Paraphrasing and more with Quill Bot

I’ve never been particularly good at writing. I’ll never produce a classic American novel or a lengthy essay filled with complex language. I should mention that I never received A’s in college composition or grammar. If my memory is correct, I received a solid C in the first half of Freshman English and a solid B in the second part (which was delayed until I was a senior). I didn’t care about the grade as long as I passed; I just wanted to finish it.

These emotions are largely a result of my dyslexia. It has been difficult to transfer my thoughts from my head to the paper. I have an idea of what I want to say, but I’ve never been able to put it all together. The irony that I write about marketing on my blog and spent a large portion of my career as a social media manager producing posts is not lost on me, though.

All of this is to say that my previous experiences have led me to the topic of this writing. When I was on Twitter, I came across one of those discussions listing the top free services. Those are typically pointless posts. One tool on this one, though, made it worthwhile to look at. The free program is known as Quill App. For anyone who struggle with writing, the software is brilliant. It will paraphrase the original text for you after you paste it in. Even yet, I discovered a purpose for it that made me quite pleased. That alone is worth the admission price!

Instead of entering text from a website, I entered my own writing and then sat back and watched the paraphrasing magic happen. It turned my dull post into something vibrant and entertaining. Damn, I can write, I thought after reading. It’s a game-changer for me, even if I don’t know if the creators of this program meant for this to occur.

Let me say that the fundamental “paraphrasing” is free before I go any farther. Standard and Fluency are the two free modifications. Although you must pay a premium for numerous alterations, you can modify the usage of synonyms for both of these; nevertheless, the more synonyms you use, the less accurate the paraphrasing gets. The basic adjustment, in my experience, works very well. When your paraphrase is complete, you can see the words that have changed, the largest group of terms that remained unchanged, and the grammar and sentence structures that have altered.

I also enjoy that the paraphrased text may be edited. You can modify a sentence back if a word is altered and the sense is lost. You are therefore not required to agree to every change it suggests. I would strongly advise reading the quotation, making a few minor modifications, and not just copying and pasting it verbatim into a document.

The extra paraphrase options of “Formal, Simple, Creative, Expand, and shorten” are available if you purchase the premium service. If you write a lot, this can be the ideal tool for you! But I’ve discovered that the free tool meets my needs extremely well.

I wrote this post and put it via Quill Bot, that’s a little secret. The original post is below in its entirety. Which do you believe has a better sound?

PS – I discovered that the free version limits your paraphrasing to 125 words.


Writing has never been a strong trait I have possessed. I will never write a great American novel or an essay with lots of prose and colorful words. I should note I never got A’s in college grammar and composition. If memory serves me correctly the first part of Freshman English, I got a solid C in it, and in the second part (which was put off until I was a senior), I got a solid B. As long as I passed, the grade wasn’t an issue to me; it was getting it out of the way.

Much of these feelings have been due to my dyslexia. Getting what is in my head onto the page has been a chore. I know what I want to say but piecing it together never seemed to work. However, I’m not lost on the irony that I have a blog about marketing and have worked much of my career as a social media manager writing posts.

All this to say, those previous experiences bring me to this post’s point. I was on Twitter and saw one of those Twitter threads on the best free services. Most of the time, those are just junk posts. However, this one had one tool that made it worth the look. The free tool is called Quill App. The app is a genius for those who can’t write well. You paste in the text, and it will paraphrase the original text for you. That alone is worth the price of admission; however, I found a use that made me so happy!

Instead of putting in text from a site, I put in my writing and let the paraphrasing magic do its thing. It changed my boring post and transformed it into something colorful and fun. After reading, I thought, “Damn, I can write.” I don’t know if the inventors of this service intended for this to happen, but it’s a game-changer for me!

Before I get too far along, let me say the basic “paraphrasing” is free. The two free mods are Standard and Fluency. For both of these, you can adjust the use of synonyms to some degree (you have to pay a premium for many adjustments), but the more you add synonyms, the less accurate the paraphrasing becomes. I have found the basic adjustment does a pretty good job. When your paraphrase is done, you see what words have changed, the most extended set of unchanged words, and structural changes to the grammar and sentences.

One other thing I like is you can edit the paraphrased text. If a word is changed and a sentence loses its meaning, you can change it back. Therefore, you don’t have to accept every change it recommends. I would highly recommend reading the paraphrase, making simple edits, and not just copying and pasting into a document unedited.

If you pay for the premium service, you get the additional paraphrasing options of “Formal, Simple, Creative, Expand, and shorten.” If you do a lot of writing, this may be a perfect tool for you! However, I have found the free tool works very well for my needs.

One little secret is I have written this post and ran it through Quill Bot. The text below is the original post. Which do you think sounds better?

PS – One thing I found out is the free version gives you 125 word limit to paraphrasing.

Tim is the founder of Element33. A social media agency specializing in education, management and strategy for small businesses. He comes from a traditional marketing agency but has embraced all things digital. He considers himself a marketing nerd and believes that all marketing is tied together. This means no matter what silo you are in, social, email, seach, etc, changes in one will affect the other!

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