Should An Author Use AI?

Should An Author Use AI?

Have you heard about Chat GPT or Jasper (formerly Jarvis)? They are just two of the new AI writers that are taking the world by storm. Using AI in writing novels is a relatively new concept, and there is an ongoing debate about whether authors should use AI to write their novels. Many authors are afraid that AI will replace them. In this post, I will outline the pros and cons of using AI.

What Is AI?

AI (artificial intelligence) like ChatGPT and Jasper are trained on a vast amount of written text, which includes many novels. This means that they can generate coherent and grammatically correct sentences that can create engaging and compelling stories.

An Experiment

My writing group was experimenting with Chat GPT and gave it the following writing prompt: Write A 500 Word Story Based on Robots And Baseball

Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant future, robots had become a common sight in everyday life. They were used for everything from cleaning and cooking to construction and transportation. But one day, a group of engineers had an idea: why not use robots for sports?

The first sport they decided to tackle was baseball. They created a team of robots, each with its own unique abilities and strengths. Some were built for speed and agility, while others had powerful arms for throwing and hitting. They were programmed to learn and adapt, just like human players.

The robot baseball team, named the “Robo-Aces,” quickly gained popularity. They were faster and more precise than any human team, and their games were filled with incredible plays and highlights. The Robo-Aces were unstoppable, and soon they were playing in the championship game.

The crowd was filled with excitement as the Robo-Aces took the field. They were facing off against the human team, the “Mighty Bats,” who were the defending champions. The Mighty Bats had a reputation for being tough and skilled, but they were no match for the Robo-Aces.

The game was intense, with both teams giving it their all. The Robo-Aces’ speed and precision allowed them to make incredible plays, while the Mighty Bats relied on their experience and instincts. But in the end, it was the Robo-Aces who emerged victorious.

After the game, the Robo-Aces’ engineer and creator was interviewed, he said “We are really proud of our team and the hard work they put in. They have exceeded our expectations, and it is exciting to see what they will be able to accomplish in the future.”

The Robo-Aces’ success sparked a revolution in sports. Other teams and leagues began to create their own robot teams, and soon there were robot teams for every sport. But the Robo-Aces will always be remembered as the pioneers of the robot sports era, and the team that changed the game forever.

As the years went by, the Robo-Aces continued to dominate the baseball league, winning championship after championship. Their robotic players were constantly updated with the latest technology, making them faster, stronger and more intelligent. But despite their success, some fans missed the human element of the game and the emotions that came with it. The Robo-Aces’ engineer was aware of this and created a new team of human-robot players, where the best of both worlds were combined.

The “Robo-Humans” quickly gained popularity among the fans and players, they brought back the excitement of human emotions and the thrill of watching a great game. The Robo-Humans also had the advantage of being able to learn and adapt just like the Robo-Aces, but with the added bonus of being able to experience the game in a unique way. They were unstoppable and soon they were playing in the championship game against their predecessor, the Robo-Aces.

It was a historic game, the final showdown between the first and second generation of robots in sports. Both teams played their best, but in the end, the Robo-Humans emerged victorious. The crowd erupted in cheers as the Robo-Humans lifted the championship trophy, and the engineers and creators of both teams were interviewed. They both agreed that this was the future of sports and that it was an exciting time to be a part of it.

From that day on, robots and baseball will be forever intertwined, and the Robo-Aces and Robo-Humans will be remembered as the teams that revolutionized the game and brought a new level of excitement to the fans.

Not bad for a robot. It even over-delivered with 602 words. Although there are a lot of instances of passive writing in this story.

    Pros of AI Writers

    Here are some potential pros to consider:.

    Efficiency: AI can help authors to write more quickly and efficiently, which can be helpful for authors who are under tight deadlines or who struggle with writer’s block.

    Inspiration: AI can generate ideas and plot lines that authors may not have considered on their own, which can help to spark creativity and inspiration.

    Diversity: AI can help authors to write from different perspectives and in different styles, which can help to broaden the range of voices in literature.

    Research: Non-fiction writing often requires a lot of research, and AI can assist in this process. Just remember to double check the facts.

    Cons of AI Writers

    Here are some potential cons to consider:

    Authenticity: There is concern that AI-generated text may lack the authenticity and emotional depth that comes from a human writer’s personal experiences and perspective.

    Quality: The quality of the writing generated by AI can be inconsistent and may require significant editing and revision to meet the standards of traditional publishing.

    Originality: There is concern that AI-generated text may be too formulaic and lack the unique voice and style that is the hallmark of great literature.

    Copyright: Who actually owns the copyright to AI generated text? Nobody seems to know the answer to this question.

    Personal Choices

    Ultimately, whether authors should use AI to write their novels is a personal choice. Some authors may find that AI can be a helpful tool for generating ideas and streamlining the writing process, while others may prefer to rely solely on their own creativity and experience.

    As with any technology, it’s important to use AI thoughtfully and responsibly to ensure that the resulting work meets the author’s artistic and ethical standards. It’s important to use AI-generated text with caution and to ensure that the resulting text is accurate and appropriate for the intended purpose.

    Final Thoughts

    AI is a tool that can help writers, just like the computer, Microsoft office, Scrivener, and other technologies that have helped. But it is no substitute for authentic writing and the human touch. Have you tried AI? Let me know in the comments.

     

    Until next time
    Frankie

    Feature photo by Lukas from Pixabay.

    The Positive Side of Procrastination

    The Positive Side of Procrastination

    Are all writers procrastinators? There are so many novelists who talk about the wasted time spent on social media or other things instead of writing. They will do everything in the world first (see what’s new on Netflix, scroll social media, or check emails) before sitting down to write. Why is that? The truth is… for most authors, writing is hard work. 

    On movies and television, you see writers who type thousands of words with little to no effort in a short time. For some writers, this might be true, but for most of us, it isn’t. Every word is an effort. We struggle with plots, characters, dialogue, world-building and research. It is no wonder that we procrastinate.

    Admitting You Have a Problem

    As you have already guessed, I have a problem. I am battling with procrastination. The sequel to Hollow Edge is taking longer than I thought to write. When I open up scrivener ready to get some work done, I get distracted by other things.

    The good news is that I am not ashamed or too afraid to admit it, and neither should you be. I bet you’re saying to yourself right now, “I don’t have a problem.” Well, I am here to tell you that if you have this problem, there is hope for you.

    The first step towards recovery is being able to admit your problem. I will go first ‘Hi, my name is Frankie and I am a procrastinator.’ That wasn’t so bad. So, are you ready to admit that you should be doing something else right now besides reading this? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us; all the time.

    Procrastinators Anonymous for Writers

    Maybe I should start a Procrastination Anonymous for Writers (PAW) group. It would be very popular. The thought sounds good, but I’m not too sure about how great of an idea it would be to start one.

    Reasons it would fail
    1. Members may keep postponing the meetings for no clear reason.
    2. There would not be enough room to hold almost every single writer in the world.

    We all procrastinate. As a matter of fact, we are all experts at it and lucky for us; it isn’t as bad as they make it out to be.

    Undivided Attention

    It may sound crazy, but I believe that the rest of the world also loves it when I procrastinate. Suddenly, everyone seems to get my undivided attention. My dog gets walked for a few extra minutes, my cat gets more attention, housework gets done, and emails get opened.

    The even crazier thing about this is I only procrastinate like this with writing. I don’t know why I do it, but it always happens. Maybe I think I need the perfect conditions to write. A rainy day, a fully charged laptop battery, and a quiet house with no distractions. Don’t forget about being in the mood to write. That’s a big one.

    Created in Canva.

    Benefits of Procrastination

    Here are two benefits to procrastinating:

    1. Time to Think

    As a writer, procrastination gives me the time to think about my book while I’m doing something else instead of writing it. What better way is there to make use of all that time other than using it to contemplate new ideas, fine-tune details, and get everything just perfect before I sit down to write?

    Some of my best ideas come when I am in the shower or out taking a walk. (I usually have my phone with me to take notes or I yell at Siri when I am in the shower.)

    I know one thing; it may have taken me 20 hours to write something that I could have written in less than an hour, but who is to say that I would have come up with the same ideas that fast without letting the story marinate?

    2. Avoid Frustration

    If you think about it, procrastinating can be useful and necessary because it allows writers to let go. Sometimes when you hold on to an idea too tight or try to force creativity, it disappears completely, leaving you frustrated.

    But when you just let it go, it comes to you naturally. It’s no different from trying to remember that name on the tip of your tongue. When you wrack your brain trying to remember it, it never comes; but the second you stop trying and just let it go, the name pops into your thoughts as if you weren’t even trying to remember it in the first place? Some things are just unexplainable or strange.

    I am not making excuses for my procrastination; instead, just learning to appreciate and accept it.

    Famous Writers That Procrastinate

    I became curious and did some research and found out that most writers procrastinate. That is when I chalked up my procrastinating tendencies as a trait that all writers and creative people are born with. Here is a list of many well-known writers considered to be some of the biggest procrastinators.

    • J. K. Rowling
    • Margaret Atwood
    • Victor Hugo
    • Henry Melville
    • Franz Kafka

    Now I don’t feel so bad.

    Final Thoughts

    So now that I have admitted my problem, which has turned out to be not much of a problem at all, can you admit to being a procrastinator and accept the rewards and benefits that come with resourcefully killing time? Let me know in the comments.

     

    Until next time
    Frankie

    Feature photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

    Do You Judge a Book by Its Cover?

    Do You Judge a Book by Its Cover?

    How important is a book cover for selling a book? Do you buy a book because of its cover, the author’s name, or the blurb on the back of the book?

    Why are Book Covers so Important?

    The answer is that if your cover is not attractive; it doesn’t matter how good your writing is, people won’t buy it. That is especially true for independent authors. How many times have you heard the old phrase don’t judge a book by its cover, but the reality is that we all do.

    Distributors, dealers, bookstores and finally the readers judged your book by its cover. Traditional authors may sell a book by using their name, but most independent authors don’t have that luxury. You could have the best blurb ever on the back of your book, but no one will read it if the cover is ugly.

    Creating a Design

    With so many people publishing on Amazon KDP, it is important to create an original design that blends with the subject of the book. For example, if you are writing a book about stress relief, you wouldn’t want a cover that is too busy or colourful.

    You also need to consider your genre and what kinds of covers appeal to your audience. Every genre has its own requirements.

    What Should a Book Cover Include?

    Every book cover also needs these things:
    1. Striking Imagery
    2. Title
    3. Subtitle
    4. Author Name

    Most well-known authors have their name bigger than the title, while most independent authors have the title bigger than their name.

    Where Can You Get Good Book Covers

    If you are not a graphic designer, there are many many places where you can get a book cover.

    • Amazon KDP (free cover generator)
    • Poster My Wall (free cover generator)
    • Canva (free and paid cover generator)
    • My eCover Maker (paid cover generator)
    • Book Brush (paid cover generator)
    • Adobe Spark (free and paid cover generator)

    You can also hire a designer on marketplaces such as Upwork or Fiverr. Just make sure to get commercial rights.

    Researching Your Genre

    Before I published my book, I researched a lot of the best-selling Dystopian book covers. Here is a list of books I researched. The bolded ones have been turned into either books or movies.

    • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    • Divergent by Veronica Roth
    • The 100 by Kass Morgan
    • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    • Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
    • Influence by David R Bernstein
    • Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
    • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    • Hush by Dylan Farrow
    • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
    • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • Skyhunter by Marie Lu
    • The Power by Naomi Alderman
    Dystopian Book Covers

    Which books draw your interest? The colours in Skyhunter and Beautiful Creatures really draw the eye as well as the big symbols in Divergent, Darkest Minds and Hunger Games. There is also something about Shatter Me that pulls me to it.

    The 5th Wave, The Maze Runner and Article 5 show a world that differs from our own but is still similar. The cover of Mortal Engines makes me wonder why her face is covered. What is she hiding?

    The word hush really draws your eye framed between the white. It looks like frost scrapped on a windshield, revealing a world behind it. I admit I got my idea for the ice on Hollow Edge from this image.

    Early Versions of Hollow Edge

    Before I decided on the final cover for Hollow Edge, it went through a bunch of revisions. My writing group was so helpful with critiquing and giving me expert advice.

    I made these covers myself in Canva when the title was originally Underground. They show my design skills off perfectly (I have none).

    Dystopian Book Covers

    These slides show the progression of the mockups from the designer. You can see why you need to have your covers professionally designed.

    You can see that the final version incorporates some elements from the various book covers. I loved the graffiti on the tunnel walls and a member of my writing group suggested adding the portal to the tunnel.

    Final Thoughts

    You can see now why having an excellent cover is the one of the most important things in book marketing. How do you choose your books? Let me know in the comments.

     

    Until next time

    Frankie

     

    Feature image by Michael Gaida from Pixabay.