Long-form Assistant 101

Follow this guide to become a Long-Form Assistant expert. You must have the Pro plan or Boss Mode plan to access the long-form assistant. The guide below is just a written iteration of exactly what Dave walks through in the video below.

IN THIS GUIDE

Setting up the Document Settings

Understanding Jarvis

What Jarvis Sees

Generating Content

Shortcodes

Using Modifiers

Updating the Settings as You Go

Power Mode

SEO Mode

More Training

Setting Up the Document Settings

First, open up the long-form assistant. You can find this in your dashboard or click content and create a new long-form assistant document. Begin by filling out the prompted flow. This is your information center for your document. 

1. Describe the content you want to create

  1. Tell Jarvis the kind of content you want to write.
    • "Write a blog post about..."
    • "Write a short story about..."
    • "Write a marketing email for my email list promoting product X."
    • "Write a youtube video script about..."
    • "Write a birthday card..."
  2. You can add-in tone of voice.
    • "The tone of voice for this post should be witty."
  3. Write some additional details that you want Jarvis to include or to know.
    • You have to be willing to tweak it as you go along. You will be able to update it as you go. Document descriptions are more of an art than a science. Not every document description will have the same formula for optimal outputs.
  4. You can add-in keywords.
    • We only allow 3 keywords because if you end up typing in more, Jarvis gets a little lost on which words to add-in. You will also be able to change these as you go.

2. Title

With the title, you have two options:

  1. You can use your own title by just writing it in
  2. You can generate ideas — select ✔️use this one when you've found the one you like.

Important note: all content generated will be saved in your AI output folder just in case you want to go back and look at some later.

3. Intro Paragraph

Jarvis takes the title, description, and keywords you've already written in to generate an intro paragraph. You also have two options here:

  1. You can type in your own intro paragraph
  2. You can generate ideas — select ✔️use this one when you've found the one you like.

Important note: all content generated will be saved in your AI output folder just in case you want to go back and look at some later.

You can always go back and retroactively change your document description as you go. We actually recommend doing this. It helps Jarvis continue to write relevant content. See below.

Understanding Jarvis

  1. Jarvis does think. He is amazing at producing human-quality content and can write beautifully for you. But also, he is not a human, so he will make some mistakes and even do some odd things.
  2. Jarvis was trained until October 2019 — which is not super recent, and we are working on how to continue to have him learn about more current events. He won't always know up-to-date things. If your content relies on more up-to-date history, you'll need to "feed" that to Jarvis in your document description.
  3. Jarvis has "read" about 10% of the internet. So if your content has been widely discussed, he will most likely know that content really well. If you have a specific niche or even a new company, you'll want to err on the side of informing Jarvis about your product/company instead of relying on his previous knowledge. He reads content best when it is written and clear. Try to let Jarvis be the one to flourish your writing for you. Be as straightforward as possible.
  4. He tries to predict the next best word to write. Jarvis decides what to write one word at a time. He is not taking big chunks of other content on the internet, so the chance of plagiarism is very low. It looks back at the intent of what you've written so far and tries to output the next best word based on the intent gathered so far.
  5. It is really great at writing creatively, but it is not always factual. It is your job to be fact-checking and steer him towards the truth. We are working on ways to improve the facts, but one of the tradeoffs of Jarvis writing creatively is that he is not built to write factually. Therefore, if you would like to include facts — make sure they are in your document description.

For even more information on how to speak to Jarvis, refer to this guide here.

What Jarvis Sees

He reads the title, document description, keywords, and the most recent 600 characters to create your next output.

Remember, characters are different than words, so he is only reading 600 characters. If you want to pivot what he is writing about, make sure you either type in something for Jarvis before hitting compose again or change your document description, title, and/or keywords.

Generating Content

In the long-form assistant, you will see the compose button available for you. The compose button is not available in the blank document flow, so if you do not see this button, make sure you are in the long-form assistant flow.

After you hit the compose button, you will see a grayed out make some edits (0%) where the compose button just was. This is your prompt to give Jarvis some edits or write in a few words to guide him to your next output. Jarvis is your writing assistant. You are still the captain of your content, so he needs your help to steer him in the direction you want him to go. As you feed Jarvis or edit existing content, you will see this percentage increase until the compose button reappears.

You can choose the output length between short, medium, and long outputs. We've seen that the medium output gives the most consistent outputs right now. Long outputs can sometimes come out with some outputs that seem a little off. If that's the case for you, go ahead and toggle down your output length or change up your document description.

It is also important to note that wherever your cursor is, is where Jarvis will read. So if you want to generate content in the middle of an article, you can do that. He will just read 600 characters above where your cursor is, and he will not read anything below.

Shortcodes

*** : Place 3 asterisks in your content to prevent Jarvis from seeing above that point. This helps prevent Jarvis from generating duplicate outputs. He will still read your title, document description, and your keywords. He will not read the previous 600 characters. This is the best way to refocus Jarvis. You can place as many as you would like throughout your content.

##: Place two hash symbols in front of headers to encourage Jarvis to write a paragraph underneath. It tells Jarvis that it is a header.

See more info on shortcodes here.

Using Modifiers

Whenever you highlight, you'll see styling options, and you will see 3 modifiers. When modifiers are used, they will not automatically save to your AI outputs folder. So if you like something you see, go ahead and copy it and paste it into your document for later use — if you wish to go back to it. 

Rephrase: This is a built-in content improver inside the long-form assistant. This will change up the sentence structure and words to write your sentence differently. This comes in handy when you want to rewrite a previous blog post you've already written or want to generate more ideas.

Fix grammar: If you do not use Grammarly or a tool like that, you can use our built-in grammatical checker.

Please explain it to a 5th grader: This is our newest modifier. We've seen that blog posts rank higher when it is easy to read. So if you tend to write at a higher grade level, highlight and rewrite your sentences with this feature.

Updating the Settings as You Go

Update the doc settings to refocus Jarvis on your document as you go. This is especially important if you are running into repeating content. Jarvis does not want to repeat content, and he needs your help to give him something new and fresh in your document description when he continues to get tripped up on the repetitive content. 

Power Mode

Power mode puts all our templates side by side with the long-form assistant. You can easily copy and paste content directly into your document within power mode. 

SEO Mode

Writing articles to rank on google, we highly recommend Surfer SEO integration. This integration will also allow you to optimize your writing for specific keywords you want to include. Please read the full guide on how to turn it on here.

Surfer SEO is a great tool to help inform you on best enhancing your writing for SEO purposes. It will tell you what your headings should include, what keywords to include, how many words you should be writing, how many paragraphs you will see your content score increase. You want to be usually over 70. For more information on Surfer SEO, we recommend checking out their help center.

More Training

Remember, Jarvis is your writing assistant. Learning how to use him best is an art, not a science. You will want to be patient as you learn the platform. Writing with Jarvis does take some work. You won't be able to generate a blog post with a single click. He is very capable of writing great content for any use case you might have. You need to overcome the small learning curve. If you have any questions as you go, reach out to us and ask us! We'd love to help. Reach out to us at [email protected]

This is only our beginning. We will continue to make changes and improve Jarvis as we continue to grow! Thanks for being a part of our journey.