No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy. ~Lyman Beecher
When I mention AI as a tool for writers, I experience a lot of skepticism. Like any new device, until you try it, you are relying on someone else’s experience and therefore are subject to their subjective opinion. This is true in all aspects of life, but for now, let’s explore the pros and cons of “AI for Writers”
I first heard of AI when reading the news about the misuse of the tool. Immediately, I became skeptical. Then I spoke to a friend whose minister friend used it to get ideas for his Sunday sermon. I knew both she and he were ethical people, so I decided to try it.
I chose Chat GPT since that was the main program the minister used. I spent about an hour asking GPT questions, writing something to see how it could improve the piece, asked for an outline of a book, etc. Not only was it ‘mind-blowing,’ but it was a blast. Working with it over the past month, I saw what it could do and where it fell short. I realized it was not going to replace writers’ creativity or their ability to illuminate characters with emotion and relatable dialogue, but I saw how it could help them brainstorm ideas, research information, (more thoroughly than Google), and discover a variety of ways to convey their message. I knew I had to introduce it to writers, but, I thought, what about writers who are technology shy?
I started trying out a variety of different AI programs and used them for personal projects I’m currently working on. In the process, I found a few easy-to-navigate tools for the non-technical writer and a way to use the tools to avoid using AI unethically. I’m very excited to show writers how to use AI as an assistant and not a crutch, which at the same time, covers the issue of ethics.
If you are interested in exploring AI to gain hands-on practice with user-friendly tools and to find a way to make writing more enjoyable and efficient, I’d love to have you join me on Saturday, July 8th from 10 AM-12:00 PM. The workshop will give you first-hand experience and help you see whether you are still a skeptic or a fan. Use this link to find out more about the workshop and how to register.