750words.com: 30-Day Streak

750words.com

That site up there? Been usin’ it since January 2012. The goal is to write 750 words a day, every day.

It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.

I’ve used the exercise as a great way to think out loud without having to worry about half-formed ideas, random tangents, private stuff, and all the other things in our heads that we often filter out before ever voicing them or writing about them. It’s a daily brain dump. Over time, I’ve found that it’s also very helpful as a tool to get thoughts going that have become stuck, or to help get to the bottom of a rotten mood.

750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise.

750words.com

For some reason, I only used it for that month and February and, I guess, forgot all about it immediately afterward. Perhaps it was when I went to Poland for the second time that I fell off. At any rate, I rediscovered 750 Words last month and have been usin’ it pretty faithfully everyday.

There are badges earned for various accomplishments, like writing for 10 days in a row or doin’ it quickly. Today, I earned my first badge since last year, and 30-day-streak badge! I’m super proud of it since it’s been difficult to stay on top of, but I manage. It’s not that hard. :]

Here’re the rest of my badges:

750-30-day-streak

On a separate, fun note, I went through my stats for my 750 account since I joined, and as it turns out, I write curses, violence and sex more often than most of the other users on the site. Haha!

750-maturity-stats

Well! Onward to today’s entry! Except no mere 750 words for me; I need a minimum of 1,667 words a day to reach my NaNo goal of 50k by the end of the month.

S. R. Carrillo

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