Progress Update and Statement on AI Use in My Publishing

Not much progress this past week, though yesterday and today weren’t too bad. I’m currently 65% of the way through the write-in for the final part of this sequel to The Baker’s Wife.

(That’s a mouthful. Really looking forward to finalizing the title, lol.)

On a completely different note, there’s been some talk and quite a bit of controversy regarding AI in the online writer spaces I visit. I’m not going into the details here. All I’m going to mention in this post is that some writers are using AI in their writing now, and publishing what they’ve built using that technology. And some self-publishers are talking about using AI to make their covers.

I’ve looked into it a little. I’ve played with an AI art generator, but haven’t messed with ChatGPT or any other AI writing app. I’ve only heard the results of other writers’ experiments.

So far, I see AI, in the future, becoming indispensable for those who already know their craft. I don’t see a reason for me to use it now. The tech isn’t nearly mature enough.

And even if it were, I don’t currently see how it would benefit the way I approach writing. Those writers I respect who are using it say it’s like working with a co-writer, and right now, that doesn’t appeal.

Not to mention AI, when it comes to writing, still has one fatal flaw. Computers can’t grasp emotions and the nuances that come with them.

So, up to this date and for the foreseeable future, I will not be using AI to write my books.

This includes character generation, mapmaking, plot discovery and outlining, as well as the actual writing.

This applies strictly to me. I’m not going to judge any writer who finds AI helpful and uses it, even to help write books.

I also have no intention of using AI generated art to create my covers. However, I do use stock photos, which sometimes includes illustrations, and I’m aware that some stock art out now is AI generated. Because the legal aspects of AI still haven’t been worked out, I am going to do my best to avoid any artwork that looks like it might have been AI generated.

For now, I’m going to continue using stock art and designing my own covers until I can afford to pay a cover designer and/or illustrator.

What about you? What are your thoughts on AI?



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