ChatGPT for writers (and entrepreneurs)

A guide to maximizing your creative workflow

As a writer or entrepreneur, your time is precious, and efficiency is key. ChatGPT can be your secret weapon for streamlining your writing process, from book drafts to business documents. Here’s how to make the most out of this revolutionary tool.

Uploading large documents with ease

Uploading extensive documents to ChatGPT can be done in two effective ways.

Firstly, divide and conquer – simply cut your document into parts. This could mean uploading a book chapter or a substantial blog post at a time. To prevent ChatGPT from prematurely processing the text, clarity in your instructions is crucial. Begin by stating your intent, such as “I’m about to upload a book with 12 chapters; here’s the first one. Don’t do anything yet, just reply with ‘next’ so I can upload the next chapter.” Once you’ve provided context, proceed with the upload, and continue with a systematic approach for the entire manuscript. At the end you can ask ChatGPT to summarise or analyse the document, create social media posts about it etc.

The second strategy involves using ChatGPT-4’s ability to read PDFs through a plugin. Once installed, you can easily share a PDF link and instruct ChatGPT to perform various tasks, such as summarizing, translating, or answering specific queries related to the document.

After uploading your work, the possibilities are endless. ChatGPT can dissect your book’s themes and contents, suggest SEO-friendly titles and subtitles, and even conjure up an engaging blurb or back cover text. Struggling with social media posts or preparing discussion prompts for a book club? ChatGPT has got you covered.

Crafting the perfect prompts

A good prompt (instruction or question) is important for ChatGPT and other AI tools. Many writers and entrepreneurs have tried it once, were not satisfied with the result, and have sort of given up on it. That’s a pity! Because the real power lies in giving feedback. You can really have a conversation with ChatGPT. And the beauty is, once it learns something, it never forgets!

The effectiveness of ChatGPT strongly depends on the prompts (commands/questions) you give. Be as specific as possible. A vague prompt like “edit this chapter” can result in a text that loses your own voice and style. A better approach? Use a prompt like: “Can you edit this chapter of my book while staying close to the original tone? You may move things around, but do not leave out parts of the story without discussing it with me first.” You can even have a ‘discussion’ with ChatGPT afterwards, by asking questions like “Why did you move this?” or “I miss this example, why did you leave that out?” which gives you really good feedback and allows it to adjust the piece to your wishes.

Simplifying complex language

ChatGPT’s versatility allows you to tailor the style of the text to your needs. Whether you’re aiming for a more casual tone, a humorous spin, or need to simplify complex language (tip: ask ChatGPT to explain the subject to children or non-native speakers), ChatGPT adapts seamlessly to your requirements.

Clarifying your book’s core message

When it’s time to refine your book pitch or back cover, ChatGPT can provide a concise summary, identify your target audience, and define the core themes. This is especially helpful when you need a fresh perspective on your narrative. It can even rate each chapter on a scale of 1 – 10, so you know where to focus next.

From whispered thoughts to structured notes

For those who prefer dictation, ChatGPT, paired with WhisperMemos, offers a state-of-the-art dictation experience. Even if your ideas are initially scattered, ChatGPT can help organize your transcribed notes into coherent text, tailored to the context of your project. I have installed ChatGPT on my phone to have quick access. I record short voice notes or instructions, which it can then execute in any language.

Identifying inconsistencies

ChatGPT excels at finding inconsistencies in any body of text. Whether it’s a full-length novel or a set of legal documents for a business acquisition, ChatGPT meticulously scans for any discrepancies in legal terms, character development, plot points, historical facts, or writing style.

Elevating your writing

By feeding a sample of your writing to ChatGPT, it can analyze and emulate your style. Utilize this analysis to instruct ChatGPT to craft new content that resonates with your unique voice, enhancing the quality and consistency of your work.

Incorporating ChatGPT into your writing or business routine opens up a world of efficiency and creativity. Embrace this tool, and watch as it transforms the way you approach your writing and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Want more ChatGPT tips for your book, business, and daily life?

Read the (Dutch) article and 20 practical tips I wrote for the Dutch Writers magazine. I also host a live online workshop where I’ll show you the latest possibilities and practical tips & tricks, as well as answer your questions. As soon as you sign up for the ‘Digital Delegation’ workshop, you’ll receive some videos that you can use to start working with ChatGPT right away. During the live online workshop, I’ll answer any remaining questions, give more examples and help each participant take the next step.

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