750words.com and the shared experience of writing privately

It's Friday and even if I took many notes on what I should be writing today, I feel lazy. So I'm taking a few minutes to write about the website http://750words.com. I discovered this website a few years ago and it helped me think clearly during a few difficult months.

To me, http://750words.com is a great example of what the Internet is good at. It's a not a complicated web-app or a well-designed software by a cool Silicon Valley company. It's a personal project that turned into something useful for thousands of people and turned into a business. It's a bit rough around the edges and feels scrappy. Not a lot of people know about it. But it's a small community and a well-kept secret.

The goal of http://750words.com is to get people writing every day privately. That's the trick. This platform is not optimized for public publishing but to help you get 750 words on paper (ok, ok, online). For yourself.

I'm impressed that they were able to turn something private into a community. It's a shared experience of writing privately. It's probably the online equivalent to praying with a group.

I’ve long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist’s Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in “long hand”, typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way.
— http://750words.com/

And if you haven't read The Artist's Way, google it, it's quite good.