How AI is Transforming the Art of Storytelling - Mo Fanning Author
Artificial Intelligence (AI)

How AI is Transforming the Art of Storytelling

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to write stories (and even whole novels) has become a hot topic. Some see automation as a tool to help writers hone their craft, while others fear it may replace authors entirely. Regardless, there’s no denying AI has already made a significant impact on the world of writing and literature. It’s already making inroads into audiobook production.

One of the first AI-generated novels, “The Day A Computer Writes A Novel,” was published in Japan in 2016. This AI-generated book met with good reviews. Readers liked its compelling plot and realistic character development. Since then, many other AI-generated novels have been published, showcasing the potential of this technology.


For example, OpenAI’s GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3) is an AI language model that can generate high-quality text. It uses natural language processing algorithms to generate text that is coherent, grammatically correct and semantically meaningful. This technology can generate anything from poetry and song lyrics to news articles and fiction stories. “Sunspring” a science fiction movie script written by OpenAI is a haunting meditation on the meaning of life and technology.

In addition to writing full-fledged novels, the technology may help writers with aspects of their work. Using algorithms, AI can generate almost instant replies to questions. This has the potential to save authors countless hours of work and allow them to focus on the more creative aspects of their writing. Need to know divorce laws in California. Ask your favourite robot.

There are already tools available that can suggest plot twists, character names, and even entire storylines based on your input. And whilst you might not feel completely at ease letting a machine take the strain, these tools can be a valuable asset for writers looking to overcome writer’s block or simply looking for inspiration.

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AI limitations

One of the biggest limitations of artificial intelligence is its inability to truly understand human emotions and experiences. It lacks the capacity for empathy and introspection that are essential for crafting compelling, emotionally resonant stories.

While a machine can generate novel text based on existing patterns and data, it is unable to truly imagine new and unique scenarios. It knows what it knows. This results in a lack of originality and unpredictability.

There’s no room for nuances and subtleties, such as puns, jokes, and cultural references. These make a story engaging and relatable, and AI is not yet advanced enough to effectively incorporate them into its writing.

And most importantly, no matter how advanced AI becomes, it will never be able to replicate the unique voice and perspective of a human author.

Have you tried using AI? How did it work out?

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By Mo Fanning

Mo Fanning is a British author of dark romantic comedies including the Book of the Year nominated bestseller 'The Armchair Bride', 'Rebuilding Alexandra Small' and 2022's hit holiday romcom 'Ghosted'.

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