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  • Writer's pictureKaty More

The AI Writing Trap

As a writer, I am often asked about my thoughts on AI programs such as ChatGPT and if I use them for generating my columns, books and other articles. My answer is always yes. I use these tools because that is precisely what they are – tools.



I am not always writing, but when I am, I do not allow AI to do all the heavy lifting. Yet, there is a growing trend for writers to use AI to generate 100% of their work and pass it off as their own. One questions the authenticity of their work before discovering AI. When writers rely on AI programs such as ChatGPT, it's like asking a parrot to write their article – lots of squawking but not much substance.


AI-generated writing is quick, and it is easy to be tempted into this world where creativity equals CTRL+C and CTRL+V, especially when you have deadlines and are only paid per approved submission. There are definitely times when an AI rehash of an article is beneficial. But when used to generate most of the written word, AI takes over the writing process and the human author becomes a fictional character.


There are benefits of AI in writing. First and foremost, AI can be your trusty sidekick, the Watson to your Sherlock. It can help you with spelling, grammar and punctuation faster than you can say ‘auto-correct’ and never judges your typos, no matter how cringe-worthy.


AI can generate ideas, provide suggestions, and even inspire you with brilliant prompts when your creativity decides to take a vacation without you. Like having a never-ending brainstorming session with an encyclopedia without coffee breaks, AI can fetch you information from the far reaches of the internet in mere seconds. It's the research assistant you never knew you needed.


The trick is not allowing it to become your crutch, cheat code, or golden ticket to a world of wordsmithing laziness, even when facing a blank screen and feeling about as creative as a rubber chicken.


Using AI for writing is like having a GPS in your car. It's handy; it gets you where you want to go, but if you let it take the wheel, you'll never learn how to navigate yourself. Writing is an art, my friends, and like all art forms, it requires practice, passion and personal flair. Remember, AI can make some major, if not hilarious, blunders.


Creativity isn't a switch you can flick on and off. It's a muscle that needs regular exercise. If you let AI do all the heavy lifting, you will become a literary couch potato!


So think of AI as a partner in crime, not the mastermind behind your heist. Embrace its assistance, but don't forget to put in the effort and creativity that make your writing uniquely yours. Whereas the words generated from an AI program have all the authenticity of a plastic flamingo in a garden. It's your voice, your ideas, and your quirks that make your writing truly extraordinary.


To drive home my point, below is a 100% AI-generated article providing its opinion on the same topic I have just discussed. Which do you prefer?


AI vs. Humans: The Write-Off Showdown! By ChatGPT (unedited)


Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to the grand showdown of the century! In one corner, we have the tireless, algorithmic wordsmiths known as AI, and in the other corner, the crafty, coffee-fueled humans who've been churning out words since the invention of the quill. It's AI-generated writing versus good ol' human creativity, and this ain't your grandma's spelling bee.


Let's start with AI. These digital wordsmiths have been churning out articles, poems, and even romantic novels faster than a caffeinated squirrel on a double espresso. They never take a break, never need a bathroom, and certainly never request a day off. If they had a motto, it would be "Words on demand, 24/7."


But hold on to your paperbacks, folks! AI may be a fast typist, but can it whip up a pun as delicious as grandma's apple pie? Can it capture the heart-wrenching beauty of unrequited love or the excitement of a rollercoaster ride like a skilled human writer can? I dare say, not quite.


There's a certain magic that human writers bring to the table. It's the quirks, the anecdotes, and the good old-fashioned storytelling that AI just can't replicate. Have you ever tried asking an AI to tell you a joke? Trust me, you'd be better off watching paint dry – at least it has a drying time you can count on!


But, let's not get too sentimental about the good old days of typewriters and ink stains on our fingers. AI has its merits, too. It can churn out mountains of content in seconds, proofread like an obsessive-compulsive grammar nerd, and even mimic the writing style of famous authors. Imagine Shakespeare with a digital twist! Alas, "To byte or not to byte" just doesn't have the same ring to it.


Now, let's talk about humour – the spice of life! AI might give it the old college try, but you know what they say: "AI humour is like a robot doing the moonwalk – technically correct, but painfully robotic." Human humour, on the other hand, is a wild jungle of puns, irony, and dad jokes. You can't beat a well-timed "Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field!"


Sure, AI can analyse data and predict trends, but can it write you a love letter that'll make your heart skip a beat? I doubt it. It might give you a generic "Roses are red, violets are blue" poem, but good luck finding an AI that can match the depth of human emotions and experiences.


In the end, it's like comparing apples to oranges – or should I say, comparing algorithms to allegories? Both AI and humans have their strengths and weaknesses in the writing game. The best approach, perhaps, is to let AI handle the data-heavy grunt work and let humans continue to sprinkle the magic of creativity, wit, and that all-important human touch.


So, dear readers, the verdict is in: AI and humans are not adversaries but complementary partners in the world of writing. Think of it as a duet between a piano and a violin, creating harmonies that neither could achieve alone. After all, who wants a world where our stories are told solely by machines? That would be a world as flat as a pancake, and let's face it, who wants to live in a world without fluffy pancakes and syrupy tales?


In the end, the real winner is the reader, who gets to savour the diverse flavours of both AI and human-generated writing. So, let's raise our coffee mugs to the blend of brilliance and algorithms, and may the wordsmithing continue, whether it's by humans, AI, or a delightful combination of both. Cheers to the write-off showdown of the century!


K


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