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Posted: December 2, 2022
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👋 Hi! I’m Tom, and this is the Best Writing Newsletter (Issue #19). I share great reads, tools, jobs, tips, and friendly encouragement to do your best writing. Sent every week.

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Tomas Laurinavicius

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Interesting times ahead.

“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” – Steven Pressfield

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OpenAI, the company behind GPT-3, the leading language processing AI (artificial intelligence) model, just released a free research preview of ChatGPT.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of this and it sounds too technical, don’t worry; I’m also new to this.

As I understand it, it’s a smarter version of Google. You ask a specific question and get a particular answer.

💬 I asked ChatGPT, “Please explain what ChatGPT is and what I can do with it?”

Here’s what I’ve got:

ChatGPT is a large language model trained by OpenAI. It is designed to assist with natural language understanding tasks, such as generating human-like text based on a given prompt.

You can use ChatGPT to generate human-like responses to questions, complete sentences or phrases, or create entire conversations based on a given topic or idea.

For example, you could use ChatGPT to generate responses to customer inquiries, create chatbot conversations, or even generate creative writing prompts.

It’s looking highly promising, especially given the ability to remember what the user said earlier and allow follow-up corrections.


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Writing Tip of the Week

☑️ Follow this copywriting checklist. This week’s tip (which is not really a tip but a helpful checklist) comes from John Harrison.

Follow his battle-tested copywriting advice and study his 52-point copywriting checklist for a copy that converts. 💸


Best Writing Examples

Discover sharp copy, inspiring quotes, and powerful messaging from the best apps, websites, magazines, and books.

Here’s how to avoid “toxic positivity” with a useful do & don’t chart. Source: GMA Public Affairs.

Paul Graham explains what a good writer is and how to become one.

SwipeWell created a handy library with the best marketing examples, including vintage ads, landing pages, emails, pop-ups, and more.


Best Reads

Favorite stories from Writer News.

📚 The Need to Read. Paul Graham argues that you don't have to be good at extracting words from the page so much as extracting meaning from the words.

🤩 Popular Blog Posts. Liz Huang, Webflow’s Blog Managing Editor, shares a comprehensive guide to writing a compelling and high-quality blog post.

All you need to do to write a great blog post is find your readers, capture their interest, and provide them with all the information they might need in an informative and entertaining manner.

🕵️‍♀️ Advanced Content Marketing Principles. Erica Schneider goes beyond content writing basics and covers the content marketing principles behind articles with a high average time on page and driving conversions.

✍️ Writer News is a new place for writers to share their work, get feedback, and discuss writing. Invite-only. Join the waitlist here.


Cool Tools

Interesting apps and software for curious writers.

Waldo. This app promises to help you search the web 2x faster using the best sources on the web.

Fluently. Write fluently in any language using this online distraction-free editor with a multilingual translator, grammar checker, and synonyms library built-in.

Alfie. Alfred Lua, formerly Buffer and Referral Candy, now building Dashibase, just launched an AI-powered instant feedback tool.

Moonbeam. AI tool to give you everything you need to write killer long-form content.


Food for Thought

“A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves.” – Yahia Lababidi

“Work is what you do to find out what works.” – Jack Butcher

“Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.” – Ben Okri

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” – Rumi

“When copies are free, you need to sell things that cannot be copied. Well, what can’t be copied? Trust, for instance.” – Kevin Kelly


Did You Know?

1️⃣3️⃣ The famed horror writer Stephen King has what is known as triskaidekaphobia, which is the irrational fear of the number thirteen.

He’s so terrified of it that he wouldn’t pause reading or writing if he’s on page thirteen or it’s multiples until he reaches a number deemed safe for him.


Best Writing Jobs

Find your next writing job, freelance gig, or side hustle.

  1. Full-Time Creative Writer for Word Game at Fanatee (Remote)
  2. Full-Time Copywriter at Khoros (Remote, US)
  3. Freelance Editorial Writer at Beautylish (Remote, US)
  4. Full-Time Content Writer at Snaptrude (Remote, India)
  5. Full-Time Content Writer at Float (Remote)

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Until next week,

Tomas Laurinavicius

Co-founder, Best Writing (formerly Content Writing Jobs)

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