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Subject Line: Roundup #3: Non-obvious prompting advice

Hey! It’s Stew with Type, the AI-first document editor.

In this month's roundup email, I wanted to share some prompting advice that may help you get much better writing support from most language models.

This email also contains a comparison of the Claude and GPT families of models and some news from Type HQ.

Let’s get into it!

Non-obvious prompting advice for writers

Language models are like smart interns – bright, but in need of adult supervision. I've learned this the hard way, starting back in 2020 when I first started using the earliest GPT-3 model.

Since then, I've discovered a few prompting techniques that reliably help most AI models write and think better. You can read my full learnings here, but these are the key bits of advice:

  • Use words like "insightful", "surprising," "interesting," or "useful" in your prompts.
  • Have the AI to ask you questions.
  • Say who your audience is and what they care about.
  • State the obvious, clearly and often.
  • Include examples of what "good" looks like.

If you want more detail on each, check out the full post here.

Claude vs. GPT: Which AI is best for different writing needs?

When using AI to write, you've got two popular families of models that you can work with: Claude and GPT. But which one should you use, and when?

We just published a detailed comparison of how Claude and GPT's power and speed models perform at various writing tasks. This short guide covers the relative strengths and weaknesses of each as it pertains to writing.

Here's the summary:

  • Claude shines for creative writing where style matters most. Its models are more expressive.
  • GPT excels at logical, factual writing. Its models are great at reasoning tasks.

You can read the full comparison here.

Type raises $2.8M to build a new kind of document editor

Some news! We just raised a $2.8M seed round at Type. We'll be using this new funding to accelerate our mission to help every person and team express brilliant ideas.

This milestone wouldn't have been possible without the enthusiastic feedback and support from this community, so thank you. You should notice some major improvements in the product over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned.

That's all for this week - thanks for reading!


Stew Fortier
Co-Founder & CEO

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