750words.com

November 10, 2016

 

 

In December 2012, one of my best friends introduced me to a website called 750words.com. Site creator Buster came up with the idea from the book The Artist’s Way, which calls includes a writing exercise called “morning pages.” Morning pages refers to writing three pages every day, typically in the morning and by hand. The writing is uncensored and unedited. Basically, it’s a method to help clear your mind and get your thoughts flowing for the rest of the day. Buster describes 750words.com as “the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise.” 

 

All writing on 750words.com is private. It’s different than blogging. Originally, Buster had tried different blogging websites like Livejournal, Wordpress, PBWorks, and Tumblr, but it just wasn’t the right fit for what he was trying to do. So he created his own website that was more compatible for writing morning pages. He called it 750 Words because the standard number of words on a page is 250 words.  

 

While the site has important basic features, like keeping track of your word count for you and auto-saving every ten seconds, it also has more complex tools to help you really learn more about your writing. The site tracks how often you get distracted, how fast you write, and it creates statistics for every entry to tell you more about yourself and your writing. For every entry, you receive statistics that analyze the feelings, themes, and mindset of your words. It tells you how you are feeling and what you are concerned about based on what you write. You can learn your mindset: were you feeling more introverted or extroverted? Were you focused more on the past, the present, or the future? To do this, he uses a text-analysis system called the "Regressive Imagery Dictionary" that calculates the various emotional content of each day’s entry. 

 

Every month, you can sign up for the "One Month Challenge." Once you sign up, you have to write 750 words every day to make to the Wall of Awesomeness every month. If you fail, you end up on the Wall of Shame until the month is over. You get a celebratory badge if you make it to the Wall of Awesomeness. You can also receive badges and points for writing daily.  

 

To use the site now, there’s a $5 monthly membership after a 30-day free trial. I personally feel like it’s a very useful tool for my writing. It’s also very helpful for people who are trying to compete in NaNoWriMo since 750 words is a little less than half the words you need to write daily to make it to 50,000 words by the end of the month.  

 

Photo Credit: https://750words.com

 

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