Recently, I came across an article on Lifehacker about a new web app by Buster Benson called 750 Words. Once I read that Benson’s app could help writers like me get back into daily journaling, I’m hooked. In the Lifehacker article, Gina Trapani explained that “every day, you type 750 words—the equivalent of three pages…. whatever you want, free writing.”
I loved this idea.
Often, I find myself staring down a blank page with a in my head, clouded by a million other thoughts. I was already laying down the groundwork for the upcoming Script Frenzy challenge. So I thought this would be a great way to get focused and write like I’ve never written before. And it’s really helped.
750 Words Dashboard
The days I haven’t written my daily quota, I struggle. It takes me longer to say what I want and I stumble along the way. It’s harder for me to focus and stay motivated. But the days I’ve tackled this writing exercise I fly through pages. The words flow with ease and I’m less stressed about what shows up on the screen.
One of the things I really love about this site are the graphs. 750 Words extracts from your writing and displayed after you meet your daily goal. They show you how you are feeling, what you are concerned about, what your mindset is, and highlight your frequently used words. The 750 Words web-app also times you and tracks how many distractions you’ve had. (You can see a sample of my daily stats on the left.) For me, this feature is invaluable when it comes to dissecting my daily brain dump.
If you’ve been wondering how to take your writing to the next level, I highly recommend you try writing 750 words a day.