As an author, publisher, Certified Coach, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, and content creator, I’m always looking for new writing tools to improve my writing and productivity.
Previously, I’d used a half-dozen writing tools and often felt tied to my home computer because many other tools didn’t synch with each other, or allow me to work on the go.
Today, there are two tools I use EVERY DAY: QuickWrite and ProWritingAid. While neither of these synch with each other, that’s okay. I don’t need them to. They both allow me to start a project and work on them when I’m traveling.
Here’s a View of My Workflow:
I ALWAYS start with QuickWrite, but first, let me explain what it is.
QuickWrite.ai is an AI writing assistant that helps me brainstorm ideas, generate content, and overcome writer’s block. It’s like having a co-writer who can suggest titles, outlines, descriptions, blog posts, stories, and more based on my keywords or prompts.
This is important
While QuickWrite is an artificial intelligence tool, I use this tool primarily to get started on a project. Is there something I hadn’t thought of? Probably. In my case, I’m a year past a stroke and while I’m doing really well, I like the idea that a tool like can show me what I should (or could) write about.
With the A.I. capabilities of this tool, a person could easily have it write content and then toss it out there and publish it.
BUT… BIG BUT…If you are a writer like me, we have to live with ourselves. We become better writers by writing. You will see the many ways of becoming a professional writer with ProWritingAid (ahead).
The Brainstorm and Outline Tools
Within QuickWrite, there are two sections I use a LOT: The Brainstorm tool and the Outline tool. As a quick example, suppose I was to write an article about “The History of Lighthouses”. Starting with the Brainstorm tool, I enter the Prompt:
The History of Lighthouses
Of the writing tools, this one immediately gives me 20 ideas:
(I didn’t come up with these, QuickWrite did.)
Now, I have a mental check to see if I’m missing anything.
YES. I am. I pulled this idea out of the air for this example.
Within the list, there were 14 ideas I hadn’t even thought of (and I’m a retired Coast Guard guy).
1. The first lighthouse ever built: a brief history
2. The evolution of lighthouse technology from ancient to modern times
3. The role lighthouses played in maritime navigation throughout history
4. Famous lighthouses around the world and their stories
5. The influence of lighthouses on coastal communities and economies
6. The impact of lighthouses on modern marine safety regulations
7. The gendered history of lighthouse keeper jobs
8. Lighthouse preservation and the efforts to save crumbling structures
9. The symbolism and cultural significance of lighthouses in art and literature
10. The role lighthouses played in early scientific investigations
11. Lighthouse ghost stories and legends
12. Examining the lives and challenges of lighthouse keepers throughout history
13. The impact of automation on lighthouse technology and jobs
14. Lighthouses as signaling stations during wartime
15. The history of lighthouses in the US and their significance for coastal towns
16. Illuminating the politics and economics of lighthouse ownership and operation
17. Lighthouse engineering and architectural feats throughout history
18. The role of lighthouses in the abolition of slavery and other humanitarian causes
19. The future of lighthouses and their place in modern society
20. A tribute to the brave people who have lost their lives trying to keep lighthouses operational.
Given the list above, I chose Idea No. 14, “Lighthouses as signaling stations during wartime.” Now, it’s time to select the Outline tool and give you a clearer picture of what your article will address. The tool immediately gives me a 10-part outline. Realistically, if you were to write a series or book on lighthouses during war, now you have a list of chapters.
1. The role of lighthouses in wartime communication
2. Historical background of lighthouses as signaling stations
3. Advances in signaling technology used in lighthouses during wartime
4. Lighthouse network and its significance in wartime communication
5. Lighthouse signal codes and their meanings
6. Lighthouse keepers and their importance in maintaining communication
7. Lighthouse sabotage during wars
8. Success stories of lighthouses as signaling stations
9. Abandoned lighthouses and their wartime significance
10. Lighthouses today and their continued role in communication and technology.
If you were to start this from scratch, without these research and writing tools, how long would it take you?
QuickWrite is also useful for fiction, nonfiction, marketing copy, video scripts and more. Be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. I’ll keep you informed when I create a planned in-depth page with tips and tricks about this great tool. Sure, there are plenty of A.I. tools out there. Some are good, others, not so much. The difference between those and QuickWrite is they specifically tailored this tool for authors.
Now, It's Time For ProWritingAid
Now that I have my writing ideas, it’s time to write. All of my writing takes place within ProWritingAid and then I use the built-in tools when it’s time to edit.
ProWritingAid is an AI writing assistant software that helps me edit and polish my writing. This important tool is more than just a grammar checker; it’s a comprehensive writing tool that analyzes my text for:
- Readability, and more.
It also offers me:
- Helpful suggestions
- explanations, and,
ProWritingAid gives me plenty of good advice for improving my writing skills to help grow as an author. Good writers never stop learning and this tool offers me plenty of opportunities for frequent learning.
ProWritingAid integrates with all the apps and browsers I use (Word, Google Docs, Scrivener, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome). It also offers 20 in-depth writing reports that show me how to fix common errors, avoid clichés, vary my sentence lengths, eliminate passive voice, and enhance my vocabulary.
Back to QuickWrite for A.I. Generated Images
When I’m done with an article, it’s time to find a good featured image for my blog and social media. Sure, there are plenty of royalty-free sites out there for images (and I often use them). Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use an image that’s brand new and only associated with your article? With A.I., that’s now possible. QuickWrite has a built-in image creator that offers a choice of:
- Photo-realistic images
- Animation style
- Black and white pencil sketches
- 3D Rendered images, and
- Detailed paintings
All you need to do is type a prompt that describes what you are looking for. Copied below are a few examples of QuickWrite A.I. images that I’ve used in other articles and content.
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