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Note: Below, is a reprint of an email I sent to paid KDSPY users. If you use ghostwriters in your publishing business, give it a read.
August 26th, 2022:
It’s been another productive week for me, and I’m pleased to say that my earlier “back issues” from last week are a thing of the past.
For now, at least.
I saw a massage therapist on Monday and my local Chiropractor on Tuesday. The next day, I didn’t have any pain or tingling in my legs at all.
I can’t tell you what a relief that is … now I can actually get some meaningful work done without being in agony.
Anyhow, as I’m finishing for the day, I wanted to share…
Something that I’ve been testing this week.
This will be particularly helpful for you — if you use “Ghostwriters” or struggle with “writer’s block” and are looking for alternative solutions.
First, a little backstory:
About a year ago, I signed up to an “AI writing program” called: Jasper. It was originally called: Jarvis, but they had to change the name after being too closely aligned to Tony Stark (Iron Man).
I’m always intrigued by new software developments like this…
But for over a year now, I’ve been paying for this thing every month — and haven’t even used it.
Initially, I had a little play with it and thought how cool it was.
But I’ve never really got into the whole AI thing as a benefit for me as a writer, so I forgot about it.
Well, a few days ago, I saw a YouTube video about a top copywriter who has been using it as part of his brainstorming sessions…
So decided to check it out again based on his workflow.
And I’m slowly beginning to change my mind on it.
In some circumstances, anyway.
You see, for me…
Writing is a form of meditation.
It’s become my “happy place.”
I’ll set myself a schedule of uninterrupted time, put on my headphones, and sink into a land of “writing bliss” … disconnected from the outside world.
After 45 minutes of flow state writing, I’m often surprised to find about 70% of the 2000 words I’ve written to be usable during an edit. And having a constant pace of writing for 45 mins in a flow state is like a “drug” to me.
It’s addictive. And it’s had amazing long-term benefits, like:
- Clarity of thought
- Better communication
- Improved writing ability, etc.
My point is — you can’t replicate that as a writer when relying upon Artificial Intelligence writing tools.
You’re just writing commands and pushing buttons. It’s mindless. And delivers no long-term benefit if you are a serious writer that wants to improve.
That said — apart from research, AI does have its uses…
As a logical replacement for Ghostwriters.
I realize that not everyone would class themselves as a “writer.”
I didn’t class myself as a writer until about 8 years ago. It wasn’t until I actually started to write a lot of my own website content, books and emails … that I realised how much I enjoyed it. And how much better at it I was than any ghostwriter I’d ever used.
So, that was my journey into finding my love for writing.
I just did it. A lot. And improved over time.
Unfortunately, many self-publishers lack the writing skills to express their thoughts coherently and turn to ghostwriters as a way to get their books done.
Ghostwriters have their problems. There’s not a week that goes by … where I don’t hear a self-publisher complaining about the quality of the work they’ve just received back. And then there are the exorbitant fees and long waiting times to get your first draft.
Jasper is an excellent alternative if you want to escape that.
Writer’s block is now a thing of the past, too.
This was an eye-opener for me.
When I was playing with Jasper this week, and learning more about how it works, how AI thinks and what inputs are required to get the best results…
I was amazed to see how it can “finish your sentences.”
And even start new ones if you get stuck on what to say. The crazy thing is, I often found myself saying…
“Wow, that’s articulated better than what I would have said.”
I plan to explore Jasper more over the coming weeks and months and will keep you posted. But, for now, I believe this is the best alternative for self-publishers that use ghostwriters.
Jasper can not only help with an outline for your book — it’ll produce a pretty good “plagiarism-free” first draft faster than any ghostwriter will.
And a lot cheaper, too.
As a research tool for copy briefs, outlines, content ideas, titles and getting past writers block … it’s a damn good assistant that I plan on utilising.
The downside though?
That will destroy your own thinking and writing ability long-term.
And that is why I will not be using it as a replacement for my “happy place.”
If you’re intrigued, you can learn more about Jasper here.
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