7 Ways ChatGPT Can Help Fiction Writers

Last Updated on

July 15, 2023

There are countless people all over the world who secretly dream of writing their own books. Whether it’s short stories, novellas, or full-length novels, starting on your first work of fiction can seem like a daunting and formidable endeavor.

Where would you even start, if you’ve never written a book before?

Let's explore how you can use ChatGPT as a fiction author.

Picking Your Book Genre

The first thing you need to explore is your genre. Here is a list of popular genres that fiction writers see a lot of success in:

  • Romance
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror
  • Young Adult (YA)
  • Children's
  • Women's Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Crime/Noir
  • Humor/Satire
  • Westerns
  • Adventure
  • Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
  • Erotica

Once you’ve picked a genre that you’re interested in, the next part is easy. You just need to enlist ChatGPT’s help!

Steps to Writing a Fiction Book with ChatGPT

Step 1 - Ask ChatGPT to create a story idea

All you’ll need to do is use this prompt: “Create a story idea for a novel in the thriller niche.”

Once you hit ‘enter’, ChatGPT will go to work and in seconds, it will generate a rough story idea for you based on popular tropes in the genre.

Don’t expect it to create a full-fledged novel. This is just the beginning – and what you’re doing here is getting the ball rolling. You can keep regenerating responses until you see a story idea you like.

On to the next step…

Step 2 - Use ChatGPT for plot development

Now that you have a story idea, you’ll need to use your own imagination and creativity to come up with the story. However, even here, you can simplify the process by asking ChatGPT to give you a “full story with a chapter breakdown”.

This is an outline that you can then use to write your story. You could even ask ChatGPT to add red herrings in the story. This will ensure your novel is interesting, unpredictable and a page turner. The possibilities are endless.

Besides using ChatGPT for fiction writing, fiction writers can use it for several other purposes.

Step 3 - Use it to write an author bio

Writing a bio can be tricky. It has to be concise, yet interesting. Some authors may find it difficult to write about themselves. Once again, ChatGPT saves the day here.

You can ask it to write a bio for you. (See example below)

writing an author bio with chatgpt

Step 4 - To write better, you need to read more

But what will you read?

Let’s assume you’re in the romance genre and you’re focusing on historical romance. In order to understand what’s working, you’ll need to read bestselling books in the niche.

Instead of slogging away going through hundreds of titles on Amazon, you could just ask ChatGPT: “I’m an author in the historical romance genre. Give me a list of popular books in this niche that I should be reading to improve my work.”

These are some of the books recommended by ChatGPT:

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  • The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  • A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Now you have a reading list to work through. Easy peasy!

Step 5 - Generate Book cover design ideas with ChatGPT

If you’re not trained in graphic design, it goes without saying that book cover art MUST be outsourced to a professional. There are many sites like 99designs that will do great work for you.

However, you might wish to have an idea first before you talk to a designer. Let’s challenge ChatGPT here…

generate book cover ideas with chatgpt

Armed with an idea you like; you could approach a graphic designer and ask them to bring your idea to life. It’ll be easier than starting from scratch and your designer will be more likely to create a cover you like.

Step 6 - Creating Dialogue

Struggling to think up some engaging dialogue?

ChatGPT can easily cook up some for you. You just need to give it the right prompt. Let it know the personality of your characters and what they’re talking about – and ask ChatGPT to give you a few lines of dialogue.

Step 7 - Proofreading with ChatGPT

Before submitting your work to an editor, you can always use ChatGPT to proofread your content and correct any spelling and grammar mistakes. Ideally, you’ll want to do this in small chunks since ChatGPT does have limitations and handles smaller blocks of text better.

Proofreading each chapter with ChatGPT will keep the content ‘bite-sized’ enough for this powerful AI tool, and you’ll be on track in a more systematic manner.

By now you’ll realize just how useful ChatGPT can be. Not only does it do what’s mentioned above, but you could use it for author branding ideas, to get writing tips and much more.

Leverage this powerful tool to take your fiction writing and book marketing to the next level.