InstaText: A simple but sophisticated editing tool that made me fall in love with writing again

By Elham P.Mohammadi

I was on the verge of giving up my passion for writing after 12 years. I fell in love with the written word at a young age. But lately, I was getting frustrated that I couldn’t write with the ease and speed of a native speaker.  

I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English translation and have had a successful career in English journalism.

I’ve never lived in an English-speaking country but have had the pleasure of working with and learning from a handful of American and British colleagues in the past.

I’ve always strived to be a better writer, and I’m proud of almost every article I’ve written. But I could never stop imagining what my professional life would be like if English were my native language.

My frustration with myself became so overwhelming that I almost lost my love for writing. I quit my job as an editor for an English-language publication and decided to take a break from writing.

But it seemed that my lifelong passion wasn’t ready to give up on me.

One night, in a moment of both despair and hope, I searched “How to Write Like a Native Speaker”.  

I had done it hundreds of times, but I had never come across an article, course, tool, book, or video that could help me put more of my thoughts into words. At best, I could only put on paper about 70% of the story I’d written in my head.

But this time, on the first page of search results, I saw an ad about InstaText, a tool that promises to help users “write like a native speaker”.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that my heart told me to follow my impulse and click on the ad. I had no idea what I was about to experience.

Before I knew it, I had created an account and pasted a paragraph from one of my earlier articles into the edit box. The result blew me away. I stared at the screen and shed tears of joy.

I felt like a native speaker for the first time in my life.

InstaText had suggested only a few changes, but the suggestions brought the text to a whole new level.

Photo source: InstaText

At first I thought it was a fluke. So I started adding more paragraphs to the edit box. Almost every single suggestion impressed me, and my heart leapt with joy.

The artificial intelligence-based tool I’m talking about here is much more than just a grammar or spell checker. It understands context as well as a human. It reads your thoughts and helps you bring your ideas to life.

I started telling all my friends about it and bought the paid version after my free trial, which I thought was very generous, ended.  

As far as I know, the free version has the same features as the paid version. In the free version, there’s only a cap on the number of words you can edit.

I think this shows the confidence the InstaText team has in their product. I’m sure that almost everyone who realizes the value of this tool will want to buy it after a day of trying it out.

InstaText even inspired me to start my own website, and I decided to dedicate my first post to this magical tool.

I had worked with editing tools before and seen YouTube videos showing AI-powered writing and editing assistants in action, but only InstaText could capture my heart for several reasons.

First of all, it has such a simple, user-friendly interface. There’s literally just one edit box. It doesn’t tell you why you should change your sentence. It just shows you its suggestions and you immediately and intuitively understand why they’re good.

InstaText doesn’t have a multitude of functions, and that’s the beauty of it. It only does what it claims to do, and that’s to help you write like a native speaker. And it does that in the best possible way.

It allows you to adjust dialect and formality, which is really cool, and you can create your own personal dictionary. But that’s about it.

I hope it stays the simple but sophisticated tool it is now.

Photo source: InstaText

The price is very reasonable, considering the benefits you can get from it, and it doesn’t disappoint, whether you’re editing a technical text or a romantic piece of writing.

InstaText says texts are never saved to protect user privacy.  

Another interesting thing is that editing with InstaText feels like sitting in a writing class with a professional native speaker. It not only gives you suggestions for the text at hand but also changes your attitude toward writing for the better.

I can say, for example, that the unedited versions of my articles are much clearer and more concise now, after watching closely how InstaText edits my texts.

The beauty of this tool is also that it doesn’t replace a human editor, although I can say it’s over 95% accurate. It doesn’t rob you of the joy of coming up with ideas and putting them into words. It just helps you write more confidently, easily, and quickly.

Photo source: InstaText

For the first time in my life, I’m able to put about 90% of my thoughts on paper and don’t feel paralyzed by the fear of writer’s block.

I know that relying too much on InstaText or another similar tool does me no favors. Dictionaries, especially the Oxford Collocation Dictionary, will always be my best friends. But I’m all for harnessing the power of technology to get things done more efficiently, enjoyably, and quickly.

InstaText was born in Ljubljana. So I want to thank Slovenia for giving the world such a wonderful editing tool.

I’m forever grateful because this AI tool with a human touch has reignited my passion for writing and given me the superpower I’ve always wanted—to write like a native speaker.

Author bio: Elham P.Mohammadi is a journalist and the founder of ElhamX Media.

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