Writing Style

Teach Byword to write exactly as you would
Byword gives you two different options for customising its writing style:
  • Manual writing styles Give Byword a description of how you'd like it to write, for example 'professional' or 'humorous'
  • Custom writing styles Provide Byword with one to three samples of a writing style you'd like to emulate, and have Byword write in that style

Manual writing styles

By default, all Byword accounts are set to use a manual writing style. If your account is in manual mode, you'll see a box like the below on your Settings page:
By default this will be set to 'Neutral', but you can customise it to suit your liking.
Please note the following when choosing a manual writing style:
  • Your writing style should be an adjective:
    • Good: professional, humorous, academic
    • Bad: you are writing to professionals, make jokes, you are an academic expert
  • Similarly, your writing style should be one word long.
  • Do not attempt to insert anything other than a writing style here. Don't ask for H4s, or for a word count, or anything like that.

Custom writing styles

Custom writing styles are an advanced feature which allow you to emulate a specific writing style in your content.
Heads up!
As an advanced feature, it's highly recommended to read the full documentation below prior to use.
On your settings page, you'll be able to switch to custom writing styles if they're not already enabled.
Click the button 'Switch to custom writing styles'
You'll then see an option to select a custom writing style or, if it's your first time, to create a custom writing style.
Click 'Create custom style'
You'll then be brought to the custom writing style screen, and prompted to select or create your first custom style.
To get started with creating your first custom style, give it a name. This doesn't affect the writing process at all, and is only used to help you identify your styles in case you create multiple.
For the purposes of example, let's say we want to copy the writing style in this blog by Gary Vaynerchuk. We'll give our style a name, and copy-paste the body of that blog into the box below.
You might have noticed there's an option, next to the style name field, to increase the number of samples above 1. You can do this up to 3 samples, if you'd like to provide more content for Byword to learn from.

Should I provide multiple samples?

Byword will essentially average the writing style across all samples provided. This means that if you provide more than 1 sample, Byword will try to incorporate elements of all samples into its style.
This is good when:
  • You don't have a single sample that's long enough for Byword to learn from (Byword likes to have at least 1,000 words in total to learn from).
  • You want to write in a style that's essentially a mid-point across multiple different samples.
More samples aren't necessarily better though. Often, 1 sample is perfectly good, especially when:
  • The 1 sample incorporates everything you want replicated in your writing style.
  • The 1 sample has decent lengthl; i.e. is over 1,000 words long.

Saving your style

Once you're good to go, you can hit Save Custom Style. You'll notice the following appear at the top of your page, as Byword starts to understand your writing style:
This will on average take 60 to 90 seconds
Once Byword has understood your style, it'll be ready to use, and look like the following:
Here you can edit or delete your style, as well as toggle whether it's enabled. If you have multiple styles, you can have at most one style (or none) enabled at any one time.
Whenever you write an article with a custom writing style enabled, your article will be written in a way that mirrors the samples you provided for that style. If you write an article with custom style mode enabled (on your settings page), but no specific styles enabled, then Byword will use a default style.

Limitations & FAQs

It's important to note that using a custom writing style comes with some limitations:
Shorter article lengths
When a custom style is enabled, Byword will automatically opt-in to short-form mode. Article lengths will typically come out just under 1,000 words. If you need a specific article length, or more than 1,000 words per article, do not use custom writing styles.
Non-English languages
When writing in non-English languages, it's highly advised to make sure that the language of your samples matches the language you're writing in. A high degree of caution is advised when producing (for example) Spanish articles using English samples in your custom writing style.
Does this work for glossaries?
Unfortunately not, custom writing styles won't apply to glossary articles.
Unlimited users
Articles with custom writing styles enabled should incur OpenAI costs equivalent to a short-form article, however it's highly advised to test on a smaller number of articles first and to assess costs, before committing to large batches.
You may also notice slightly slower generation times for articles that have a custom writing style enabled.