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I started out wanting to write a positive blog about my friendship with a fellow author, K.S. Miranda (The Fifth Sun, The Monarch Project). Our friendship is precious to me on many levels. Not only because we can relate to each other’s frustrations and inspirations, but because we make each other laugh. It’s easy to take yourself too seriously as a writer. We’ve also collaborated on a few projects – screenplays and stage plays.
As an experiment, I asked ChatGPT to “write a one-thousand word blog about the joy of an author being best friends with another author” to see if the bot could create a blog with the feelings I wished to evoke.
ChatGPT wrote the post in less than ten seconds. Way faster than I could ever do. How demoralizing. If I wrote it, I’d have to actually sit at my desk and think. It might take hours. And the bot’s post was good. Here is an excerpt:
“One of the most beautiful aspects of being best friends with another author is the shared passion for storytelling. Writing isn’t just a hobby; it’s a way of life, an all-consuming love affair with words and ideas. When two authors come together, they find in each other a kindred spirit who understands the burning desire to create, to weave stories from thin air, and to give life to characters who exist only on paper.”
Yikes. What a succinct way to put down the very thing I wanted to say. Double-yikes. The words are poetic enough to be literary and frank enough to sound experienced.
“The synergy that arises from the friendship between two authors can lead to exciting creative collaborations. They can bounce ideas off each other, offer constructive feedback, and even co-write stories. The creative process becomes a dynamic, shared experience where each author’s strengths complement the other’s weaknesses. This collaboration can result in works that are greater than the sum of their parts. Authors who are best friends can challenge and inspire each other to push the boundaries of their creativity. They can explore new genres, experiment with different writing styles, and embark on daring literary adventures together.”
That’s absolutely true, but I’m not sure I would have worded it so well. Here’s more:
“Authors are, by nature, curious individuals who love to explore new ideas and philosophies. Being best friends with another author means that the conversation is never-ending. They can engage in spirited debates about literature, share their latest discoveries, and exchange recommendations for books to read or writing techniques to try. This constant exchange of ideas keeps the creative juices flowing and ensures that both authors remain inspired and motivated. It’s a partnership that nurtures intellectual growth and encourages a deeper understanding of the world and the human experience.”
Okay, now I must climb on my soapbox. Creative juices? What does a bot know about creative juices? And don’t get me started on the reference to the “human experience.” Here’s how I, a human, wish to express my feelings about having a bestie who’s an author.
When K.S. Miranda and I get together, we experience creative combustion. This is the place where I’m young again, where life offers infinite possibilities, and I know full well I’m an artist. Our thought processes, when shared, construct a universe where the bright suns of ideas warm and light up stories and give them life. Aside from our collaborations, we help make our separate projects better. But the brainstorming – that’s the best. No machine can generate that type of magic. The meeting of creative minds represents human consciousness at its best.
I agree that AI can be used as a tool, but how much of the writing process should we leave to the software? What does our consciousness give up by doing so?