“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” –George Burns
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this post!
There are so many cool things that I want to share with you!
What does AI have to do with my serial research?
Open Your Mind
A week ago, I was not okay with AI.
I was scared of technology. I thought it was going to throw a wrench in all of my creative plans.
I’m still not the biggest fan of some elements, but I have changed my mindset.
Technology is here to stay.
It’s going to keep progressing, and if we creatives want to keep going with what we do best, we must also progress.
And so, I introduce to you what my dad showed me today:
OpenAI is a really fun and cool tool.
You can use it to generate anything in written form, at least in this section of the website.
Try it for yourself here!
I recommend being as direct as possible, at least for your first couple of requests. But if you use it as I did, you can use fewer words, and the AI will still get what you want.
For example, one of my direct requests was as follows:
“Outline an inciting incident, progressive complication, turning point crisis, climax, and resolution for serial episode one of the girl who sees ghosts with the summary: Introduction to the main character and her ability to see ghosts. She struggles to understand and control her gift.”
Once I did that a few times, I decided to try:
“Outline and episode with the summary: The main character begins to communicate with a ghost who haunts her childhood home. The ghost reveals that she was murdered by her husband.”
And it outlined an entire episode with all the beats I mentioned above.
How I’m Using OpenAI
I am researching AI and figuring out how I’m going to use it for future projects.
I requested 40 serial episodes about a girl who sees ghosts.
What I was given were 25 1/2 one-sentence summaries for exactly what I asked for before it “ran out of room”. Or reached a word limit. That is what I am assuming happened.
In my next question, I asked for the remaining summaries, and that is what I got!
I cannot tell you how much I was screaming, and clapping, I was so excited.
See for yourself:
My AI-Generated Episode Summaries:
- Episode 1: Introduction to the main character and her ability to see ghosts. She struggles to understand and control her gift.
- Episode 2: The main character begins to communicate with a ghost who haunts her childhood home. The ghost reveals that she was murdered by her husband.
- Episode 3: The main character and the ghost team up to gather evidence and bring the killer to justice. They encounter challenges and obstacles along the way.
- Episode 4: The main character and the ghost confront the killer and bring him to trial. The main character learns to accept and embrace her gift.
- Episode 5: The main character uses her ability to help other ghosts find peace and move on to the afterlife.
- Episode 6: The main character meets a group of people with similar abilities and joins forces with them to help more ghosts.
- Episode 7: The main character falls in love with a member of the group and they work together to solve a particularly difficult case involving a ghost seeking revenge.
- Episode 8: The main character and her team face danger as they uncover a conspiracy involving a group of humans attempting to exploit ghosts for their own gain.
- Episode 9: The main character and her team succeed in stopping the conspiracy and the main character has a breakthrough in her personal development, learning to fully trust and rely on her abilities.
- Episode 10: The main character and her team continue to use their abilities to help ghosts and find closure, reflecting on all they have accomplished and looking forward to the future.
- Episode 11: The main character is approached by a ghost from the past who needs her help solving a mystery from centuries ago.
- Episode 12: The main character travels back in time with the help of her abilities and the guidance of the ghost to uncover the truth and bring justice.
- Episode 13: The main character discovers a shocking revelation about her own ancestry and how it is connected to the mystery from the past.
- Episode 14: The main character must come to terms with the truth about her heritage and how it affects her present and future.
- Episode 15: The main character and her team investigate a haunted house and discover a dark history of abuse and murder.
- Episode 16: The main character and her team work to expose the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice, all while facing personal struggles and challenges.
- Episode 17: The main character meets a ghost with a special connection to her and learns about the power of forgiveness and redemption.
- Episode 18: The main character is confronted with a difficult decision about her own future and must decide what she truly wants.
- Episode 19: The main character and her team investigate a string of supernatural occurrences at a local high school and discover a sinister plot involving a cursed object.
- Episode 20: The main character and her team race against time to stop the curse from causing harm and must confront the person responsible for unleashing it.
- Episode 21: The main character reconnects with an old friend who has been possessed by a malevolent spirit.
- Episode 22: The main character and her team work to save the friend and banish the spirit, all while dealing with their own personal issues.
- Episode 23: The main character faces a moral dilemma when a ghost asks for her help in seeking revenge on the person who caused their death.
- Episode 24: The main character struggles with the ethics of helping a ghost take revenge and ultimately makes a difficult choice.
- Episode 25: The main character and her team investigate a haunted amusement park and uncover a dark history of accidents and tragedies.
- Episode 26: The main character and her team work to lay the ghosts of the amusement park to rest and confront the person responsible for their suffering.
- Episode 27: The main character meets a ghost who was a famous musician in life and helps him finish his final album.
- Episode 28: The main character and her team investigate a haunted theater and discover a ghostly love triangle.
- Episode 29: The main character and her team work to resolve the love triangle and help the ghosts find peace.
- Episode 30: The main character’s love interest reveals that he too has the ability to see ghosts and the two of them work together on a case.
- Episode 31: The main character and her team investigate a haunted hospital and uncover a sinister plot involving illegal organ trafficking.
- Episode 32: The main character and her team work to bring the perpetrators to justice and help the ghosts find closure.
- Episode 33: The main character meets a ghost who was a renowned scientist in life and helps him complete his final experiment.
- Episode 34: The main character and her team investigate a haunted mansion and uncover a dark secret involving a wealthy family.
- Episode 35: The main character and her team work to expose the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice, all while facing personal challenges.
- Episode 36: The main character meets a ghost who was a famous artist in life and helps him create one final masterpiece.
- Episode 37: The main character and her team investigate a haunted university and uncover a plot involving cheating and academic fraud.
- Episode 38: The main character and her team work to bring the perpetrators to justice and help the ghosts find closure.
- Episode 39: The main character and her team investigate a haunted museum and discover a ghostly conspiracy involving the theft of valuable artifacts.
- Episode 40: The main character and her team work to stop the theft and bring the perpetrators to justice, all while facing personal challenges and struggles.
My AI-Generated Outline
After this, I decided to ask the AI to write me an inciting incident, progressive complication, turning point crisis, climax, and resolution for a serial episode for the girl who sees ghosts using one of the summaries above at a time.
For the first episode, I got this:
Inciting incident: The girl is introduced as a character with the ability to see ghosts.
This event sets the story in motion and introduces the supernatural element that will drive the plot.
Progressive complication: As the girl struggles to understand and control her gift, she starts to feel overwhelmed and isolated.
She doesn’t know how to make the ghosts go away or how to prevent them from appearing. She starts to fear for her own safety and the safety of those around her.
Turning point crisis: The girl meets a mentor or guide who helps her learn more about her ability and how to use it responsibly.
She also learns that she is not the only one with this gift, and that there are others who can help her.
Climax: The girl learns to control her ability and uses it to help a ghost who is trying to communicate with her.
She is able to bring closure to the ghost’s unfinished business and find peace.
Resolution: The girl gains a better understanding of her ability and is able to use it to help others.
She is able to find acceptance and purpose in her gift.
The summary writing was beautiful work.
I fully intend to use almost everything when I write my serial.
However, even though the generated outline was cool, it never creates a story.
The first time, it didn’t even write a proper turning point.
After some more instruction, the only type of turning point it gave me was: “characters debate about whether they want to continue the adventure.”
The climax was always “they decide to continue the adventure.
Those two were constantly repeated.
Of course, this technology is evolving, and it will continue to do so.
Right now, it is a tool in the writer’s arsenal, but it isn’t perfect.
It is growing fast though, and we have to be faster.
Thank you for reading!
Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one!