Emily had always dreamed of becoming a famous author. She spent countless hours writing stories and novels, but never seemed to get noticed by publishers. One day, while browsing the internet for writing tips, she stumbled upon ChatGPT, a language model that could help with writing prompts and feedback.
Emily started using ChatGPT regularly, asking for ideas and feedback on her writing. She found the suggestions to be incredibly helpful and started incorporating them into her stories. Over time, her writing improved dramatically, and she began to gain a following online.
One day, Emily received an email from a well-known publisher. They had read one of her stories online and were interested in publishing a collection of her work. Emily couldn’t believe it – she had finally achieved her dream!
Thanks to ChatGPT, Emily became a famous author. She continued to use the language model to help with her writing, and even recommended it to other struggling writers. Emily knew that without ChatGPT, she never would have achieved her dream of becoming a published author.
But, now what? Her weekdays were spent lounging around different rooms of her empty, isolated home. Silence enveloped her for months. Her thoughts seemed to be playing on loop over the record player that’d talk to her every morning, until her phone finally rang on a Monday morning.
On the other side of the line was Dreamcatcher Films, a movie production company, looking to breathe some new life into her New York Times Bestseller. Emily agreed to their proposition and began to feel the rush of a new chapter beginning again.
As she drove to the set, Emily found herself reminiscing on the first writing assignments that made her fall in love with words. The meticulous pairing and stitching together of words used to mirror whatever was burrowed inside of herself. After her loss, she struggled to open her journal, leaving it free of ink and honesty.
In the summer of 2023, she decided to let technology talk her feelings out of her. The new AI system, ChatGPT, allowed Emily to write and finish her novel. She was taken back by how efficiently the machine spoke for her. Most of her words had been revised and overwritten by the system, but she felt eerily comfortable confiding in this inanimate, impartial entity.
Emily snapped back into reality when the director threw their hands in unison with the clapperboard.
“This is impossible! How is the actress supposed to make the audience feel when the words on the paper are dull and void of emotion?”
“What did you feel in writing this?” they asked in Emily’s direction.
“I-I was upset and…” Emily stumbled to answer a question she’d avoided answering since she started grieving her loss. What did she feel?
Reflection: To begin, I let ChatGPT start the story off and I took over afterwards. Then, I tried to have it finish the story while I started it.
From my two experiments, I could tell the AI writing was much better when I asked it to finish the story. This is probably because it had a sense of my writing voice and tried its best to mimic that. However, it kind of took the story too far from where it began. For a micro fiction story, it would be hard to bring the story back to its point in under 500 words. So, I decided to stick with the AI writing starting off the story and ending it myself, which is what you see above. The writing is pretty bland since it has nothing to bounce off of, but it does lay down the foundation of the story.
Another experiment I tried was that I asked ChatGPT to reorganize the timeline of the story, but it failed to do so. To finish off, I tried to get an image from DALL-E, but it is clearly not the best work.
All in all, I also felt the plot was weak starting out. I had a hard time trying to find what to make the story about and how to bring it back to education and humanism. But, I will say that once you pass the few bumps in the road with ChatGPT, it’s very possible to allow it spark new ideas for you.