Have you ever wondered, could I use ChatGPT to write stories? Well, I did! And, to my surprise, it’s become an amazing support in my writing process, helping me create therapeutic stories by fuelling my creativity, and helping me to proofread and edit. But as with any powerful tool, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has its fair share of risks and drawbacks that we should all keep in mind. In this blog post, we'll dive into how I’ve been using ChatGPT to help me create therapeutic stories and explore the potential risks and drawbacks associated with it so you can benefit too.
Let's Start with Idea Generation:
Ever found yourself staring at a blank page, not knowing where to begin? Yep. I've been there too! When I need a little kickstart, ChatGPT can come to the rescue. For instance, let's say I wanted to write a story about anxiety for a child who loves penguins. I can simply ask ChatGPT to provide me with some opening lines for a children's story about an anxious penguin, just like I did below.
I can then use these prompts and ideas to help get me started, so I’m no longer just staring frustratedly at a blank page. I might also find inspiration from the words or images that it shares. In the example above, I immediately felt inspired by the line: ‘worries swirled in his mind like the snowflakes outside’. This gave me an idea of using a snow-globe as a metaphor for how to help worries settle!
Battling Writers Block
Picture this: you've started writing your story, but suddenly you hit a roadblock. Writer's block has struck, and you're stuck on how to move the story forward. This is where AI can lend a helping hand. Copy and paste what you've written so far and ask ChatGPT for ideas on what could happen next. It can provide you with examples that can either spark your own ideas or give you a starting point to expand upon. Check out the example below, it's like having a brainstorming buddy right at your fingertips!
Editing and feedback
Once you've completed your story, it's time for some feedback. ChatGPT can step in and provide you with a fresh perspective. Be specific when asking for feedback. In fact, I asked ChatGPT what kind of feedback I could request, and it gave me a fantastic list of suggestions (see, it's even helpful for writing blogs too!)
But Wait, There Are Some Considerations:
While AI can be an amazing addition to your writing toolbox, it's important to acknowledge its limitations so we can avoid or work around them!
One drawback is that AI-generated stories can sometimes feel formulaic or oversimplified. Therapeutic stories require a deep understanding of complex emotions and the ability to convey them through metaphor. AI, being a machine, may struggle to capture the subtleties of emotional experiences, leading to a potential feeling of disconnect in the story.
Loss of Creativity and Confidence
Another thing to be mindful of is the risk of stifling your own creativity and confidence if you rely too heavily on AI support. We have to struggle sometimes to learn and grow, and if you use AI every time you’re stuck, you’ll miss out on those "aha!" moments, and the joy of overcoming challenges on your own. I truly believe we are all capable of writing wonderful stories, and if you always turn to AI, you’ll never get to really discover that truth for yourself.
Lastly, let's talk privacy concerns. When writing a story for a specific child, it's essential to reflect on their unique experiences. However, remember that anything you write on ChatGPT can be stored and analysed. Therefore, you shouldn’t share any personal or private details at all. Particularly as professionals, it is crucial to consider this and ensure that anything we write adheres to our ethical standards.
In conclusion, AI can be an incredible tool for your writing journey, but I believe it should be seen as a partner or collaborator, not the sole writer of your story. In this way, you can benefit from help with idea generation, feedback, and editing, while still infusing your story with your own, unique creativity and voice.
Of course, if you really want AI to write entire stories for you, you can absolutely ask it to do that, and it will! But to me, the real power of a story comes from the heart of the person writing it, and while AI can be a great addition to the writing process, it simply can’t replicate that.
So, go ahead and explore the power of AI in your writing. But remember, the real magic happens when you can tap into your own imagination and bring that to life on the page.
And remember, if you want to learn more about exactly how to do this, without needing to turn to AI at all, you can sign up to Sophie’s Storytellers Academy. I’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to create powerful, heartfelt therapeutic stories. Find out more by clicking here!
Good luck, and happy writing.