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Just like veggies, ChatGPT is good for us

In 2023, the alphabet had the world shuddering with fear.

Letters like AI and ChatGPT were all abuzz.

AI = Artificial Intelligence

ChatGPT = Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer (developed by OpenAI)

The introduction of ChatGPT reminded me of the iconic scene from “The Lion King” when Simba was lifted high above the kingdom. The app promised to change our lives forever -– or at least give it a good stir.

Did ChatGPT scare copywriters? Hell yes!

The vibe was one of dystopian-style dismay. Remember the 2015 movie Ex Machina? Yep, me too. Doomsday was here.

Corporation heads got a bit overzealous and sacked their marketing communication teams (classic!).

But like a March in Minnesota that roars in like a lion and fades out like a lamb, the hype settled.

Writers started playing with the “enemy” and fell in love. We quickly realized that these AI tools will help us, not replace us.

The funny thing is, we all used AI for years before ChatGPT arrived. Features like voice prediction and auto-correct are AI-driven. All of them are helpful but far from perfect (ask Lady Gaga how she got her name).

Bosses did a 180 and realized they needed a human to edit ChatGPT content (go figure). They begged those quickly dismissed writers to come back. My favorite part of the story is that many of those brilliant creatives demanded more money–and got it. (Bra-vo!)

Writing is bloody hard

Raise your hand If you have a story to share. Keep it up if writing is easy. Where did all those hands go? You’re not alone. Even professional writers struggle.

AI tools make writing more accessible to everyone. Let me put it another way. AI tools have the power to erase the memory of the dreaded red pen (and the voice of your high school English teacher).

In my optimistic opinion,

AI builds writing confidence

Transformations are everywhere. I’ve seen students (ahem, my children) who’d rather clean the kitchen with a toothbrush than write an essay, build confidence with AI tools. Or, subject matter experts speaking to the average listener, sans jargon. And, non-native speakers write their first blog article. Or, people paralyzed by the blank page, experience a state of writer nirvana.

We have tools that make writing easier (and most are free); let’s go!

My favorite AI writing tools this year are ChatGPT, Grammarly, and Natural Reader. They aren’t just tools; they’re writing buddies that make writing more fun, less daunting, and a million times more effective.

Intrigued? Have a play with ChatGPT’s free version and see if it jazzes up your content. Try a few of these writing prompts and see what Chat sends back.

10 Writing prompts to improve your writing

  1. Remove industry jargon

  2. Rewrite this section at an 8th-grade level

  3. Remove passive voice

  4. Edit this content to reflect [style]

  5. Provide suggestions to improve the flow of ideas

  6. Edit this content for [audience]

  7. Suggest 10 headings for this article

  8. What are the main points of this text

  9. What is the tone of this article

  10. Suggest ways to make this paragraph more conversational

Note: This article was written by a human (me), placed into ChatGPT to edit for tone, placed in Grammarly for proofreading and read back to me using Natural Reader. ChatGPT helped create the title.

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