Inspiration when you need it
With a writer-focused swipe file
become a better writer
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Reduce your creativity bottlenecks
Get the right phrase without leaving an editor
Develop your swipe file with ease
how it works
your swipe file at your fingertips
your swipe file redefined
Stop context-switching to browse your swipe file. Chrome extension brings inspiration to any web-based text editor
Instant search & paste
Get relevant results in the blink of an eye. Use the full-text search and tags to find a fitting phrase
Collect & categorize
Organize your swipe file around searchability. Define phrases with tags, categories, authors, and custom notes
Store your phrases in a regular spreadsheet on your Google Drive account. No trackers, no analytics, no access to other files on GDrive
Import/Export with ease
Add, delete, or modify your data using the well-known Google Spreadsheet interface. Back up as an XLS/CSV file anytime
When we started off Voucherify, our team was just a bunch of software developers. That's not really enough, to be honest; to get the product to the market, you have to market it. To market, you need to write. Easy! So, off we went, opened the editors and... got stacked. Our content was nothing like the best-in-class copies out there. How could we go about improving it we asked ourselves?
If you're a developer and you're stacked, you can go to Stack Overflow. You find a similar problem, copy&paste the answer to your editor, shuffle a bit, and bam, the problem is fixed, and you can carry on with your task.
We started wondering how to apply this to writing? There's no central place for the right writing solutions, but there is an ocean of great books and articles in the world. What you need to do is collect and organize the best phrases you've found, in other words to build your own Stack Overflow for creative writing. And this is how the concept of a swipe file was born in our team!
Later on, we learned that the swipe file is already a thing and that it's quite popular. As we used it (a plain old text file), the browsing and searching became a pain. Fortunately, a pain that can be automated, and that's how the Conrad came to life.
Lastly, as we aren't English natives, we've been using Conrad to develop our language skills. Hopefully, someday we'll get it up to Joseph Conrad's level (see FAQ).
getting started in 2 minutes
what's a swipe file
Henneke from EnchantingMarketing explains that "a swipe file is a collection of writing examples. These examples can be anything from headlines to blog post openings, and from sales emails to landing pages. Pro writers use swipe files to inspire their content and improve their skills". Read more on her blog
Named after Joseph Conrad, a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of what he saw as an impassive, inscrutable universe.
is this free
Yes, it's free for everyone
how can I give feedback
We want to improve the tool according to your needs. But as we don't use any user tracking, please, please, please let us know your feedback on Product Hunt. Alternatively, you can drop us a line at email@example.com
where is my swipe stored
Look for Conrad Swipe File in the main folder of your Google Drive account
Conrad is free forever!