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11 Ways Writers Can Embrace AI for Writing

When AI started becoming a “hot topic”, one of the most common uses for the technology was (and still is) to use AI for writing. From social media captions to full-blown articles, everyone was blown away by how AI can produce content in a fraction of the time it takes for a human writer to […]

ChatAI Expert Feb 06, 2024

When AI started becoming a “hot topic”, one of the most common uses for the technology was (and still is) to use AI for writing. From social media captions to full-blown articles, everyone was blown away by how AI can produce content in a fraction of the time it takes for a human writer to do so.

As a natural result, if you’re a writer, this can be scary. Thoughts like “Will I be replaced by a machine?” or “Do I need to find another profession?” may have crossed your mind a lot lately. But we’re here to give you a different perspective. Why not embrace generative AI as a writer and make it work for you? It won’t do your job for you, but it can certainly help and enhance your writing process. 

In this guide, we’ll show you 11 ways to use AI for writing. Plus, we’ll share prompts to plug into ChatAI to get your creative juices flowing right away.

1. Use AI for Proofreading

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As a writer, you already know that before submitting any piece, you should proofread it. But let’s be honest, sometimes our brain fills in the blanks and we don’t catch all the typos and grammar mistakes. Even after reading your work over and over again.

This is where generative AI can come in. You can simply ask tools like ChatAI to proofread and edit your text for aspects like spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and more. That way, you can ensure that your writing is polished and error-free before submitting it to anyone.

Example Prompt: “Could you please proofread this article for any errors and suggest edits if needed? Look out for any spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes, and make sure my sentence structure is easy to follow.”

2. Brainstorm Titles, Headlines, and Subheadings

No matter how great of a writer you are, you probably struggle with coming up with catchy titles, headlines, and subheadings. The why behind that is unclear — maybe the pressure of knowing that the title is the first thing people judge your writing by is getting to you?

From now on, though, this doesn’t have to be a problem anymore. With generative AI, you can input a short summary of your piece and ask it to generate multiple options for titles, headlines, and subheadings. Better yet, you can just give it the subject or keywords and let it do all the work for you.

Sure, you may not find “the one” right away, but seeing different options can definitely help you get inspired and help you mix and match until you find the perfect one.

Example Prompt: “I’m writing a sales page for my new product and I need a compelling heading. The product is a [insert product category], and it helps users [insert key benefit]. Can you give me 20 options to choose from?”

3. Repurpose Your Content For Different Platforms

If you’re a content manager in charge of multiple platforms, you know how time-consuming and tedious it can be to create unique content for each one. That’s especially since each platform has its own guidelines and best practices.

When using generative AI for writing, that’s a thing of the past. All you need is one core piece of content or copy, and AI can help you repurpose it for different platforms.

For example, if you have a blog post, you can easily turn that into an email newsletter, LinkedIn carousel, or even take snippets of it and create a script for an Instagram reel. Similarly, you can take a podcast transcript and create a blog post or social media post. The possibilities are endless!

Example Prompt: “I have a blog post that discusses [insert topic]. Can you help me summarize it for my email newsletter in a concise but attention-grabbing way?”

4. Speed Up Repetitive Tasks

Sure, writing is an entirely creative process, but every writer knows that some mundane and repetitive tasks come with the territory. Think of tasks like writing up meta descriptions,  coming up with hashtags, or even formatting.

Generative AI can help you speed up these tasks, so you have more time to do what you do best: write!

Example Prompts:

  • “Can you write me a 160-character meta description for my latest blog post on [insert topic]? It’s about [insert key points].”
  • “This is a social media caption I just wrote but I’m having trouble coming up with hashtags. Can you suggest some relevant ones based on the content that are likely to increase engagement?”
  • “Can you help me format this article for SEO purposes? It needs to have [insert key elements] and be optimized for [insert platform].”

5. Generate Ideas/Angles For Your Content

Writer’s block is a real struggle – there’s no denying it. Sometimes, all you need is that push to get those creative juices flowing. With generative AI, you can have a constant source of new ideas and angles for your content.

Whether it’s for your email newsletter, a social media post, an introduction to a blog post you want to go viral, or even a book chapter, there’s nothing like a fresh perspective to put you on the right track.

Example Prompts:

  • “Can you give me 5 different angles to approach this topic for my next blog post? I want to make sure I cover all the important points.”
  • “I need an interesting and attention-grabbing introduction for my upcoming book chapter about [insert topic]. Can you suggest some opening lines that would hook the reader?”
  • “I need 10 story ideas for my next newsletter about [insert topic]. Make them  diverse and not too similar to each other, please.”

6. Get ChatAI To Personalize Your Writing

“If you’re writing for every and anybody, you’re writing for nobody.” How many times have you heard this phrase? Probably far too many times to count. But you’ve probably also gotten stuck because you don’t know how to speak to your specific audience.

The good thing about generative AI is that it can help you nail down the tone and language that resonates with your target audience in a matter of seconds. With its ability to analyze data and learn from it, generative AI can generate personalized content that speaks directly to your audience, making them feel like you’re speaking to them individually.

Not just that, but if you have different target audiences, ChatAI can also help you create multiple versions of your content to appeal to each group. This saves you time and effort in trying to figure out how to personalize your writing for different audiences.

Example Prompts:

  • “I’ve just written this social media caption but feel that it doesn’t speak to my target audience. Can you help me personalize it? My target audience is [insert all relevant details].”
  • “I’m trying to write an email newsletter that really connects with my subscribers. Can you generate a few different versions of the same content but with personalized language for different segments of my audience? One segment is [insert details], and the other is [insert details].”

7. Reduce and Simplify

With today’s short attention spans, it’s more important than ever to get straight to the point in your writing. But sometimes, it can be challenging to cut out all the fluff and unnecessary words. In your opinion, you might think the sentence sounds better with a few extra words, but your audience may not agree.

This is where using generative AI for writing can help. It can tighten up your writing by removing any unnecessary words or phrases, and making your content concise and to the point. That’s all without changing the original meaning or tone of your writing.

Example Prompt: “I’ve just finished writing this piece but feel like it’s a little too wordy. I want you to use your power to make it more concise without losing any of the important information.”

8. Let AI Help You Flesh Out Characters

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If you’re writing a story or screenplay, you know how important well-developed characters are. They can make or break your story, after all! But you also know that they take a lot of brainpower and creativity to come up with – and those aren’t always in abundance.

ChatAI can assist you in fleshing out your characters by providing descriptions and details that you may not have thought of otherwise. You can provide the tool with everything you’ve come up with so far, and it can generate more backstory ideas and traits for your characters. This can help make them more well-rounded and complex, making your story even better.

Example Prompt: “I’m writing a story about a protagonist named [insert name] and I need some help developing her character. For now, these are the details I have: [insert details]. Can you help me come up with some additional traits and backstory ideas for her? Be as creative and detailed as possible!”

9. Leverage AI To Create Outlines

Sometimes, you have a really great idea for a piece of writing but you just don’t know how to structure it. Do you begin with that interesting anecdote or with a statistic that will shock your readers? What should be the main points you cover and in what order?

This is where using generative AI for writing can come in handy. By inputting your initial ideas and thoughts into the tool, it can help generate a strong outline for your piece. This can save you time and energy as you won’t have to spend hours stressing over the perfect structure. Instead, you can use that time to focus on the actual writing and bringing your ideas to life.

Example Prompt: “I’m working on a blog post about [insert topic] and I want it to cover [insert main points]. Can you help me come up with a solid outline for it? I want to make sure I cover everything in the most effective way possible.”

10. Call On AI To Develop Summaries

There’s not a writer who hasn’t once received the dreaded “500-word limit” or “1-page summary” request. How do you take all of your extensive research and hours of writing and condense it down into just a few paragraphs? This can be a daunting task, but again, generative AI can come to your rescue.

By inputting your main points or key takeaways into the tool, it can help you generate a concise and effective summary of your content. This can save you time and ensure that you’re hitting all the important points in a clear and organized manner.

Example Prompt: “I just finished writing a lengthy research paper on [insert topic] but now my client wants a 500-word summary of it. Can you help me quickly pull out the most important points and create a strong summary?”

11. Tap Into ChatAI’s Localization Capabilities

With the rise of global audiences and online content, many writers now have to consider localization when creating their pieces. This means adapting your content to suit different languages, cultures, and regions. Whether it’s through translation or tailoring the content to specific audiences, generative AI can assist in this process.

All you need to do is input your original content and specify the language or location you want it to be adapted for. The AI will then generate a version that takes into account cultural nuances, grammar rules, and more. This can save writers a lot of time and ensure that their content resonates with different audiences.

Example Prompt: “I’m creating an email campaign for a new product launch in [insert country]. I’ve already drafted the one for the [country] market, but can you help me generate a localized version for [insert language/country]? I want to tap into the specific cultural and linguistic aspects of that region to make a stronger impact.”

Put ChatAI to the Test Today!

If there’s a takeaway from all the points discussed above, it’s that generative AI can be a valuable tool for writers, no matter what type of content you’re creating. And as you see, it doesn’t do the writing for you but rather the tasks surrounding it giving you access to more capabilities and knowledge just a prompt away. 

The more you can make tools like ChatAI work for you, the more time and brainpower you can dedicate to refining your work or increasing your output.

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