A Writing Tip

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is write more every day. I’ve tried blogging, but that can be cumbersomely public. I’ve tried journaling by hand, but medical issues prevent that day-to-day. But, I did find something that, for the last couple of days, seems to have helped increase my writing productivity.

Months ago, one of my coworkers mentioned 750words.com to me. I didn’t give it a try then, because I still had it in mind that I wanted to keep everything on my blog, if I was going to do something online. Fast forward to now, and I’ve come to realize that I need to do something and I don’t like to have to remember to mark entries as private, nor do I want to take the chance that something will slip through the cracks. Better to have everything separate.

So the idea behind 750words is simple: it is just simple, private, unfiltered journaling on a private site, every day. You can see who else is writing, but not WHAT they are writing. There are monthly challenges, badges, daily points, and other encouragements to keep you posting every day.

I’m only two days in, but I’m already liking the concept and can see myself sticking with it for awhile. You should give it a shot, too.

6 thoughts on “A Writing Tip

  1. Ooh, was that coworker me? I used 750words for a bit some time back but haven’t been there in quite a while. It was pretty good for giving you license to just blather on, which maybe didn’t result in the best writing, but which still exercised the writing muscle. I’ve found that working on the Daily Post blog has made me write at least a post a week for the last seven months or so, which has also been good for me discipline-wise. Maybe you should join me!

    • It was you! I kept the bookmark around, but just now got around to using it. This’ll be day three; I hope to keep it going for the rest of the month, which someone at the university told me is how long it takes to make a new habit.

      • Well good luck! 750 words a day is pretty attainable, especially if you’re ok with just blathering on a bit (probably part of why I abandoned it; I can’t turn my inner editor off).

  2. I tried 750 Words at one point. Neat concept. It’s kinda like how Health Month is helping me focus on healthier habits in a fun way… this could be very motivating for you!

  3. No, there is no limit. Instead, there are rewards. You can write as little or as much as you want, but you don’t get a reward or credit until you hit 750 points. So if you want to get your points for the day, you need to write at least 750 words. If you write more, great! If you only write 750, that’s great too.

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