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Making ChatGPT Sound More Human – Guidance for Writers

Ryan Casey Marketing Specialist
#Digital Marketing, #Industry Insights, #News & Culture, #Blogging
Published on August 30, 2023
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While ChatGPT signifies a remarkable leap in AI for content creation and is without a doubt powerful and exciting, it is important to remember that ChatGPT is simply a tool, and you are still the driver behind the creation.

In the rapidly evolving digital content landscape, creators are continuously exploring innovative AI tools to produce engaging narratives. Amidst this backdrop, OpenAI's ChatGPT, an advanced AI language model, emerges as a promising collaborator in written content creation.

However, to truly harness its capabilities, it’s vital to recognize that while ChatGPT is AI-powered and advanced, it cannot be used as the sole content writer for a piece. Instead, it's most effective when viewed as a sophisticated editor meshing with a creator's distinct writing style. This partnership between man and machine is powerful, but it takes practice to fully master the tact it takes to work with ChatGPT. We at Diagram have not shied away from this partnership and have learned to work with artificial intelligence in our work (this blog post included). Diving deeper, let's explore the nuances of this collaboration and how we at Diagram optimize the synergy between human creativity and ChatGPT's AI prowess. 


Brainstorming Ideas with ChatGPT 

First and foremost, understanding ChatGPT's role in the content creation process is paramount. Envision it not merely as an AI chatbot but as a paintbrush, while capable of producing masterpieces, it does best under the artist's guidance. Your initial duty is to grasp your content's essence. Are you delineating a solution, offering insights, or unfolding a story? Establishing this core theme provides direction. Next, discerning your target audience becomes pivotal. Whether you're speaking to tech aficionados, new parents, or globe-trotting travelers, tuning your message to resonate with their aspirations, needs, and pain points elevates your content's impact.

While we do recommend the human behind the work does most of the brainstorming, ChatGPT can be helpful here, too. ChatGPT can be asked to generate a list of related ideas based on the one you, the human, came up with. For example, ChatGPT can be asked to “create a list detailing what may be relevant to a website developer looking to upgrade their CMS,” and it will return ideas like “Current CMS limitations, data migration, scalability,” and so much more. While you still need to be the originator of what the essence of your content is, ChatGPT is helpful in expanding upon your ideas. 


Crafting Perfect Prompts for ChatGPT 

Many believe that the feeder prompt is the crux when collaborating with ChatGPT. AI-generated content needs a clear roadmap. It needs to perfectly reflect your intended purpose, outline, and outcomes of your content. Begin by setting a clear thesis, granting ChatGPT insight into your content's core and intention. For instance, "I aim to enlighten young entrepreneurs on different digital marketing strategies they should utilize when starting a business." This sentence identifies the target audience, the core purpose, and the scope, which gives the AI a starting point to begin writing. Next, it is important to delineate the terrain for ChatGPT. List the crucial points and the key ideas your audience should take away from your content. A directive like "Highlight these essential points: 1. CMS integration's pivotal role in digital marketing, 2. The need for a marketing strategy in starting a business, 3. Research on your target market is needed" establishes a clear path for ChatGPT's output.

Beneath this, list your salient research findings and pivotal concepts. It’s vital to keep ChatGPT updated with your research since it isn't trained with real-time data. Directives, such as “Integrate these statistics: 1. Sixty-four percent of marketers report they invest in social media communities, 2. Seventy-one percent of marketers say using strategic keywords was their number one strategy for SEO” arm ChatGPT with current data, ensuring relevancy. ChatGPT’s power comes from its AI Language Model capabilities and its ability to read and replicate human text. It understands where statistics and data fit into the wider narrative, so simply listing the information ensures ChatGPT will correctly tell your story.  


Personalizing ChatGPT’s Words 

With the thesis, key ideas, and research written into the prompt, the AI is ready to go. Now, ChatGPT’s response will not be the final product by any means. First, it needs to pass an initial sniff test. Begin an assessment of its work to determine if the content is correct, relevant, and consistent in tone. Is the content substantial and engaging? If what ChatGPT gave you resembles what you would have written from scratch, it’s time to commence the art of personalization. Each creator possesses a unique narrative style and a distinct cadence. Infuse this into ChatGPT's output. Rearrange sections for better flow, refine word choices for enhanced relatability, and sprinkle in anecdotes or real-life parallels to root the content in authenticity.

Despite its human-like text generation, ChatGPT occasionally retains a robotic cadence, and it is your job to edit its work to sound human. One way to do that is to make mistakes. ChatGPT is an expert grammarian, but most humans aren’t. Go into the work and add mistakes. This may sound counterproductive, but no one is perfect, and that needs to be reflected in the writing. Where it makes sense, add interesting syntax, include regional dialects, crack a joke or two, do anything to make the work messy and human.  


Achieving Flawless AI-Generated Writing 

Upon completion, you will hopefully have a final product that successfully blends the work of human ingenuity and machine learning. While this new technology signifies a remarkable leap in AI tools for content creation and is without a doubt powerful and exciting, it is important to remember that ChatGPT is simply a tool, and you are still the driver behind the creation. Where ChatGPT really shines is turning the outline of your work, the feeder prompt, into paragraph format. It can give you assistance in the flow of your ideas and how to transition between them. But ultimately, your ideas and voice still need to do the heavy lifting. ChatGPT is definitely an upgrade to the content creation process. It speeds up the work and makes all our lives easier, but we can’t retire just yet. Leverage ChatGPT judiciously, but stay actively engaged in the crafting process.