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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Webster

How I Write with ChatGPT - It's Simple

One of the misconceptions about generative AI is that you need to be a rocket scientist to use it, but nothing could be further from the truth. You do not need to be a "Prompt Engineer" but just curious about what it can do for you and how it can help you. I've written this primarily for those who have not had the chance to use ChatGPT or similar tools.

While the software itself involves a huge amount of complexity that I confess I don't fully understand, it doesn't stop me or anyone else from using it.

If you can write emails or send texts, then there is no reason why you can't become proficient at using AI in a short space of time. Here, I will explain a few of the simple techniques that you can use to explore what works for you.

  1. You can ask ChatGPT to write something on your behalf. Just type into the prompt what you want and let it go ahead. What comes back is normally satisfactory, although it may not be exactly to your taste or style.

  2. Ask ChatGPT to rewrite the piece in a particular manner, for example, as a lawyer or as a journalist. Alternatively, ask it to write in a particular style, like the vernacular. You can then consider the results and see if they are an improvement on what you originally had.

  3. What you have done so far may already be enough, but perhaps you want to personalize it a bit more. You can cut and paste the output from ChatGPT into a Word document and make the alterations as you wish.

  4. Something I find particularly helpful is to dictate what I wish to say into a Word document and then copy it straight into ChatGPT. You can then ask it to correct the spelling, grammar, and syntax, leaving the rest unchanged, and it will give you the new version as requested. Alternatively, you can ask it to improve and make changes that make the document easier to understand, at the level of a 10-year-old, at the level of a graduate, or just ask it to make improvements as it sees fit.

  5. As you can see, there is very little to it. Just converse with ChatGPT as you would a work colleague, and you can't really go wrong. The more you use it, the easier it becomes. It will save you a lot of time, and I think you will be impressed with the results if you've not tried it.

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