What Authors Should Know About AI


These artificial intelligence (AI) uses and limits are critical to writing success.

I’ll start with some awful news. AI text generators like OpenAI’s ChatGPT can produce concise, straightforward prose in practically any genre (nonfiction, CNF, fiction, poetry, song lyrics, etc.) faster than you can. It’s a potent weapon that, like it or not, is already altering the writing environment. However, AI has significant limits when it comes to creative writing. Writers can improve the human parts of writing that AI can’t achieve to a greater extent as they become more aware of these constraints.

The most significant writing-related restrictions of AI

The most important thing to keep in mind is that AI is incapable of comprehending human emotions or experiences. It just mimics the patterns it “learns” from other texts to give the impression of meaningful prose. When I asked ChatGPT how it operates, it said, “I process natural language input and generate natural language responses using algorithms and vast amounts of data I was trained on.” The derivative character of AI and the absence of genuine knowledge result in a number of restrictions when it comes to fiction writing.

Here are some limitations:

  1. It’s so literal it hurts. – When given instructions to compose a scene in which “John cracks jokes like Eddie Murphy, whereas Jenny is more contemplative and quotes philosophers,” it will produce something that sounds like this: “John suddenly starts cracking jokes like Eddie Murphy. Jenny is introspective as she talks about the frailty of life and quotes philosophers.
  2. It’s quite predictable and overused – If you ask it to create a love poem, it will produce a master class on how not to create original, memorable, and insightful poetry. If you ask it to create a love poem, it will produce a master class on how not to create original, memorable, and insightful poetry.
  3. The narrative framework is well-known – AI creates simple disputes, settles them fast, and concludes scenes with fabricated hooks. “For now,” was used three times in ChatGPT to conclude a scene. (Example: “John and Jenny were pleased. until now.
  4. No subtext is revealed – In contrast to how real people use language to insinuate, avoid, and deflect, AI frequently writes conversation in which characters express exactly what they are thinking.
  5. All it produces are flat characters – Characters are engaging, complex, surprising, and rounded because of their internal conflicts and desires, which AI cannot comprehend.
  6. It takes a lot of effort to persuade it to adopt a compelling voice or style – AI is only capable of producing clumsy imitations of other writers’ styles. For instance, when requested to edit a chapter in the manner of Cormac McCarthy, it merely altered a few words to “traversed” and “ominous.”
  7. Things stay together less well as a passage gets longer – AI typically excels at brief sections but struggles to create lengthy stories with intricate character arcs and compelling narratives.

Its sentences are generally understandable and grammatically sound, but they lack any depth, nuance, insight, style, emotion, or invention. Consequently, the narrative that AI produces frequently has a lifeless, hollow quality.
With that said, here are some advantages of AI for authors :

  1. Making recommendations about how to make a written passage better – When you feed ChatGPT a paragraph and ask for writing tips, it will spout off common writing guidelines linked to certain lines (show don’t tell, add more sensory elements, use active verbs, alter sentence structure, etc.). We discovered that, although the recommendations may be sound, it is best to put them into practise on one’s own because AI tends to make passages seem duller when it edits them.
  2. Cutting a passage in half – You need to reduce a story’s word count by 1,000. When it comes to summarizing, AI is excellent and will “kill your darlings” with amazing effectiveness. One piece of advice: instruct the programme not to remove conversation (or anything else) if you want to maintain it. Additionally, utilising the “Regenerate response” option a few times can result in improved responses.
  3. Identifying tension discrepancies – AI is quite adept at switching tenses within a sentence and will also detect tensile discrepancies. Additionally, it has the ability to switch points of view inside a passage (for example, from third to first), although it does so without realising that doing so frequently entails more than just pronoun changes.
  4. Formatting discourse and following grammatical rules – Ask it to format a paragraph for you if you don’t enjoy formatting dialogue or commas or if you need grammar assistance if it doesn’t always get them correctly. (although it might suck the voice out of a piece).
  1. Adding research – Let’s say you’re penning a historical novel. AI can quickly suggest ways to incorporate geographic and historical information. But because it’s so accurate, it will convert the section to French if you ask it to situate a passage in a 14th-century French village (touché ChatGPT). We found that asking AI to list objects, vocations, and buildings that would be a part of a certain environment instead of having it add in details led to better outcomes than having AI add in details alone. Note: Since AI is known for lying, it is necessary to confirm the accuracy of any information it offers.
  2. Complex world-building – A vampire space castle room list can be easily created by AI, and since it remembers everything it creates, it is also possible to add to it. (such as adding items and characters to each room). People are only now starting to investigate how AI, especially when combined with AI picture generators, might be a potent world-building tool for fiction and video games.
  1. Breaking free – The paragraph can be fed into an AI text generator to assist you see different options if you encounter a writing obstacle. Although I didn’t like the versions ChatGPT produced, seeing poor draughts inspired me to come up with more effective solutions.

In order to outperform AI

Think about the difference between a superb voice actress reading a passage aloud and a computer reading it. Though the first method may be capable of sufficiently communicating information, it quickly grows tiresome and won’t soon take the place of voice acting. The same is true for creative writers; in my opinion, they are not in danger of being replaced by AI text generators, especially if they concentrate on doing tasks that AI cannot.

  1. Create a distinctive voice and style, to put it another way. Aim to express yourself in the best possible way by speaking what and how only you can.
  2. Think of subtext as a superpower. Consider the background narrative. Use conversation to infer, avoid, confront, and jest with one another instead of having characters say what they’re thinking.
  3. Present readers with something unexpected. AI is always evolving. Avoid clichés and always seek out new methods to express yourself if you want to write phrases that AI can’t.
  4. Develop the viewpoints and thinking of the character. Due to its lack of comprehension of human mind, AI is incredibly bad at this.
  5. Investigate the depth of a character’s psychology. Always work to shed light on human emotions such as desires, anxieties, and conflicts.
  6. Storytelling should be structured to have strong emotional, psychological, and social relevance.

Consider that writing isn’t only about producing a work that spreads knowledge to gain a feel of the significance of those last few items. It involves a procedure of raising queries, looking into options, and coming up with fresh approaches to comprehending and sharing experiences. It’s not enough to merely provide an informational product when writing. It involves a procedure of raising queries, looking into options, and coming up with fresh approaches to comprehending and sharing experiences.

How do I describe this in words? is a common question that guides human writers as they craft their work. AI extracts patterns from texts written by others to operate. Instead of describing the real, it is a simulation of a simulation since it has any personal experiences to draw from. It is a funhouse mirror that has no genuine link to anything. In the long run, if AI writings oversaturate our noosphere, we might become less aware of what it is to be alive rather than more aware. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. AI writing becomes old very quickly. We now have a critical chance to embrace, emphasize, and encourage the beautiful qualities of human writing as a result of the development of AI text generation.

Hi, I’m Garima and I write about life experiences. I have several books available on Amazon. Check them out today! Any purchases or KDP reads will be greatly appreciated. If you like my books, do leave a review. Here’s my author page on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0BQDZXYNV


4 Comments Add yours

  1. sicetnon3 says:

    So we all become editors! Practice your strike-throughs and highlights!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Yes that’s a life’s work

      Liked by 1 person

      1. sicetnon3 says:

        Especially the highlights!

        Liked by 1 person

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