Are you shocked by the number of ChatGPT generated articles that are appearing on Vocal and other platforms? You know the ones I am talking about. Cliché-ridden turgid tosh with six or seven subtitles and a conclusion. You learn nothing reading it, it does nothing for the creator's reputation, and it's about as entertaining as watching paint dry.
Yet there is so much you can do with the new wave of generative software products. In an effort to encourage responsible use of AI software by writers, I have come up with some simple guidelines to follow if you want to make the most of chatware to support your writing work.
- Always make it clear when you have used an AI product to generate all or any part of an online or print-published work.
- Explain how you have used it. Have you, for instance, used it for basic research, used it as a prompt, to provide some ideas to work on? Or have you produced the whole thing using AI?
- Credit any research sources, quotes and references, including any given by the AI software.
- If you are going to use AI to generate stories or support your writing, have the courage to use your own name, and not hide behind a false name and an anonymous avatar.
- Always check factual information. One very embarrassed New York attorney was fined in June for presenting AI-generated court papers that included fake case citations.
- Most important of all, Trust your own imagination, your own creativity and your own ability as a writer. If you doubt your capabilities, read up on and learn your craft. Above all keep writing. You learn nothing by cheating.
What do you think? Are there any others you would suggest adding? Or do you disagree with any of the ones I have suggested. Please leave comments and I will add anything that I think is helpful.
If you are not sure what an AI-generated article looks like, here's one I created earlier:
You might also like to compare the AI article with the real thing. Here is an article I wrote on the same subject but without any AI input:
I hope my article, written from my own knowledge and observations, compares favorably with the AI generated article. As it happens, I thought the AI article on Whaam! wasn't too bad compared with some I have seen. Compare, for instance, the following, which includes some entirely fake information and quotes. See if you can guess which. As I say, if you are
Oh and, just for fun, I thought I would ask ChatGPT to give its own views on responsible use of AI. Here's what it said, including the full generation request text string.
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About the Creator
Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.