Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Artificial Writing #IWSG, Operation Awesome Operative, and #WEP Flash Fiction Coming Soon

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today:

Natalie Aguirre, Kim Lajevardi, Debs Carey, Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine, and Rebecca Douglass!

Oct 4 question -

The topic of AI writing has been heavily debated across the world. According to various sources, generative AI will assist writers, not replace them. What are your thoughts?

Answer: Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and writer, said it well in this video. It's about using AI to write a paper or help with school work (or cheat on it), but that could apply to life. Are you learning? Improving your craft?

Adam Conover writer's strike Adam discusses how important getting protections against AI was as a point in ending the writer's strike in Hollywood. I prefer to stand with my fellow writers, even though I am not in a guild. (Maybe one day.)

And then there's the ChatGPT class action lawsuit. Imagine using AI to write a book, and then it being taken down because of a lawsuit. Or worse, being sued yourself. No thanks.

There's another video (I lost the link) I was discussing with my friend yesterday. 
AI wrote something. It was flagged for plagiarism. The original source material was located and it was verified that the AI had, indeed, copied and reused the material. They then confronted the AI about this. It lied and said it did not plagiarize the material. 
Our robots learned to lie.
How long until the AI steals something you wrote? And then lies about it. Who do you think will be believed? 
By the way, AI has also learned how to impersonate lawyers and create fictional cases to support itself in lawsuits. (That's impressive fibbing.) 

I can see how it may be useful for writing a book description, as I tested that in a previous blog post. I do not feel that I would use it much beyond that. 

Write Edit PulishWrite Edit Publish blog #WEP - October #FlashFiction Challenge - The Phantom of the Opera - Post October 18 - 20
The fourth movie Challenge of 2023, "The Phantom of the Opera."

Operation Awesome Happening at

Since May 2016, I have been joyfully interviewing debut authors at Operation Awesome. I absolutely loved doing this. It is one of the great honors of my life. However, since Twitter has been taken over, finding my debut authors has been too difficult. I've been failing week after week. The stress is too much. I am leaving the role and possibly the team. Brandy is also leaving. And Kate is hoping to take on a role other than Dear O'Abby. So we need to search for new operatives We're looking for new team members!
If you would be so kind as to share the link and/or this tweet (X post), that would be greatly appreciated.

A to Z Challenge Happening at the A to Z Challenge
Zalka Csenge Virág and I both wanted this one! 
Oct 11: Myths and Legends Day
Be sure to check out the awesome post our Amazing Dr. Z has planned. 


  1. Yes, it is good for some basic tasks. But there are dangers of relying on it too much. And right it only has knowledge through 2021.

  2. That it has already learned to lie is a scary thing. You're right, who is to be believed?

  3. Scary stuff with AI. Good luck on the team member search!

  4. Plagiarism is a big issue with AI. That it can lie about it is even worse.

  5. It's scary that AI can lie. I can see AI being used to help in sciences, to help the human race, but not for the arts. That is a human expression.

  6. AI will only ever be as good as the person using it. I have played with it for writing ad copy and still have to do a fair bit of editing to it. And I use Prowritingaid for editing before I send to an editor. While not generative AI it is still AI. If you follow all of prowritingaid's suggestions you lose your voice. A writer needs to have a strong sense of voice and writing rules to keep their writing in tact while using the tool.

  7. I find a bit disappointing how there are many "writers" who use AI to write a full book, and the fact that Amazon decided to let people publishing Only 3 books a day to avoid so many AI generated books, feels like a feeble attempt to stop this madness.


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