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How an Author Could Use ChatGPT : A Comprehensive List

As an author, we are always searching for ways to improve our writing skills, make our work more engaging, our marketing more effective and save time. With the advent of AI (artificial intelligence), writing tools like ChatGPT are starting to revolutionise the way authors approach their craft, their indie author business and their book marketing. In this article, I will explore how an author could use ChatGPT AI or similar AI chat bot to assist with their author business, writing process, generate ideas, improve grammar, and much more.

Table of Contents

  1. What is ChatGPT?
  2. Generating Ideas
  3. Improving Grammar
  4. Editing and Proofreading
  5. Getting Feedback
  6. Enhancing Your Writing Style
  7. Generating Titles and Headlines
  8. Researching
  9. Saving Time
  10. Writing Prompts
  11. Improving SEO
  12. Creating Social Media Content And Adverts
  13. Find Target Audience To Help Refine Adverts.
  14. AI Art Prompts
  15. Summarise the content of Reviews
  16. Book Summaries
  17. Buying Persona
  18. Conclusion
  19. FAQs

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a state-of-the-art language model developed by OpenAI. It is an AI-powered writing assistant that can instantly answer almost any question or set of instruction you through at it. This includes asking it to generate text, suggest grammar improvements, summarise a book, write Ad copy for your book based on your synopsis, provide creative prompts and more. It works by analysing large amounts of text data and generating human-like responses to user queries. ChatGTP took the world by storm (early 2023), by being the first major AI language model to release to the public. 

Feb 1, 2023 (Reuters) – “ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday.”

What is a ChatGPT Prompt? 

Prompt engineering: The activity of creating and refining prompts to fine tune the Language Model (Chat GPT) to produce coherent, diverse, and pertinent content. i.e. The better the prompt, the more concise the better. The prompt is how we interact with the AI, the instructions we give it.

Good prompts -> Better results

How Can ChatGPT assist Authors?

First off, we are not talking about or advocating anyone write a novel using ChatGPT. It could and folk are doing it, but us humans, we still have the edge, however, we are talking about using the power of ChatGPT to enhance our creative processes and in some respects be a free virtual assistant to our author business. OK, lets see what it can do!

Generating Ideas With ChatGPT

One of the biggest challenges authors face is generating ideas for their writing projects. ChatGPT can help you overcome this challenge by providing creative prompts and ideas. You can simply input a keyword or topic, genre and ChatGPT will generate a list of related ideas and concepts. This feature can help you break through writer’s block and come up with new and innovative ideas for your writing projects.

Prompt: Generate me 10 short ideas for exciting vampire stories

Chat GPT Reply: 

Sure, here are ten short ideas for exciting vampire stories:

  1. In a world where vampires are hunted and feared, a human discovers a secret group of “good” vampires who have been working to protect humans from their more monstrous brethren.

  2. A young vampire who was turned against their will struggles to come to terms with their new identity and their insatiable thirst for blood.

  3. After a mysterious illness sweeps through a small town, the survivors discover that they have all been turned into vampires.

  4. A group of vampires who have lived for centuries must band together to stop a powerful new vampire who threatens to upset the balance of power in the supernatural world.

  5. A vampire and a werewolf fall in love, despite the fact that their two species are sworn enemies.

  6. In a world where vampires are accepted as a normal part of society, a human detective must solve a string of murders that seem to be connected to a group of rogue vampires.

  7. A vampire who has been alive for centuries begins to feel the weight of their long life and wonders if immortality is really worth it.

  8. A human woman falls in love with a vampire, but must decide if she is willing to give up her own mortality to be with him forever.

  9. After being turned into a vampire, a former priest grapples with the morality of drinking blood and begins to see the world in a different light.

  10. In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by vampires, a small group of survivors must find a way to fight back and reclaim the world from the undead.

Improving Grammar With ChatGPT

As an author, you know the importance of good grammar. Poor grammar can detract from the readability and effectiveness of your writing. ChatGPT can help you improve your grammar by providing suggestions for sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation. You can simply input your text into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of suggested improvements. This feature can save you time and help you improve the quality of your writing. I use ProWritingAid for continues suggestions or Grammarly but ChatGPT does it as well. 

I have copied and pasted the above paragraph into ChatGPT and asked it to “Check grammar and make it sound more possible, warm tone.”

It generated:

As an author, you understand the significance of good grammar in your writing. Poor grammar can hinder the readability and effectiveness of your work. That’s why ChatGPT is here to assist you in enhancing your grammar. It offers suggestions for sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation, which can help you refine your writing skills. You can easily input your text into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of suggested improvements. This feature is designed to save you time and enhance the quality of your writing. In addition, I use ProWritingAid and Grammarly for continuous suggestions, but ChatGPT is just as helpful.

However, we still recommend a stand alone Grammar checker like Linguix over ChatGPT.

Editing And Proofreading

Editing and proofreading are essential parts of the writing process. ChatGPT can help you with both by providing suggestions for grammar and spelling errors. You can input your text into ChatGPT, and it will highlight any errors and provide suggestions for corrections. This feature can save you time and help you produce error-free content. For example, I fed my synopsis from The Silence In The Song into it.

Prompt: Can you edit, proofread and make suggestions? 

“The Silence In The Song – Full Synopsis
Death is not the end. The immortal King and his legion of otherworldly beings have made sure of that. The immortal king’s empire expands southward, consuming everything in its path.

A young nomad, born of prophecy, comes of age, plagued by visions of the King’s brutal conquests and the strange etheric beings that consume the souls of the dead left in the King’s wake.

This is the story of an uncommon boy who dares to believe that he can be the difference, that he can challenge the immortal King for the freedom of every soul on the planet.

The story is set in a human-like world and has a heroic/epic fantasy feel. A mix of barbarian tales, world building, magic, spiritual dimensions, philosophical curiosity, ancient myths, psychedelic visions, conspiracies, martial arts and questions about the nature of life, death and reality.

This is an epic fantasy novel with science fiction elements. A firm crossover between the two disciplines.

Join Arran, the silence in the song, and find out if he has what it takes to kill the King and save his people.”

Chat GPT Answer:

As you can see there are many small, subtle changes in sentence structure, word choice, punctuation and more. Maybe I will keep this version.

Certainly, here’s the edited and proofread version of the synopsis:

“The Silence in the Song” – Full Synopsis

Death is not the end, thanks to the immortal King and his legion of otherworldly beings.

The King’s empire is expanding southward, devouring everything in its path.

A young nomad, born of prophecy, comes of age and is haunted by visions of the King’s ruthless conquests and the strange etheric beings that feed on the souls of the dead left in his wake.

This is the tale of an uncommon boy who dares to believe he can make a difference, that he can challenge the immortal King and free every soul on the planet.

The story is set in a world similar to our own and has a heroic/epic fantasy feel, blending barbarian tales, world building, magic, spiritual dimensions, philosophical inquiries, ancient myths, psychedelic visions, conspiracies, martial arts, and questions about the nature of life, death, and reality.

This is an epic fantasy novel with science fiction elements, a solid crossover between the two genres.

Join Arran, the silence in the song, and discover if he has what it takes to slay the King and save his people.

Getting Writing Feedback From ChatGPT

As an author, feedback is crucial to improving your writing. ChatGPT can provide you with feedback by analysing your writing and providing suggestions for improvement. You can input your text into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of suggested improvements based on the context of your writing. I used my synopsis again and look, the feedback is invaluable.

Prompt: This is fantasy novel synopsis, can you provide feedback and suggest improvements.

Chat GPT Answer: 

Overall, the synopsis sounds intriguing and captivating. It presents a clear plot and a protagonist with a unique perspective and a challenging mission. However, there are a few ways to enhance the synopsis:

Clarify the stakes: While it’s clear that the King’s conquests are brutal, it would be helpful to specify what’s at stake if the King continues to expand his empire. What would happen to the souls of the dead if they continue to be consumed by etheric beings? What would happen if the King conquers everything in his path? By clarifying the stakes, you’ll make the reader care more about the outcome of Arran’s mission.

Provide more information on the world-building: While it’s great that the story is set in a human-like world, it would be helpful to give the reader a bit more information about the world, its geography, history, and cultures. This will help the reader visualize the world and understand the context of the story.

Be more specific about Arran’s unique qualities: The synopsis mentions that Arran is an “uncommon boy,” but it doesn’t give any specifics about what makes him unique. What skills or attributes does he have that make him capable of challenging the immortal King? Providing more specific details about Arran’s character will make him more relatable to the reader.

Clarify the science fiction elements: While it’s mentioned that the novel has science fiction elements, it’s not clear what those elements are. Providing a bit more detail about how science fiction is incorporated into the story will help readers who are interested in both fantasy and science fiction understand what to expect.

Consider adding a hook: While the synopsis presents a clear plot and protagonist, it could benefit from a hook that draws the reader in. Consider adding a sentence or two at the beginning of the synopsis that captures the reader’s attention and makes them want to read more. For example, “In a world where death is not the end, a young nomad must challenge an immortal King to save the souls of the dead and his people.”

Generating Titles And Headlines

Creating catchy and effective titles and headlines is essential to getting your writing noticed. ChatGPT can help you generate titles and headlines by analysing your writing and providing suggestions for catchy and effective titles and headlines. Or you can ask it for blog ideas and work from there. You can input your text into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of suggestions for titles and headlines that will grab your readers’ attention. 

Researching

Research is an essential part of the writing process. ChatGPT can help you with research by providing you with related ideas. You can input a keyword or topic into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of questions, prompts, ideas etc. 

Prompt: Topics every fantasy author must cover in their novel?

Answer Generated:

As an AI language model, I can provide some suggestions for topics that many fantasy authors may choose to cover in their novels. However, it’s important to note that there is no definitive list of topics that every fantasy author must cover, as each author has their own unique vision and approach to their storytelling.

World-building: One of the most important aspects of fantasy literature is world-building. Authors must create a rich and detailed world that feels immersive and believable, complete with its own history, cultures, and magical systems.

Characters: Fantasy novels often feature complex and compelling characters, from heroes and heroines to villains and sidekicks. It’s important for authors to develop characters with depth and nuance, giving readers someone to root for or against.

Magic: Fantasy novels often feature some form of magic or supernatural power, which can play a significant role in the plot and character development. Authors must create a well-defined and consistent magical system that makes sense within the world they’ve created.

Conflict: Conflict is at the heart of most good stories, and fantasy novels are no exception. Whether it’s an epic battle between good and evil or a personal struggle between characters, conflict drives the plot forward and keeps readers engaged.

Themes: Fantasy novels often explore themes related to identity, power, morality, and the human condition. Authors must weave these themes throughout their story in a way that feels organic and adds depth to the narrative.

Action and Adventure: Fantasy novels are often full of action and adventure, with characters embarking on quests, battling monsters, and facing other challenges. Authors must create exciting and memorable set pieces that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Worldview: Fantasy novels can be a powerful way for authors to explore their worldview and share their vision of the world with readers. Whether it’s through allegory, symbolism, or direct commentary, authors can use their stories to make a statement about the world around us.

Romance: Many fantasy novels include romantic subplots or central themes, which can add a layer of emotional depth and complexity to the story. However, it’s important for authors to handle these elements with care, avoiding cliches and staying true to their characters and their world.

Ultimately, the topics that a fantasy author chooses to cover will depend on their individual interests, strengths, and vision for their story. However, by focusing on some of these key areas, authors can create a compelling and immersive fantasy world that resonates with readers.

Saving Time 

As an indie author, holding a job and a small author business, time is precious, and any tool that can help you save time is invaluable. ChatGPT can save you time by providing you with quick and accurate responses to your queries. You can input a question into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with an instant response. This feature can help you save time, multi task, explore ideas and work more efficiently.

Writing Prompts

Writing prompts can be an effective way to jumpstart your writing process. ChatGPT can provide you with creative writing prompts that are tailored to your interests and writing style. You can input a keyword or topic, and ChatGPT will generate a list of writing prompts. This feature can help you overcome writer’s block and spark new ideas for your writing projects.

Prompt: Some fantasy themed writing prompts to beat writers block please.

Generated Answer: 

Sure, here are some fantasy-themed writing prompts that you can use to beat writer’s block:

A young apprentice discovers that their mentor is secretly a powerful dark sorcerer.

In a world where magic is banned, a group of rebels work to overthrow the oppressive regime and bring magic back.

A group of adventurers embark on a quest to find a legendary artifact that has the power to save their kingdom from destruction.

A young prince is cursed with the ability to turn into a dragon, and must navigate a treacherous political landscape to reclaim his throne.

A group of strangers find themselves stranded in a mysterious, otherworldly realm, and must band together to find a way back to their own world.

A skilled thief is hired to steal a priceless artifact from a heavily guarded castle, but things quickly spiral out of control.

A powerful wizard is betrayed by their closest allies, and must go on the run to clear their name and seek revenge.

In a world where humans are oppressed by a ruling class of supernatural beings, a group of human rebels launch a daring attack to overthrow their oppressors.

A young farmhand discovers that they are the last surviving member of a powerful bloodline, and must learn to control their newfound abilities before they fall into the wrong hands.

A group of adventurers must journey to the edge of the world to retrieve a powerful artifact that has the power to change the course of history.

These prompts should provide a starting point for your writing, but feel free to tweak them as needed to suit your own creative vision. Happy writing!

Improving SEO For Your Author Website

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is crucial for getting your writing noticed online. ChatGPT can help you improve your SEO by providing you with suggestions for optimising your content for search engines. You can input your text into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of suggestions for improving your SEO. This feature can help you reach a wider audience and get more visibility for your writing projects. However, I would suggest buying and reading my book on SEO, this is a deep subject and is somethings that still needs a good book to give you a strong foundation before you start using ChatGPT to its full 🙂

I generated the above images for a social media campaign.

Creating Social Media Content And Adverts.

Social media is an essential tool for promoting your writing projects. ChatGPT can help you create engaging social media content by providing you with suggestions for headlines, captions, and hashtags. You can input your text into ChatGPT, and it will provide you with a list of suggestions for creating social media content that will grab your readers’ attention.

Prompt: Based on the Synopsis above, write me short captions for adverts and social media posts to advertise my book.

Chat GPT Generated:

“Enter a world of magic, spirituality, and epic battles in The Silence In The Song. Join Arran on his quest to challenge the immortal King and save the souls of his people. A thrilling epic fantasy novel with science fiction elements.”

“Get ready for an unforgettable journey through a world of barbarian tales, ancient myths, and psychedelic visions. The Silence In The Song is an epic fantasy novel that challenges our understanding of life, death, and reality. Join Arran on his quest for freedom.”

“Are you a fan of heroic/epic fantasy novels? Then The Silence In The Song is the perfect book for you! Immerse yourself in a world of magic, martial arts, and spiritual dimensions. Join Arran on his journey to defeat the immortal King and save his people.”

Find Target Audience To Help Refine Adverts.

AI Prompt:

Based on the synopsis and the ads above, the target audience for The Silence In The Song would likely be:

Answer:

Fans of epic and heroic fantasy novels
Readers who enjoy science fiction and fantasy crossovers
Those who enjoy world-building and exploration of spiritual dimensions
Fans of martial arts and battles in a fantasy setting
Readers who are interested in philosophical questions and ancient myths
People who enjoy stories about young heroes embarking on heroic quests

AI Art Prompts

If you are using an AI art generator like Midjourney or ArtSmart then you can ask ChatGPT to write you a prompt to get what you want from the art generators. An example of Art I have produced for my fantasy novel

Book Summaries

Take a classic book that you have not had the time to read and ask Chat GPT to summarise it. Be it plot points, main characters, the hook etc. Lets work with Mary Shelley’s Dracula (I know she wrote Frankenstein but watch what happens.)

Prompt: Mary Shelley’s Dracula plot points 

AI Chat Bot Answer:

It’s important to note that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are two different novels with distinct plot points. However, here are some key plot points for each novel:

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:

  1. The novel begins with an epistolary framework, in which Captain Robert Walton writes letters to his sister describing his voyage to the North Pole.

  2. Walton and his crew encounter a man named Victor Frankenstein, who is pursuing a creature that he has created.

  3. Frankenstein tells his story to Walton, explaining how he became obsessed with creating life and eventually succeeded in animating a creature made from human body parts.

  4. The creature turns out to be a monster, and Frankenstein is horrified by his creation.

  5. The creature flees and Frankenstein becomes consumed with guilt and regret.

  6. The creature returns and demands that Frankenstein create a companion for him, promising to leave humanity alone if he is given a mate.

  7. Frankenstein begins work on the companion, but ultimately destroys the creature before completing it.

  8. The creature seeks revenge by killing those closest to Frankenstein, including his best friend and his bride.

  9. Frankenstein eventually dies, consumed by his guilt and grief, and the creature disappears into the wilderness.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula:

  1. The novel is structured as a series of journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings.

  2. The story begins with a young lawyer named Jonathan Harker traveling to Transylvania to help a wealthy nobleman, Count Dracula, purchase an estate in England.

  3. Harker becomes trapped in Dracula’s castle, where he discovers that the count is a vampire.

  4. Meanwhile, Harker’s fiancée Mina and her friend Lucy are being courted by two other suitors, Dr. John Seward and Quincey Morris.

  5. Lucy begins to experience strange symptoms, including sleepwalking and a thirst for blood.

  6. Dr. Seward brings in his mentor, Professor Abraham Van Helsing, to diagnose Lucy’s illness.

  7. Van Helsing realizes that Lucy has been bitten by a vampire and sets out to destroy the creature.

  8. Lucy dies and is resurrected as a vampire, forcing her friends to destroy her.

  9. Dracula travels to England and begins preying on Mina, who has become engaged to Harker.

  10. The group of friends bands together to hunt down and kill Dracula, finally defeating him in a climactic battle.

These are just a few of the key plot points for each novel, but they should give you an idea of the overarching storylines.

Summarise The Content Of Reviews

Yes, input some reviews from your own book or your competitors and ask for common themes, weaknesses, strengths. etc. Using the Read tag, which just tells chat GPT to read and acknowledge it. Then I fed it the reviews.

Multi Part ChatGPT Prompt :

I am going to give you some reviews from the Book “Smartphone Smart Marketing” can you summarise if the review are positives or negative and what strengths or weaknesses the book has. Read 

Answer:

Ok, I ready for the reviews.

Prompt:

I fed in three reviews.

Answer: Generated by ChatGPT Ai

These reviews are all very positive. The first review suggests that the book is ideal for those starting out in marketing their business and seeking to make the best use of their mobile device. The book is described as easy to follow and full of great knowledge and advice.

The second review mentions the fast delivery of the book and describes it as being full of useful and practical tips and instructions. The reviewer bought the book for their partner who found it really helpful and useful. The reviewer also mentions that they will definitely recommend the book to others.

The third review describes the book as containing the information needed to turn a phone into a portable marketing machine. The writing is said to be well-written and easy to understand, with detailed descriptions. The reviewer mentions that they have set up their own business in recent years and found the book to be invaluable for creating promo videos, engaging posts, and work plans that actually work. The review concludes by stating that the book is money well spent.

Overall, the strengths of the book appear to be its practicality, comprehensibility, and usefulness in helping to create effective marketing strategies using mobile devices.”

I agree with that,  if you like the sound of SSM you can grab a copy here. 

17: Buying Persona

What is a buying persona? A buying persona is a fictional representation of an ideal customer that helps businesses understand their target audience better. It involves creating a detailed profile of the customer that includes their demographics, psychographics, buying behavior, pain points, and needs. These personas can be developed through market research, surveys, and interviews with existing customers. The purpose of creating buying personas is to align marketing efforts with the needs and preferences of the targeted audience, resulting in more effective messaging and increased conversions. By understanding their customers better, businesses can tailor their content and advertising to create a personalized experience for each customer, improving their overall customer journey. Buying personas are a valuable tool for businesses of all sizes and industries to drive targeted marketing efforts and increase sales.

Prompt:

ChatGPT Generation based on my books synopsis and Fantasy author who loves epic, heroic fantasy.

Answer:

Here’s a possible buyer persona based on your instructions:

Gender: Male

Age: 30-45

Location: United States (could be any English-speaking country)

Relationship Status: Single or in a committed relationship/marriage

Work: Professional or semi-professional (e.g. engineer, teacher, accountant, etc.)

Interests: Fantasy literature, epic and heroic fantasy in particular; possibly also gaming, role-playing, or other fantasy-related hobbies

Behaviors: Enjoys spending time alone or with a small group of like-minded friends, possibly introverted or shy; values intellectual pursuits and may enjoy attending conventions or other events related to his interests

Web History: Regularly visits websites related to fantasy literature, such as fan forums, author blogs, or online bookstores; may also frequent gaming or role-playing sites

Search Terms: “best epic fantasy books,” “new heroic fantasy releases,” “top fantasy authors,” “fantasy conventions near me”

Pain Points: May struggle to find new and engaging fantasy literature that meets his standards; may feel isolated or misunderstood in his interests, especially if he doesn’t have many friends who share them

Goals: To find and read the best epic and heroic fantasy books available; to connect with other fans of the genre and possibly attend events or meetups; to stay up-to-date on new releases and upcoming authors

How We can help?: We can provide tailored book recommendations, including new releases and lesser-known authors; we can connect our buyer persona with other fantasy fans through online communities or events; we can offer exclusive content or discounts on fantasy literature and merchandise.

Conclusion

In conclusion, ChatGPT is a powerful tool that every indie author should be using. We are not talking about using it to write trashy novels. But a tool that can help authors streamline their writing process, generate ideas, improve grammar, get feedback, enhance their writing style, save time, create social media content, and much more. By utilising the many features of ChatGPT, authors can improve the quality and effectiveness of their writing and achieve greater success in their writing projects.

FAQs

  1. Is ChatGPT free to use?

    1. Yes
  2. Can ChatGPT help me improve my writing style?

    1. Yes, input your writing and ask for feedback. 
  3. How accurate are the suggestions provided by ChatGPT?

    1. Always fact check the results produced by AI. Never take the answers as gospel.
  4. Can ChatGPT help me overcome writer’s block?

    1. Yes, it can create prompts to spark your imagination. Check out our guide on beating writers block.
  5. Is ChatGPT suitable for all types of writing projects?

    1. Yes, the AI model can mould to any style, formal, fun, business etc.
  6. Can I write a book with ChatGPT?

    1. You can, but we would not recommend it. Readers want authenticity. If you do, be sure to list ChatGPT as the Author.
  7. Is ChatGPT safe to use??

    1. Yes, but always fact check.
  8. What is ChatGPT being used for??

    1. Writing, Prompts, Programming, Math, Poetry, SEO, the list goes on.  
  9. How do you use ChatGPT effectively??

    1. You learn to write precise prompts.
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