The Types of GPT-3 AI Writing Apps; Which to Use?

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In my expert opinion, there are two main types of AI writing apps based on OpenAI’s GPT-3 model: blank-canvas and forms-based — and it’s probably quite easy to guess what they entail.

Essentially there are two ways of making use of AI to help you write your articles. One gives you a blank canvas like you’re used to with services like Google Docs or Microsoft Word. The other is a form you fill out to get back the content you asked for.

Which is better? Let’s take a look.

The Blank Canvas Method
The blank canvas is exactly what it sounds like. It is a blank space for you to write and call on an AI writing assistant when you need the help — literally as if an assistant was waiting next to you to take over when you want.

The biggest benefit is you get to write quickly, get some AI help, keep writing more… going with the flow, working with the AI to produce content quickly — all in one screen. No jumping around from page to page — you produce your entire article within one minimal screen.

This gives you the freedom to use the AI at the very point you need it — to complete sentences and paragraphs for you — significantly improving your productivity. It’s not unheard of to crank out 1,500-word articles in less than 15 minutes.

The drawback is you have to learn how to dance with the AI. There are no training wheels to balance for you. You’ll spend some time failing, but if you keep at it, you’ll eventually learn to make the most of it — but you’ll find there are times when the AI can be a little hard to get what you want from.

That’s where the forms-based AI writing apps come in.

The Forms-Based Method
The forms-based AI writing apps are completely the opposite of the blank canvas style. Instead of one screen to do everything, you get multiple specialized screens designed to help you retrieve a specific type of content — things like blog post ideas, ad copy, product copy, or meta descriptions.

The benefit is behind the scenes; the tool can better “train” the GPT-3 AI to return the output you probably expected — based on the form you chose to fill out. These tools often return multiple results for you to choose from too.

Of course, the trade-off is you have to jump from form-to-form and fill them out thoroughly to get what you want from the AI — then copy and paste the output, paragraph-by-paragraph, into a document to produce your article.

It’s time-consuming compared to the blank canvas type but can often produce the result you want — which is why I say use them together.

Which GPT-3 AI Writing Tools to Combine?


If you can grab Nichesss while it still has the AppSumo lifetime deal, use it. $59 for unlimited generations and a founder with a fantastic level of transparency — you can’t go wrong. The return on investment will be worth it. The only gripe is the UI is a bit clunky to work with, but you can get used to it. is a fantastic choice too. The team works very closely with the OpenAI developers to bring a solid product. It’s a subscription to access it, but you get unlimited generations. isn’t focused on serving a particular audience, so if you write about various things, it’ll do great. is a great choice if you’re a marketer looking to produce marketing copy. While you can produce other types of content, the app’s focus is on producing copy designed for use in ads and commerce. The biggest issue with is it uses a credit limit, meaning you can only generate a certain amount of content per month — or pay more to raise the limit.

Armed with two GPT-3 AI writing apps, ShortlyAI, and a forms-based tool like,, Headlime, or Nichesss… you’ll have all the power you need to create content very quickly — and outperform your competition (unless they saw this guide too, sorry).

Full-stack, if you combine, ShortlyAI, the forms-based tool of your choice, and Grammarly Premium — you’ve got everything you need to produce beautiful, high-quality, perfectly SEO-optimized articles faster than you’ve ever created them before.

Do your keyword research in Frase, write in Shortly, sub in the forms-based tool when you need some specialized content, finish the first draft in Shortly, SEO-optimize in Frase, and then edit in Grammarly before you publish.

It’s a fantastic AI-augmented content creation workflow. Good luck!

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