Having Fun with ChatGPT's Fiction
Last Update: Mar 30, 2023
Having Fun with ChatGPT's Fiction
Amazon Kindle Publishing
Before even talking about fiction, let me take a minute to tell you about something that happened in the past when Kindle publishing was a ‘new thing’.
Countless marketers started using shoddy PLR content to whip up wretched, low-quality books – and started posting these books on the Kindle marketplace. Next thing you know, Amazon wised up to what they were doing and disallowed PLR from being used in Kindle books.
As with anything amateur marketers touch, they’ll probably ruin this too. It’s just a matter of time before they start creating half-assed books with ChatGPT content and flooding the Kindle space again.
I’m sure there are courses out there by dodgy marketers showing clueless newbies how to do this.
Once again, history will most probably repeat itself and Amazon will find a way to detect AI content. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Now let’s talk about fiction…
You don’t need a PhD to tell you that being a master fiction writer takes years of practice. ChatGPT is not going to turn you into a Tom Clancy or Neil Gaiman overnight.
Only years of practice and study can get you there. But you can...
Use ChatGPT to Generate Plot Outlines
What ChatGPT can do is generate plot outlines for you. In the past, people would buy “premade plot outlines” and flesh those out into novels.
Now, you can use ChatGPT to create story outlines for you – and you can even ask it to model popular authors in your genres.
Let’s ask Chatty to create an outline for a thriller novel… and to model Lee Child’s books. This is the guy who wrote the Jack Reacher series (around 27 books, 2 Tom Cruise movies and a Netflix series).
It’ll be interesting to see what ChatGPT cooks up!
That’s quite good, to be honest. I’ve seen several movies with similar plots.
These are known as tropes… and the people who like these types of stories will keep reading them no matter how predictable they are.
Give Your Outline a Twist
Let’s ask ChatGPT to give this outline a twist at the end!
Add a Sequel to Your Outline
Let me take things to the next level and see if ChatGPT can create an outline for a novel that leads to a sequel…
Woah… quite the twist with the mastermind, but I think I saw this in the Prison Break series. Pfft!
So let’s challenge Chatty and ask it to make the protagonist’s grandma the mastermind!
I’m curious to see how much believable BS this AI tool can come up with…
Create an Origin Storyline
I think I’ll just ask Chatty to create a villain origin storyline for the grandma, and we’ll call it a day.
And they get the masses to inject an experimental vaccine and everyone lived happily ever after! YAY!!!
Well, with ChatGPT’s outline and ideas, if you’re a talented writer, you could create an irresistible page-turner your readers love. Brilliant.
As readers of my WA blog posts will know, I'm currently using these principles to create a best-seller (maybe) in the Romance genre.
Hi there, Phil
Just so you know, we members of the Grande dame Grand-MAS Club plan to age gracefully - Botox, Anti-Aging Serum, Advanced Striction A, B, C,D, Plastic Surgery, Reverse Engineering and ChatGPT Special Skincare line. Oh, I forgot Steve Harvey's L'evateyou Vitality Greens.
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That was interesting and also enlightening. Getting the right answer is still asking the right questions. Seeing your results makes one know how to improve on what we come up with on our own.
The thing I am noticing about AI material is that it creates questions in my mind that weren't there before. So the suggestions are prodding my creativity.
Thanks for sharing your progress and process,
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More great ideas!
I love the way that you can get ChatGPT to expand on ideas and even change direction and it builds on what it has already written.
I also like to use prompts like - "how could this plan be improved" and then " please rewrite the plan taking these improvements into account".
Even in ChatGPT4 it can make quite a difference - although some might say that's because my original prompts weren't good enough.
All the best!
Yes, the conversation you can get going is quite remarkable.