The technology for story is always changing.   Humans went from telling stories around a campfire, to writing stories by hand to the printing press and computer. In December story technology took another leap with the introduction of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) writing tool.

The Future is Now

Now before you rail against the rise of machines destroying artistic creativity, you are actually already using AI when you write. If you work in Word, the predictive text function as well as the grammar and spelling checks are all run by AI. The two most popular grammar and punctuation tools,  Grammarly  and  Pro Writing Aid , are also run by AI.

Writing just took a giant leap forward. ChatGPT is a revolutionary new writing tool that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to exponentially increase your writing output and creativity. Whether you write marketing copy, blog posts, screenplays, nonfiction or fiction, this tool makes it easier to produce high-quality content quickly and efficiently.

How to use ChatGPT

I became a techno-optimist (coined by Joanna Penn) after I played around with ChatGPT. If you haven’t done it yet, I encourage you  to try it . It’s remarkable! It looks like the texting app on your phone. There is a box where you input what is called a prompt, which is the instruction for ChatGPT to write your content.

One of the most exciting features of ChatGPT is its ability to generate unique stories and plots in response to a simple prompt. For example, you can tell it to write a story about a monster and it will instantly generate a compelling narrative. You can ask it to tell the monster story in the style of a fairy tale or a slasher film. Or, you can ask it to turn the monster story into a movie structure, complete with character development, plot twists and a satisfying ending.

Another great feature is the ability to use ChatGPT as a brainstorming partner. You can input a rough idea or concept and ask it to generate a story or plot, and use it as a jumping off point for your own writing. It’s like having another writer in the room to bounce ideas off of.

One more useful trick is using ChatGPT to rewrite and improve your content. You can paste something that you have written into the chat box and ask ChatGPT to rewrite it with specific instructions. For example, you can put your book blurb in the chat box with the prompt “make this more suspenseful.”

Some writers are sounding the alarm saying that AI is going to replace us. Personally, I don’t think a computer will ever be able to replace human creativity and ingenuity. AI in general and ChatGPT in specific need human input to produce its content. The tool is designed to augment human creativity, not replace it. It needs our input to function, and it’s up to the human writer to use their own creativity and imagination to take the generated content to the next level.

As a techno-optimist, I believe that ChatGPT is a game-changer for writers. It’s free to use currently, but there will be a charge for it later. Try it out for yourself and see how it can revolutionize your writing process. This is the future of writing. Embrace it and see how it can improve your work, allowing you to focus on the truly important things: your own creativity and unique voice.

Try it out and let me know what you think! Here’s an article about  20 fun ways to use ChatGPT  to get you started.


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