gotta admit, sometimes I needed that little hug.
(Is it my turn now to say something kind?)
Eh, better to be honest.
I reached a 1500 day streak!
I CAN make the next 500 days to The Great Griffin.
However, I just don’t know WHY.
This milestone sigh isn’t a celebration. It reveals hundreds of hours of disposable written nonsense. Okay, with rare gems.
It was sluggish today. Perhaps easier sailing awaits tomorrow. ​
Just posting this here to affirm its okay to have days where you “have nothing to write.” And yet, BAM.

Testimonial Note from SP on Fri, Aug 27
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I think a 750words app would be perfect because you could have push notifications to help you remember to write at certain times of day. Also, calendar reminders could be nice. Having the app on the home screen could be good motivation too.

New Feature Vote from Kari Kerby on Thu, Aug 26
20 cups

I want to thank you for maintaining this site. I have been part of the clan since near keyboards were sticks and stones. I have grown from a journalist to, short story writer, now for the second time, I will spend November writing a book. Over this last year, I have created an enthusastic following for my short stories. My last streak, the one I am on now is 223 days long and in that time I have posted 285 short stories. I found my calling, and it is writing. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Campbell on Mon, Aug 23
1 cup

I started writing about 7 years ago finishing the book and sending it out to agents. i received a few critique’s and implemented them immediately. Finding information on the web and at the library to figure what I was doing wrong. I have sent that book out 30 time, I have rewritten it 4 times.
I’ve tried to read the book and I don’t like it, there’s something missing and I have no idea what it is. I read new writers books and they seem to have the same problem. I have figured its the telling of the story, which makes the book become completely boring after a while no matter how good the story. I saw it, but how do I fix it? That was the question and then a friend told me about 750 words a day, and because I was writing so sporadically I felt I would never figure it out. So I started the 750 words a day. I started just writing and I must be honest the first few weeks was mostly about me tryin to figure out what to say in 750 words and how hard it was. I finally started writing other things. I did 87 days in the morning before my day started and then missed one day having to start all over again, that was such a bummer and I had no idea it would affect me like it did. So when I started again I started writing scenes for stories, some were particular to an idea others were just made up. My imagination stretched, I met my 100 day streak and the pride I felt was immeasurable.
I’m still learning but the one thing I got is that new writers tell their stories, and and and she said, he said, they sat, they ate and experienced writers allow you to tell the story with their vivid writing of feelings, and getting into the protagonist’s mind and sharing that. i still don’t have it but I’m getting better and better in my writing. I can even read some of my writing without cringing, thanks to 750 words.
Oh and the badges, oh my god, genius. I didn’t know that kid in me craved attention and those badges gives me that. I’m like a fat kid in a candy store. Thank you so much750 words. I love this site.

Testimonial Note from Sundra Nunley on Mon, Aug 23
1 cup

I awakened this morning — extra early — with anxiety deep in my chest. I was too tired last night before bed to reopen my 750 Words account. I closed it —for the second time — a few months ago, when things seemed to be going well. This morning I recognize that the tension I feel in the center of my being is an accumulation of thoughts, feelings, emotions, observations and even solutions asking to be brought forth. The regular journal didn’t work — I have some joint pain that makes that much writing uncomfortable. The bullet journal didn’t work—too cute. One Note didn’t work—doesn’t feel private. And keeping it all in doesn’t work. Five dollars a month is not too much to pay for the outlet that allows my soul to speak. Upon signing on, I find new life in the home-base of 750 words! The creators have been listening. I appreciate this sense of connection, all the while most private. And now I know that my Creator will be listening. Thanks, all!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 23
2 cups
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from David EH on Sun, Aug 22
1 cup

What a nice and simple concept! I’m very happy to have found this place and am excited to see where 750 words a day can lead.

Testimonial Note from Tia D on Sat, Aug 21
5 cups
Downloadable Text Analysis

Just add a link at the Setting > Export page with the monthly data behind the daily stats. I would love to play around with it and share some long-term mood analysis with the 750words community. :)

New Feature Request Note from Nigini Oliveira on Fri, Aug 20
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Tom Edden on Mon, Aug 16
10 cups

Today is really a special day here at 750 Words for me. I complete another badge…THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF INPUT. I started this run during a period of job search, and have kept the streak alive during several contracts and more searches.

I have created from basically nowhere but the theater of the/my mind
>a novella
>many chapters for several novels, all incomplete
>a long-running and now languishing fable of my alter-ego who exists in my Place of Repose.
>my most recent run is probably the most fun I’ve had recently…a sort of flash fiction using writing prompts from various sources I find around the ’Net and from ideas Diana provides occasionally.

Ironically, what I don’t use Seven Hundred Fifty Words for is a journal or a data dump. I suppose, especially recently, that function has been taken on by the protagonists in my flash fiction. And I am okay with that.

Another somewhat ironic fact is that I’ve been hanging around Seven Hundred Fifty Words for years. I was really sporadic in that time frame and didn’t really get serious about serial input until a year ago.

The other notches in the Seven Hundred Fifty Word gun belt are badges.

The Days sequential… the Seven Hundred Fifty Word Habit is now ingrained. Today I join the twelve hundred plus folks who have achieved this goal.

What is the next badge? In the not-so-distant future…I’ll have to do a closer estimate, so this may be off by a couple of days, I’ll hit five hundred thousand words…a “double flock”. With today’s input I should be in the four hundred forty thousand neighborhood. Since I am averaging just under a thousand words a day, the double flock is about sixty days out…so sometime in October I should join the Double Flock group.

And after that? Five hundred days in the next Time badge. After today, five hundred days is about five plus months, so somewhere near the end of January, likely, for that one.

And therein lies the biggest irony of all. I have never been motivated by awards of any sort. For some bizarre reason, SHFW badges are personally meaningful.

Stay tuned…I’ll be here

Testimonial Note from Bill Wright on Sat, Aug 14
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Danielle Peloquin on Thu, Aug 12
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Danielle Peloquin on Thu, Aug 12
1 cup

Because of this website, I managed to start writing more than I should. I write here every day early in the morning to build my writing habits but I find myself fall in love with this website even more. It has been a commitment device for me to keep on writing. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Nutmeg on Tue, Aug 10