When it comes to creative writing, it’s crucial to allow your imagination and ideas to flow freely onto the page. This unfettered flow is what gives your work its authenticity, a true reflection of your heart, mind, soul, and the effort you put into your manuscript. 

But as you continue to write, a red line appears.  Then, a blue line.  Then, out of nowhere, a dark green line suggests you rewrite your previous paragraph.  Distracted by all the colors now populating the screen, your momentum dies, and you spend most of your time “fixing” these issues to get rid of the colorful lines that are like a grammar-based game of Whack-a-Mole.

Ugh.

While these programs are helpful in the long run when it comes to writing that first draft…TURN IT OFF!

It’s Distracting

Those colorful lines, while well-meaning, can mess with your head if you’re not careful.  Doubts can creep into your head as you attempt to ignore those intrusive indicators that something’s wrong with what you just wrote, even if what you wrote looks fine.

It’s fine to turn this tool on after you’re done writing so you can decide whether to change or dismiss the suggestions, but in the heat of creativity, one less annoyance will only help you get the work done.

It Disrupts Your Creative Flow

This ties into these programs being distracting, but most A.I. assistants are programmed to help with business documents, emails, and essays. A novel or short story isn’t their primary focus, so when you’re crafting a compelling sequence in your story and red, blue, and green lines appear, they are more than likely suggesting a more professional way of stating what you’ve written.    

But you’re not writing an email to your boss or a report for the Legal Department.  This is why turning it off when working on a creative project will ensure you can stay in the zone and not second-guess what you’re writing.  Again, it’s fine to turn it back on during the editing phase, but keep that program locked away during the initial drafts.  

Dialogue

Your characters shouldn’t sound like they are reading quotes from an essay with perfect grammar, syntax, or even spelling at times.  You want to make sure that your characters feel real and have free reign to speak how they need to to serve your story.

This aspect of the creative writing process is another reason these programs should be turned off until the editing begins.  That way, you can ignore suggestions that make your characters sound like an HR manual instead of people as you refine your work in each draft.

Final Thoughts

These A.I. Writing Assistants are valuable tools, but they can do more harm than good when it comes to creative writing.  Consider turning this feature off as you write your rough and first draft, doing the editing yourself.  Then, when you turn the program back on, you can either use or dismiss the suggested changes.  

Remember, you don’t have to do what the A.I. says.  Your humanity and creativity should always come first.

Happy Writing, and I’ll see you next time! 

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