A Little Thing That Was 750words.com

A year ago, an incredible writer and dear friend, Ashtoreth Eldritch recommended a website called 750words.com to me. For nearly the past year, I have enjoyed the ability to write stream of consciousness in the same vein as Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way book recommends that one write three pages of long hand, stream of consciousness in order to reconnect to their creativity. Because I have a hand that tends to go numb because of an injury I sustained ten years ago, this was a perfect solution for me.

Buster, the owner of the site, has announced that since taking a job with Twitter, moving his wife and their two and a half year old across country to Silicon Valley, the best solution for him, outside of selling the site, is to make it a subscription site. The cost to be a member after the first free month will be $5 per month or $50 per year. Those who cannot afford such luxuries will have the option of having their membership sponsored. Of course, that will leave some out in the cold or frustrated to find anything else online.

For myself, I will be exporting all that I have written and keeping 750words.com onto a thumb drive. Scrivener allows me to keep count of my words each day, so that is not an issue. And really, I write more like 1750 – 3000 and more words per day. I get rather nervous about putting my creativity on someone else’s website, no matter how trust worthy they are or how good their personal integrity might be. For me, it isn’t so much about the site or the little badges one gets for having made your goal so many days in a row. It is the establishment of a habit of writing and making that your priority for the day that is what 750 words is good for.

You can read more about it here: http://750words.tumblr.com/

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5 responses to “A Little Thing That Was 750words.com

  1. Wow, since going back to paper for morning pages (I yo-yo between pen and ink & keyboard and monitor — it all depends on the seasons, I think) I was not aware of these changes. Thank you so much for the heads up. I’ll be exporting my pages (for future journal mining — I write my fiction in Scrivener, so no worries there) this weekend.

    • I love my fountain pens and the flow of ink on paper, but when that process becomes painful, I don’t love it so much. Right now, I am using a keyboard most of the time for classes, etc. It feels natural to use it to type train of thought posts. Now, rather than use 750words.com, I am just using my own resources. I feel more secure that way.

      I always look forward to what you write! I cannot wait to see what you come up with next! 😉

      • Totally understood! I’m the reverse, since the injuries form my auto accident can still make my shoulder ache unbelievably from too much time at the keyboard. Knitting and writing on paper help keep those muscles limber.

        *Nods* Being in control of your work is the best bet. I looked a few of the alternatives offered by 750words.com and am more than happy to stick with a paper journal and word documents.

        Thank you! I’m trying to keep the creative flow moving forward. It’s hard at the moment, so I am taking baby steps in organising old material on the writing subdomain whilst I work in my grief journal.

  2. I miss my longhand writing days 😦 After my shoulder/hip surgery my body can only take longhand for about 10 minutes; many times not even that. Something about the way my body aligns, or fails to.

    I understand not putting all your efforts in a semi-private platform. I can’t do it. More than 3,000 words, huh? Hot damn, I must up my quota or be left smelling your ink’s dust 😉

    • I can relate! My injury was from a Chocolate Labrador Retriever. I stepped over him right in front of a staircase on my way down; he got up, I caught myself and tore my rotator cuff. And yes, long essay exams are the worst. I usually have to get accommodation so that I can type them instead.

      As for the writing word count: But you have more to show for your work, Magaly! I am so disorganized generally, but I am becoming more able to manage it thanks to using Scrivener almost exclusively now! Writing is my priority these days. It’s like buying a lottery ticket with very good odds on it – and if you keep doing it as much as possible and with as much attention to craft as possible, you just might win!

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