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Can You Use AI To Write A Book?

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

KWE Publishing Newsletter - 03/16/23

Lately, you might have heard a lot about various AI-based tools and resources that are becoming more accessible to the public, such as ChatGPT, Jasper, DALL-E 2, etc. While these AI sites and apps have some really cool uses, there have been a lot of conversations about their uses. Among writers, editors, and publishers, a lot of conversations center on using AI to write books.

If you're like me, your first thought might be something like, Why the heck would I want to use AI to write a book? Why would people want to read a book written using AI?

And I totally get that! Using AI can feel like "cheating" for a lot of people, and there are valid concerns about AI art, in all forms, using work from existing artists as references without directly crediting them and creating pieces of work that feel, well, kind of soulless. Plus, the majority of AI tools are subscription-based, so they can become costly over time.

That said, there are some practical ways writers can use AI throughout the writing process—if they want to, of course!

AI can enhance what's already there.

Certain AI tools, such as Jasper, can readjust the tone of existing writing samples. This can be incredibly helpful if you want a more academic tone, for example, to be shifted to something a little more informal or straightforward.

You can also use AI to expand upon established writing. If you have one sentence that's packed with too much information, you can use AI to lengthen the sentence into multiple sentences that still convey the same information.

Of course, you can always use the outputs that you're given from AI and adjust them to fit your specific tone, voice, etc., and this will help ensure your writing still sounds like you!

AI can provide you with an outline to go off of.

Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part. If you're feeling totally stuck, you can use AI to create an outline, or several outlines, to use as starting points for your book.

As you go, you can change your outlines and make tweaks, but having something to use instead of staring at a blank page for what seems like forever can really help you actually begin writing!

You can also easily change the length of your outline, its structure, and more as you go, so if you start writing and your outline suddenly feels a little off, you don't have to worry about spending too long in order to make effective changes.

AI can make marketing easier.

As we've discussed in some of our previous newsletters, marketing is something that a lot of authors dread. You can use AI to assist in writing marketing campaigns, newsletters, and social media copy, which can make the marketing process feel a lot less stressful!

Using AI while also consulting a marketing expert can be particularly useful; your marketing expert can ensure you're spending your time wisely on the right campaigns while AI can make the process of producing copy easier.

Just as we suggest when using AI to adjust the tone or expand upon ideas in your writing, it's helpful to review what's been written before immediately using whatever outputs AI offers. Again, you want your writing to feel personable and authentic, and while this is totally possible using AI, you still want to be involved in the process.

Ultimately AI is a tool just like any other. How you use it—or if you use it at all—is entirely up to you! You might be surprised at what you can create with its help.

What are your thoughts on using AI in the writing process?

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