Some background: Last year, around November, I started working on a new project. The goal was to try and sell pre-written articles on popular topics. The problem? I don’t know a whole lot about popular topics!
I’m a considerably slow writer even when I’m writing about things I know a lot about. But trying to write about why glycerin is good for our skin took me nearly four days! Well now, that’s not very sustainable if a $40 article takes four days to write, is it?!
And then, like magic, I came across this story about someone writing a friggin’ novel with artificial intelligence! So, that made me wonder, could artificial intelligence help me write some listicles on the benefits of glycerin for skin or drinking water for losing weight? And so began the search for an AI writing tool.
After trying out some seven different software, I settled on one called Writesonic. So, if you’re a power content creator needing several articles written in a short amount of time, keep readin’! I’ll show you exactly how I’ve been using Writesonic to speed up my writing process.
In this post:
What is an AI Writing Tool
I linked to the story above about an author writing a whole novel with AI. It was done with GPT-3 — an artificial neural network with billions of parameters that allow the technology to process natural language. Basically, if you give it some prompts, it will try to mimic your voice and write content that sounds and feels like they’re naturally written by you!
That said, accessing GPT-3 isn’t easy and most of us here aren’t writing novels in the first place. We, content creators, are here to do something else entirely. Write a lot of content that’s valuable, authentic, well-researched, and in-demand.
So, can we, bloggers and content creators, make use of an AI writing tool to do the job for us?
Now that question—”can an AI writing tool do our job“—is understandably scary. If that were to be true, what would become of us who write to make a living?
Well, I’m happy to say that at least for now, an AI writing tool isn’t quite after our jobs. However, used correctly, it can become an invaluable assistant that helps us create quality content faster.
What you should know about an AI writing tool
GPT-3 is mighty. Depending on the prompts, it can write an article about why glycerin is really good for your skin, but it can also write a scary account of how glycerin can ruin your skin. It’s all in the angle, right? You decide what that angle is, and the AI writing tool is there to help formulate and craft your thoughts into a concise story.
Here’s what you really need to know:
An AI writing tool cannot create something from nothing. You have to treat your relationship with it as a partnership. The two of you will need to work together. So, it’s not like you give it a one-sentence prompt, and the AI writing tool will spit out a perfectly written and edited story or article based on that single sentence.
The two of you will need to work through multiple options and revisions to finally have something that you like.
That said, writing with AI isn’t painless, and the process can seem a bit cumbersome at times depending on what you’re trying to write.
Personally, I do not use it to write articles on this blog because my posts are primarily based on personal experiences.
Accordingly, I do not recommend using AI writing tools for content that is based on personal experiences, feelings, and opinions.
I find the tool most useful for writing pieces without any first-person POV. Like that piece about glycerin that I keep mentioning? Yeah. It has not a single mention of what I think about this common ingredient found practically in all beauty products. So it made for the perfect candidate to be written by an AI writing tool.
Who benefits the most from an AI writing tool
If you’re a power blogger/content creator needing a lot of content in a short amount of time, then this tool is for you.
[Note: Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, and the drastic change in the way people use AI, some companies have adopted AI writing while others have gone as far as to ban them. If you’re a freelance writer, make sure your client is OK with using AI, if you’re considering it.]
Consider these scenarios:
- You’re a freelance writer (on Fiverr, Upwork, or just flying solo) and get a lot of clients who ask you to write 500-word+ articles on a variety of topics. You probably end up writing several articles within a day, often on things you’re not familiar with.
- You sell pre-written content on sites like Constant Content, Dot Writer, etc., and need to create a lot of content fast.
- You’re a blog flipper. Meaning, you’re someone who starts a blog (or buys one,) creates a lot of content fast, and then sells it for a higher price than the original investment for a profit.
In all of these scenarios, you need to create a lot of content fast, and an AI writing tool can considerably cut down on the time it takes to write one well-researched article from start to finish.
What is Writesonic + Writesonic Review
The artificial writing program GPT-3 isn’t accessible to the public quite yet; to access it in its purest form you have to go through various hoops and forms and emails and approvals.
But thankfully, there are companies that have taken the technology of GPT-3 and have created their own AI writing tools to help writers with their crafts. One such company is Writesonic.
Writesonic review at a glance
[Note: This article was written in January 2022, and many of the features and functionalities, as well as pricing, has changed. Some of the features may look and function differently than how they’re shown in this post.]
I’m big into user experience and user interface, so those are primarily the qualities that drew me to Writesonic. Prior to using Writesonic, I tried several other programs: Jasper (formerly known as Jarvis), Ai Writer, Rytr.me, etc.
But Writesonic drew me in instantly because of its clean interface, clear guidelines, and well, pricing too. For all that Writesonic offers its users, their pricing structure is by far the most generous compared to similar tools out there.
To give you an example, Jasper, a similar app built on the technology of GPT-3, offers long-form writing only in their “beast mode” which starts at $59 per month at the time of writing this, and only allows 50K word generation per month. Trust me, 50K words may sound like a lot, especially if you only write 1-2 blog posts per week, but remember, an AI writing tool isn’t perfect. It’s a partnership between you—the writer—and the machine. So, you can expect to go through multiple iterations before you’re satisfied. And that means generating a ton of words in a short amount of time. Soon you’ll find yourself using much more than 50K words per month.
Writesonic, on the other hand, has a credit-based system. Each generation (generation refers to every time you click a button to generate content with this tool) costs you one credit. So, you can pretty much pay as you go. Now, if you’re a power content creator who writes a lot, you can subscribe to their unlimited credit tier, which is only $45 per month for a single user.
Now, let’s take a look at a summary of the pros and cons.
- Beautiful user interface. It’s the best out of all the other AI writing apps I’ve used so far
- Intuitive and self-explanatory
- Affordable pricing structure (see image above)
- Plenty of different features: article writing assistant, email subject line, landing page copy, product description, ad copy, cold email copy, YouTube titles and descriptions, and much more!
- The tool appears to compare and collect information from the internet, so the content appears to be well-researched and pretty accurate too. (But do still fact-check every time it throws any data at you.)
- I love that I don’t have to come up with pointers from scratch. The tool helps you generate outlines and ideas.
I’ve been using this for a couple of months now, and have been pretty satisfied so far. The “con,” if you will, is the same on not just Writesonic, but all the other AI writing assistants I have used:
It’s not perfect!
Sometimes it created duplicate content, the sentences can be choppy, often adds an extra period or line-breaks unnecessarily…
But hey, if Writesonic was creating perfect sentences and ideas every single time, I’d be out of a job, so yeah, the con’s really no con at all! I’m more than happy to sit down and edit Writesonic’s work to make it my own on any given day.
Which plan should you sign up for?
Writesonic offers a free trial of 10 generations.
Here’s a refresher on terminology: A generation refers to every time you use the tool to write something for you. For long-form content, each generation has a limit of 120 words in the free plan. To write a whole article with the long-form tool, you’ll have to generate multiple times.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, Writesonic has a convenient pay-as-you-go system. But it’s not exactly sustainable for writers who use the platform a lot. If you find yourself using this tool to write several articles a month, I’ll recommend signing up for the $45-per-month plan. It allows unlimited generations to a single user, which is great for most bloggers and content creators. If you have additional team members, however, then make sure to sign up for the correct plan accordingly.
How to Use Writesonic to Create Different Types of Content
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things I love about Writesonic is that it’s pretty intuitive. I remember trying to use some of the other AI writing tools and having to Google their usage before I could figure out how to work them. Writesonic has clear directions every step of the way.
That said, here’s a starter guide to Writesonic; should be useful if you’ve never used an AI writing tool before.
How to write an article with Writesonic
Writesonic offers a couple of different ways to write an article. I prefer to use these two different methods:
- AI Article Writer 2.0
- Long-Form Writing Assistant (GPT-3)
The first one is useful when you have no idea what to write aside from the topic. And the second one is useful when you kind of know which topics you’ll want to cover within an article. Let me show you how I’ve been using them.
1. AI Article Writer 2.0
I start by logging in and then clicking the correct project type: AI Article Writer 2.0. This takes me to the structured article writer window which, as I’ve said already, is really intuitive and self-explanatory. This tool helps you write an article in 4 steps:
Step 1: Choose a title
You give it a topic in the first step and then generate “ideas” which are really just potential titles for your article. Each generation gives you multiple options you can choose from. If you do not like any of the options, you can regenerate ideas. When you finally come across an idea/title you like, click it, and then click the button that says “Next Step.”
Remember, if you do not like any of the titles on the first try, you can click “Generate Ideas” again to get a different set of titles.
Step 2: Choose an Introduction
In the next stage, click “Generate Intros.” Just like the previous stage, you’ll be presented with a few options for an introduction to your article. Choose the one you like the most and then click “Next Step.” If, however, you don’t like any of the options on your first try, click “Generate Intros” again for additional options.
Step 3: Create an outline
In the previous step, you chose an introduction and clicked “Next Step.” In this one, you have to choose an outline. Just like the previous steps, you’ll need to click “Generate Outlines” to be presented with multiple options. Then you have to choose the one you like. If you don’t like any of them, you can generate more outlines.
Step 4: Write the article
In this stage, you’ll see a list of all the section headers. Before you write the article, you’ll have the option to edit one of the headers, delete them entirely (by clicking the trash-can icon next to a header,) or add new headers to your list (by clicking the plus sign.)
Pro-tip: I often like to manually add a new section called “Conclusion” to this list before hitting the “Write an Article” button. Writesonic is smart enough to know what that means, so it will write a conclusion of your article.
When you’re happy with your section headers, click “Write an Article.”
Read through the article that Writesonic writes for you, and as always, if you’re not happy, write again!
Once you have an article you like (and mind you, this isn’t going to be perfect, just really close to being perfect that you can work on,) you can copy and paste it to a document (MS Word, Google Doc, Reedsy, Notion, or wherever you write and edit articles.)
Alternatively, you can click the “Download” button above the newly generated article to save a copy in Microsoft Word format.
2. Long-Form Writing Assistant (GPT-3)
This tool is pretty open-ended and by far my favorite. It has a writing editor where you and the AI program write together. We’re talking about some real collaborative work here!
This editor has all the text editing options of any editor (headers, lists, links, etc.), and what’s more, it’s fully integrated with Grammarly! Basically, you can use this as your go-to blog post or article writer/editor, only, now with the helping hand of an AI writer to assist you with the process.
You start by writing the first few sentences (to train the AI so it knows your topic, your voice, etc.), then you generate piece by piece. Each generation, depending on your subscription plan, can create as much as 120 to 200 words, max. You just have to keep clicking the “Write with AI” button until you have a full article.
You can also delete and type your own versions as you go. This helps guide the AI assistant so I recommend doing it often in the writing process.
How to generate landing page copy with Writesonic
Great copy can transform your conversion, and now, with Writesonic, you can generate landing page copy that can increase your subscriptions or sales.
To start off, choose the “Landing Pages” card from your dashboard. Then, on the next page, fill out all the required information:
- Product/Service name
- Product/Service description
- Feature/Benefit (x3)
And then, click the “Generate Landing Pages” button.
None of the input above needs to be perfect; just the gist of things. If you’ve made a product or service, you should already know what it is and what it does. Just let the AI writing assistant know what they are, and it will generate catchy headlines and copy for you.
And, as per usual, if you do not like it on the first try, you can always regenerate a new landing page.
What else can you write with Writesonic?
Feel free to go over the full list of content types in the dashboard. Personally, aside from using the Article Writer and Long-Form assistant, I also love using the “Email Subject Line” and “Text Summary” generators. I have trouble crafting short punchy lines, so these tools often come in handy.
If you run Facebook or Google ads, you’ll find those generators useful as well. There are also YouTube titles and description generators, product description generators, and many more options for different types of copywriting.
Fun fact: I generated the YouTube title and description of the video below using Writesonic 🙂
Writesonic video tutorial
I’ve included a short tutorial on writing with Writesonic in this video. The best way to learn this tool is by using it and playing with it until you figure things out. But hopefully, this video will help you get started.
Frequently Asked Question
Is Writesonic good compared to other AI Writing tools?
In my opinion, yes! I have tried other AI writing apps, and so far Writesonic has a better user interface and comes with more perks — different types of writing, such as article writing, long-form writing, ad copy writing, landing page copy generator, product descriptions, and much more — and yet, it's cheaper than other comparable programs.
Is Writesonic AI writing assistant free?
Writesonic gives you 10 free credits when you sign up. This is sufficient to know whether Writesonic is for you or not. After that, you can either purchase more credits, or sign up for unlimited monthly credits plan at an affordable subscription cost.
How does Writesonic compare against Jasper (formerly Jarvis)?
I have tried both Jasper and Writesonic, and would recommend Writesonic to all. I personally prefer Writesonic's user interface (easy and intuitive, while every bit as powerful with GPT-3 as its core technology) much more than Jasper, and what's more, Writesonic is more economical.
Writesonic has been helping me with crafting some blog posts really fast for a new project I’m working on. I believe, used properly without being lazy about it, you can enlist Writesonic to help you with your freelancing tasks too. Whether you’re a freelance copywriter or a blogger, this tool can be a trusted assistant to you. It has a free trial, so why not give it a try today and see for yourself whether or not you like it?
To you now. What are your thoughts regarding an AI writing assistant? How comfortable (or uncomfortable) are you with the idea of letting a machine help you with your writing tasks? Please share in the comments below.
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