Artificial intelligence (AI) can do a lot of cool things, but can AI write stories?
Yes, AI can write stories. AI is powered by machine-learning algorithms that absorbed billions of data points from the internet, including story structure, story logic, and story writing. Based on instructions and guidance, AI can generate scenes, short stories, fanfiction, screenplays, and novels.
There are five good reasons why AI can write fiction. We’re going to prove it with examples.
5 Reasons Why AI Can Write Stories (Updated for Today)
There are five good reasons why AI can write stories.
I know it’s hard to believe. I felt skeptical myself, at first. But, after testing several AI writers, I now firmly know that they can write stories.
Here are those five reasons:
1. AI can write stories with very little human guidance or involvement
AI writers take data and convert it into stories, without needing much human direction.
This is not true for all types of writing, but the software does not require much input to learn the creative process of storytelling.
2. AI can write stories by finding data and generating content from it
AI writers take textual, statistical, or image data as input to create relevant stories for a target audience.
Data comes in various forms, such as scraped from the internet or input in the “brief” section of some AI writers.
3. AI can write stories quickly
When story data is provided, the computer generates a fully written article, anecdote, short story, or chapter in minutes. For instance, I had one writer create over 20 micro-stories within 12 hours.
It was impressive!
4. AI can write stories that are personalized
Many AI writers analyze the writing style of a specific author to detect writing patterns.
If enough data is provided, they can even learn how to mimic voice and tone in order to generate content that is unique for each individual author.
5. AI can write stories in almost any language
You might think that story-writing in a different language is a difficult task.
However, you may be surprised to know that AI can write stories in almost any language, including Japanese, Arabic, or even Klingon.
Pros and Cons of AI-Written Stories
AI-written stories aren’t all sunshine and jellybeans.
They come with their own set of cons that you need to be aware of before diving into this new trend.
Let’s take a look at both sides.
|100% Original||Needs guidance|
|Access to worldwide data||Needs fact-checked|
|Knows about many topics||Limited by programming|
|Follows patterns||Writes shorter stories (unless you repeat guidance)|
|Saves mental energy and effort||Requires human input|
|10X faster||Doesn’t write adult content|
With a bit of upfront instruction and occasional direction, AI writers can blow you away with creative stories.
AI-written stories tend to be unique and completely unpredictable.
That’s because AI taps into an unimaginable storehouse of worldwide data to create stories.
Human writers face limits of their personal experience and knowledge. But AI pulls data about any and all topics.
Authors have always struggled with the issue of making sure there are enough multicultural characters on the page—but what if an AI was able to incorporate all races automatically?
It could come up with a story that’s never been told before with the perfect mix of characters, action, description, and dialogue.
AI can also write stories about made-up characters or real people because it’s pulling information from their biographies and life. Since these machine-learning algorithms follow patterns, you can easily teach an AI writer to produce entire scenes.
You never need to worry about writer’s block. AI will give you ideas and flesh them out into paragraphs and pages. So, instead of overcoming laziness in writing, you can embrace it.
Ultimately, the biggest advantage of an AI-written story is speed.
AI can produce an entire story in a matter of minutes. Or an entire novel or script in a few days.
That means your next best-selling novel could be written by a machine in no time at all.
Now, this might not sound like the most appealing prospect to you, but remember that humans are still needed to guide, edit, and publish these stories.
Plus, you can crank out 10-20 (or more) short stories a month. Or 10-12 (or more) novels per year. Think about the earning possibilities with such a massive increase in productivity.
The AI software needs some instruction and guidance along the way. This means that the program still needs human input to work.
While there’s no limit to what an AI can do, it can’t go above and beyond its original programming or come up with something completely new (although it is 100% original content).
There are also certain rules that an AI-written story can’t break or follow due to its programming.
For example, the software will always follow the rules of grammar and sentence structure because that’s what it was programmed to do—so there isn’t much room for unexpected grammar.
Another example is that some AI won’t write sex scenes. You’ll probably have to write any “adult” content yourself.
Also, AI-written stories tend to be very short. You’ll need to click that “compose” or “generate” button repeatedly to write longer stories.
Lastly, you will need to fact-check most AI writers.
Can AI Write Meaningful Stories?
Yes, AI can write meaningful stories with emotion, drama, and conflict.
We have all seen computer programs that are capable of playing board games or doing algorithm analysis, but when it comes to writing good literature, there is still a lot of questions.
AI writes meaningful stories by understanding and writing stories based on a deep understanding of story structure, narrative logic, and emotional involvement.
Every AI-written story can include the essential elements of dramatic fiction:
- Active and motivated protagonist(s)
- Active and motivated antagonist(s) or villain(s)
- Clear story goal
- High stakes or consequences for failure
- Internal and external conflict
- Complications and sub-plots
- Climax and resolution
These are all things that AI can understand and work with based on the source material you provide.
AI can also write in any POV: first person, third person, omniscient, etc.
Examples of AI Written Stories
The best way to know if AI can write stories is to see a few examples.
So, I thought I’d share a few stories I wrote with one of the AI writers I use on a daily basis. These three stories might not be perfect, but they do show the potential of AI.
Remember, the better writing you input into AI, the better output AI will give you.
Example #1: The Teddy Bear
Jimmy sat crosslegged on the floor at the foot of his bed while he packed things into his backpack. He was very careful to place things in their designated spots so that everything would fit.
Papers went here, clothes went there, and snacks went in one corner—just like Mommy had shown him. One by one, he placed things into the backpack and made sure that the items fit in perfectly.
He was very careful because he didn’t want anything to break when he picked up the bag, and Mommy wouldn’t be happy if she was late to work because she had to fix something for him.
Jimmy picked up his backpack and slung it over his shoulder. “I’m ready!” he said.
“Jimmy, I think you forgot something.”
He turned back to see his mother in the doorway, her eyebrow raised. He looked around, searching for something that he might have missed before finally noticing the stuffed bear resting against the pillow in his bed.
There’s no way she could have known.
Example #2: Kissing Sunshine
I walk through my favorite bookstore with a stack of books I’ve been dying to read. They’re neatly piled in my arms, the perfect height to give me an excuse to stay indoors.
It’s sunny and bright outside, but the cool air conditioning in the bookstore keeps me completely comfortable.
I check out the new arrivals section before settling into one of the giant, cushy chairs to browse my new books. I lean back in the chair, turning so I can see out the front window. I love people-watching. Yet, the store is pretty empty at this time of day—perfect for reading in peace.
I’m almost done with the first page of The Call when someone or something knocks into my chair.
Books topple on the floor, and I hear the bells of the front door ring. There’s a flash of light across my vision and I stand up, blinking to get rid of the bright spots dancing in my eyes.
A boy with wavy brown hair walks towards me. His lean body moves fluidly. Brown, earthy eyes lock with mine. I can’t stop staring.
He stops inches away from me and leans in. “Are you okay?”
He’s even cuter up close—tall and lean with the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen.
Example #3: The Jordan Conspiracy
An office building in downtown Los Angeles houses the businesses of countless companies and wealthy individuals. It is most known for its state-of-the-art security system which can detect any person attempting to enter with weapons or incendiary devices.
At 8:06 am yesterday morning, that system went quiet for exactly ten minutes.
The kill was nearly flawless, with only one person in the office knowing how it happened.
Just this morning, Jordan’s former handler sent him a short text along with a recorded video of the events that took place in the office building.
The video clip showed a highly skilled assassin enter the building, navigate swiftly to the top floor, and take out multiple bodyguards before finishing off the main target.
He frowned. The video raised more questions than it answered.
However, there is one thing Jordan knew for sure: he was officially out of retirement.
This video shows another example of an AI-written story:
Can AI Write Novels?
The short answer is yes, it can.
The most advanced current AI creates original sentences based on statistical word frequencies and context clues.
After you give it a prompt, the AI chooses words based on its own internal memory. It’s like having a brilliant and talented co-author.
It is worth noting that human beings are still needed to direct and edit the works of AI—however, AI significantly assists and accelerates the creation process.
Can AI Write Screenplays?
Yes, AI can write screenplays for TV and movies.
By following their programming and input from the user, AI can generate script titles, characters, scenes, dialogue, and more.
The more frequently a user inputs their creative preferences and genre choices, the more accurately AI will generate scripts with those preferences.
In the same way that AI can write novels, it can also write screenplays. Need to write a character with a Russian accent? AI has you covered. Need to write an action scene on a submarine or a romantic scene at the top of the Eifel Tower? AI can help.
Personally, I’ve used AI writers to generate entire scripts following my storytelling and voice.
I highly recommend you checking out how they can work for you.
Can AI Write Funny Stories?
Yes, AI can write funny stories.
AI can learn and mimic the humor patterns of professional comedy writers and stand-up comedians.
Let’s take a simple example:
Dave was on a first date with Ellen. He had never been more excited in his life because he thought she was his perfect match. On the night of the date, Dave was about to tell Ellen about his allergy to cats and see how she would react, when she blurted out, “I have a lot of cats.”
Dave didn’t know what to say. He just nodded, feeling an unstoppable urge to sneeze. Not now.
“You okay?” asked Ellen quizzically.
“Um, yeah. YES,” Dave said, a little too loud. Did I just shout at her?
He swiped at his lips with his napkin. “Sorry. I…I just love cats.”
It’s probably helpful to keep in mind that humor is pretty subjective. Some people love light jokes while others prefer dry or dark humor.
The Best AI Writer for Stories
The best AI writer for stories is Jasper (formally called Jarvis).
Jasper is the most intelligent and creative AI writer available today. Jasper can write stories that are interesting and engaging to read.
Here are some of the reasons I love using Jasper to write short stories, fanfiction, screenplays, or novels:
- Analyzes sentences, paragraphs, and overall structure.
- Copies your voice, writing style, and other unique patterns.
- Writes 100% original stories that pass any plagiarism checkers.
- Writes any genre, including comedy, romance, horror, suspense, thriller, and more.
- You can choose from unlimited tone of voice options (so that you can write scary scenes with the “voice” of Stephen King and the romantic scenes like Nicholas Sparks).
Final Thoughts: Can AI Write Stories?
There are many different (and good) AI writers. I’ve tested and used AI writers for blog posts, poetry, screenwriting, marketing, social media posts, and video scripts for YouTube.
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