ChatGPT Part 11

Using ChatGPT as a writing coach

John Iovine

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You can ask ChatGPT to analyze your story text. ChatGPT is usually pretty generous in its assessment of your writing skills. Take its praise with a grain of salt.

Tasks You Can Request from ChatGPT

Consider ChatGPT as your expert writing coach. And like a good writing coach, ChatGPT can analyze your writing. Afterward, the AI can make suggestions on how to improve the text. There is more than one way to ask the same question, and each variation can provide a subtle different answer. One way to ask the same question differently is using the term “make a suggestion(s)” in comparison to “how can I improve.” These questions can be applied to pacing, dialog, and storyline.

Make suggestions on plot development.

Create descriptions of persons, places, or things.

Analyze a character in the story- primary or secondary.

Create a backstory for a character.

Make suggestions on character development.

Provide ideas for a plot twist or subplot.

Check if the dialog between characters sounds authentic.

Check the voice and inflection of a character’s speech for consistency. For instance, if you have a sarcastic character, you can ask the AI to check that character’s dialog to ensure consistency. Similarly, a character trying to sound more intelligent than they are, who doesn’t always use words correctly, or someone who tries to be funny all the time but is not.

Add sensory details. You have five senses. You can ask ChaptGPT to add one or more sensory details into a scene: smell, sight, touch, sound, and taste.

ChatGPT can also help write metaphors. I asked ChatGPT to write a metaphor about time and a snail. The AI responded with.

Time is like a snail, moving imperceptibly but covering vast distances when we look away.

ChatGPT can rephrase entire pieces of text. It can suggest alternative words. It can suggest filler words to remove.

Translate to other languages. ChatGPT can translate words and sentences into other languages, much like Google Translate.

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John Iovine

Science writer, thinker, self-experimenter, focusing on personal development and health — www.john-iovine.com