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

James Graves
Danielle Leslie
Alana Reynolds
Heather Vorhies
Claire Hattie
Kate Hennigan
Danielle
Gray Solomon
Sylvia R.
Chanpheng Lewis
Ingrid Turk
Stanley Fritz
Judd Pearson
Brian Simms
Agnes
Boris
Lynn M
Wade S
Theresa Schilizzi
Pio Guzman
Jenny
Mary Emily Canote
Kara G
Patti Pierce
Abigail Ramsden
Barbara McNeely
Kaylois
Marianne Pownall
Alice Heritage
Lawrence Calmus
Ellen Olson
Rachel Walder
Cydling
Susie Wampler
Emily McAnear
Marisa Y
Dione Travis
Carolien
Pranav Mutatkar
Houston Coley
John Kraemer
Lucas Lee-Tyson
Chris Vienna
Stephanie M
Sheri Denney
Gen
Tia
Jason Weimer
James O'Donnell
yohanca
Sarah Kate
Michael Tresnowski
Iben Philbèrt Michelsen
Anoop Ratnaker Rao
Dawn Malone
Ben McEwing
Mark Head
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William Martin
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Cheyenne Wilkie
Peter Stickney
Rudy Flesher
Regina Hastings
Joshua Pawis-Steckley
Elizabeth Alarcón
Christopher Egusa
Jo-Anne Jackson
Elena Yakovleva
Esther Nagle
Carissa MM
Erin J Whittaker
Michael Votto
Jacqueline H Rolandelli
Catherine MacDonald-Robertson
Síobhra Aiken
Cameron Najafi
Kyle Dimla
Nicole
Rebecca Saunders
Beth Chester
Rebecca Hassell
Kelsey Vaughn
Keith E Parton
Simon Edwards
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J Elsie
Laura Munkel
Max Lever
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Rebekah Hubbard

Notes of inspiration from members

2 cups

I have been ill this week and struggling to write a research proposal for my Masters dissertation and in the mixed up days of delirium I missed a day of writing! I was on a 177 day streak and, whilst it’s not as impressive as some of the others’ I’ve seen on here, I was really proud of that. I’m excited to get back on the horse though and try and beat my personal best! This site is amazing and without it I would never have kept writing for 177 days in a row in the first place so thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Tayla Gittins on Sat, Nov 24
25 cups

So, so Thankful for another year of writing every day on 750 Words! I messed up a streak of over 1300 days, but I was back as soon as I could be, and back at over 60 days in a row again. I don’t know what I would do without having this wonderful page in my life, so many, many thanks for making it possible and keeping everything running smoothly!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Rose on Sat, Nov 24
1 cup
Click Away Counter

Another metric indicating the level of distraction during writing.

How many times did another screen get opened?

New Feature Request Note from Craig Donovan on Sat, Nov 24
1 cup
Tagging of Work

Hey – I’ve been using 750 for a few months now – is there a way to tag your work?
I.e., I’ve been focused on one story for the last few months but feel I need a bit of a break to try something new.

Would be great to be able to search on Tags that you could create.

Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Greggomatic on Thu, Nov 22
1 cup

I used to write on 750 Words religiously. It was THE platform to keep me going. I am a researcher and writing scientific articles and books can be difficult to get into when you first sit down to write. Eventually, I felt like freewriting 750 Words every morning before starting work just wasn’t helping. I felt like I needed that time to get into the grind of research and technical writing.

Well, I’m back! I’m back because I’m newly on my own, my day job is steady, and I want to get back into a habit that does help, fiction or nonfiction, in a community of writers that want to encourage each other. Here’s to new beginnings!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer M Kerner on Mon, Nov 19
5 cups

Those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month, keep writing! Words on the page, day after day. That’s the lesson of 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sun, Nov 18
20 cups
Staying Simple

I love the simplicity of the current daily pages. No distractions to format, just me and my thoughts landing on the page. If I want to ‘juzz’ a bit of what I’ve written, I take it over to Word and format to my heart’s content.

Letting the words flow onto the page is the goal. While I understand the desire to format our daily pages, it is the concentration on content that makes my daily writing satisfying. Let’s keep things simple.

New Feature Request Note from marcia shannon on Sat, Nov 17
5 cups
Encryption and mobile site and badges

It would feel much safer if the content was encrypted. Perhaps it could be timed in a way that the encryption takes place at midnight, when the text becomes ineditable anyway to enable the graphs, stats etc-features to work. Mobile Site would be great, too. Thanks for providing this great site.
Oh – yes. More badges. That would be awesome.

New Feature Request Note from ju ki on Fri, Nov 16
1 cup

What inspires me here is not so much I have found the ability and habit of spewing out words each day, but the ability to go back and read who I was long ago. In a way getting to know past self and as a uncomfortable introvert of low confidence, I can look back, read as an outsider may, and go, “wow” that was alright! There’s another person inside finally allowed to be free.

Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Curtis St. John on Thu, Nov 15
1 cup
A better mobile site

I would ask for an Android app, but with a better mobile site, we would have viable options while mobile. However, with an app, would we be able to post offline, thus maintaining streaks even when we would be without internet access?

New Feature Vote from Roland 🔥 on Thu, Nov 15
25 cups

I was over 300 days. I was participating in NaNoWriMo and I was on task with my word count to hit 50K by November 30. That ended on Saturday, November 10. Because that’s the day my Daddy died. He was 70. I’m 43. And now… now I have to try to write, because, how else am I going to face this day?

Testimonial Note from July MS Sadowski on Tue, Nov 13
2 cups

So I fell off the streak after my first 111 days, to say I am beyond irritated with myself doesn’t even come close. There’s a but, though and it’s a good one. Normally I would spiral into a slump of despondency and would see no point in carrying on, but I’ve come back today and got right back on it because 750 words has become part of my life and has helped me grow. I now finally, finally get what Joan Didion said about writing to understand what you think. Thanks 750 Words – you’re stars!

Testimonial Note from Sallie T on Tue, Nov 13
1 cup

I am not writing a novel or a great blog post most days. I am just trying to get my thoughts in order. In that way this is the best 5 bucks I spend every month. I take a few minutes a day to make sure my brain is thinking what I want it to think and move onto a great day!

Testimonial Note from Theodore Gorman on Tue, Nov 13
3 cups

750words reminds me that I am a writer. In 4 years of being here, I have yet to write my daily quota for a 30 day streak. I used to feel bad about this. But now I just let my membership be a reminder that this is where my heart belongs – communicating in the written word and other mediums. I work outside the home at a job that is increasing in responsibility and possibly will become a partnership. I have two 20-somethings that aren’t launched and struggling to support themselves. I am also the main caregiver for my fiance (7 nights, 4 days), basically the days I’m not at work. I’m always on the go, moving, doing, with no time to just STOP and SIT at my computer and WRITE. This moment is a rarity because I woke up ahead of my fiance which usually doesn’t happen. Sometimes when the day is done, I might have a few minutes that I can sit down, but I’m so exhausted, I just want my head to hit the pillow. 750 words reminds me that even when I don’t sit down at the keyboard regularly, I AM STILL A WRITER, and I WILL get these words onto paper eventually.

Testimonial Note from Diana Dee on Mon, Nov 12
2 cups

Something about journaling makes the planets of my life align, and I have been aware of this for decades. It hasn’t made me any more diligent in pursuing this life-affirming practice—until I found 750words.com. The badges are just freakin’ silly, yet they drive me to go for one more, one more, one more. I’m an addict in the most positive kind of way. And… I watch the planets of my life align in ways that are seemingly unrelated to 750 words. But that’s how magic works.

Testimonial Note from Liz Zélandais on Mon, Nov 12
2 cups

Something about journaling makes the planets of my life align, and I have been aware of this for decades. It hasn’t made me any more diligent in pursuing this life-affirming practice—until I found 750words.com. The badges are just freakin’ silly, yet they drive me to go for one more, one more, one more. I’m an addict in the most positive kind of way. And… I watch the planets of my life align in ways that are seemingly unrelated to 750 words. But that’s how magic works.

Testimonial Note from Liz Zélandais on Mon, Nov 12
2 cups

Something about journaling makes the planets of my life align, and I have been aware of this for decades. It hasn’t made me any more diligent in pursuing this life-affirming practice—until I found 750words.com. The badges are just freakin’ silly, yet they drive me to go for one more, one more, one more. I’m an addict in the most positive kind of way. And… I watch the planets of my life align in ways that are seemingly unrelated to 750 words. But that’s how magic works.

Testimonial Note from Liz Zélandais on Mon, Nov 12
1 cup

SO GLAD I joined just in time for NaNoWriMo and I LOVE that it alerts me when I’ve met the daily NaNoWriMo word goal, heck yes! Love this so much, thank you for this site <3

Testimonial Note from Vanessa Gomez on Sun, Nov 11
5 cups

Yet again in my quest for the magical 500th day, I have stumbled along the way, making it into the 300th something for the second time. That said, I simply will pick up my keyboard and try, try again, as there is something magical about coming here and pouring 750 + words out on the page each day. A toast to all of us that “oops,” then give ourselves a kick of oh, darn, then get right back up and start a new streak.

Testimonial Note from Jim Bartlett on Fri, Nov 09
1 cup
Named Headings and/or Colored Headings

I would like to see headings on the days’ page that I can name myself so when I am looking for a particular scene or idea I have written I can find it without having to click through each page manually to see what I wrote as a heading. Maybe color coding to start with where I could choose from 12 different colors and the X used to say the day was complete could be different colors?. A legend page where I could assign the subject or world the color is associated with could also be helpful. I use this website to do all my writing then I copy and paste it back to whichever word processor I am using but I am always searching through all the pages. Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Jay Tweedie on Thu, Nov 08
1 cup

I am an aspiring author and with the help of this system, I have begun a journey of writing every day. It was a laborsome task in the beginning and I had to push myself to build the habit but now it is part of my daily routine. I now feel like I have turned the corner and this is part of the overall system I am using to modify my life. I am now a writer.

Testimonial Note from Jay Tweedie on Thu, Nov 08
5 cups

I’m a Forever Phoenix. I’ve been writing here for six years now, and only twice have I managed to reach Pterodactyl — the second time, just today! I always blow it somewhere between 150 and 190. Nevertheless, 750 Words had become an indispensable part of my life. Writing helps me sort through all kinds of things, see patterns, and just generally clear my mind.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with splitting my writing, a little in the morning and a little more in the evening. It’s working well for me so far; I can capture the strange thoughts and ideas that float through my brain before I’ve really jumped into my busy day, then later reflect on everything that happened. I kind of miss (to a surprising degree!) the “uninterruptible” stars I used to get most of the time, but I’m finding the balance of beginning and ending my day with writing to be much more valuable.

Thank you for such an inspired, inspiring site!

Testimonial Note from Timo on Thu, Nov 08
1 cup

After years of being registered on here… I think I finally understood the idea of writing three pages a day. Funny really! Just want to thank you for being here and such a nice and clean page to dumb a load of crap on to get going with the day ;-)

Testimonial Note from Anni Wonder on Tue, Nov 06
1 cup

750 words has changed my life. I needed this platform for so many reasons. I’m so glad it exists and am happy to pay the $5 a month to have the outlet!

Testimonial Note from Shanna Martin on Mon, Nov 05
1 cup

I like starting my day with 750 words because it frees my mind so it can sing with the birds. When I first wake up, my mind is like a restless and waterless place, but after 750 words, it is swept and put in order.

Testimonial Note from Wandering Willie on Mon, Nov 05
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I, too, like the idea of badges for completed days but also a way to indicate how many times I’ve completed the various streak badges. It seems I’ve been unable to get past a 15 day streak since I started in 2012 and I think seeing a little counter on the streak badges would be inspiring, not just as a carrot, because it means we get the badge again (sort of) but because it would be a bit of a stick, too, to see just how many times I’ve tried lol! I’m actually really curious to see how many times I’ve got to those lower ones over the years!

New Feature Vote from Darcy Conroy on Sun, Nov 04
2 cups

This site helped me with my fear of the blank page. After completing the October challenge I now have the confidence I could write any day about anything with no doubts.

Testimonial Note from Luka Lovre on Sun, Nov 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Luka Lovre on Sun, Nov 04
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Chat Errant on Sat, Nov 03
37 cups

It finally happened. I missed October 29th. My first absent day since July 2012.

So I’ve picked myself up, and started again. Because this is a habit now, part of the rhythm of my life, and I am happy about that. Sure, I liked seeing the numbers go up. But I’m also happy to know that I didn’t actually need the numbers to go up.

Testimonial Note from Benjamin Schapiro on Fri, Nov 02