From idea to inbox: writing with AI

How I utilize cutting-edge technology to write my newsletter

Edition #10. Approximate read time: 6 minutes

👋 Hey there!

This is the 10th edition of Bytes and Brew. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for being a part of this publication. It’s been a passion project for me with lots of rabbit holes I have explored. I plan on continuing to grow this publication, and I am looking forward to the next chapter.

I wanted to do something special for you this edition and provide a “behind the scenes” peek into my head as a writer and content creator. I want to show you how you can use AI to write a newsletter and inspire you to try this technology for yourself.

This can be extended to other forms of writing such as emails, blog posts, and even that book you’ve been trying to write for the past 2 years!

Let’s dive into it.

 

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If you’re not integrating AI into your writing workflow, I have one question for you:

What are you doing?

I have found leveraging AI to be extremely beneficial in multiple facets. For instance, I’ve leveraged it to help me spark that next level of creativity by fleshing out ideas, finding words to “fill in the blanks”, and so much more.

In this edition, I will be showing you not only how I write a newsletter, but how I use AI to support the holistic development and proofing of each article.

» First, a quick note on AI usage – remember that the ethics of this topic are nuanced and heavily debated. As with everything, there are strong viewpoints regardless of what your initial impression is. However, I hope to provide my viewpoint on how AI is truly beneficial and can be used for good to remove any fears, doubts, and misconceptions surrounding this emerging technology.

When I write this newsletter, I leverage various kinds of artificial intelligence, namely generative AI (i.e. large language models such as ChatGPT and Claude 2 and image generation services such as Midjourney and DALL-E 3).

Leveraging this technology not only makes me a stronger writer but also acts as a copywriter for me to do things such as proof each edition and express myself in a way that resonates with you.

For each edition, I follow a framework that helps me be successful in creating intentional content:

  1. Ideation phase generation. In each edition, I think of a topic that I want to discuss. I then feed this topic into ChatGPT with relevant context. This context can include what the newsletter is about, the audience demographics, and writing samples to understand the tone.

Prompt: “I am writing a 500-word newsletter on {topic}. {additional context}. Please provide 15 sub-topics that will support the main topic.”

  1. Iterative Development Phase: This phase is an evolving cyclical phase consisting of drafting, prompting, reviewing, and integrating text and ideas into the newsletter.

In this phase, I write out an initial draft consisting of what I want to write, then use GPT as a continuous feedback loop. This helps solidify main concepts and identifies areas of opportunity within the writing such as grammar and/or sentence structure.

Prompt: “You are an editor for my newsletter. I want you to {task} the following paragraph: {block of text}.”

Note: {task} could be proofing, grammar identification, ideation generation, consolidating ideas, etc.

It’s important to break up long-form pieces of content. This will provide ChatGPT with a digestible snapshot so that it doesn’t get overwhelmed by too much information, which can lead to diverging from the overarching topic.

Following this, I’ll parse through GPT’s output and determine what’s actionable and integrative. If GPT’s feedback suits the purpose of my narrative, I will re-prompt it as needed. Otherwise, I will write GPT’s response(s) and seamlessly blend the text into my tone and style.

By the end of this cyclic and iterative process, I will have a newsletter article that I would feel comfortable and proud to deliver to your inbox.

While leveraging AI to write can be beneficial, keep in mind the intention behind using AI to supplement your writing style, tone, and purpose. Primarily it should be used as a resource to further enhance the content and messaging that you’re trying to convey.

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The images provided in this edition are courtesy of Ashley Orehek.

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“A family of black bears at a birthday party on a mountaintop, papercut

 

 

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“A cloud, sun, moon, raindrop, and lightning bolt enjoying each other's company during a lunchtime picnic at the playground, cartoon, cute

 

 

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