Pros and Cons for Authors Using ChatGPT

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ChatGPT for book writing

By Susan Dean and her faithful companion ChatGPT

As a publisher and business owner I am keen to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and stay in touch with authors’ needs and wants. We all know that Ai is a disruptor in many ways, but let’s be honest, Ai is here to stay, and I aim to keep a human-centric approach while staying fresh and current investigating the latest tech. 

For fun I decided to ask ChatGPT this question: What are the pros and cons for author’s using ChatGPT to write their book?

Here is what it generated. (For full disclosure …ChatGPT generated the pros and cons, and I wrote the rest). 

Using ChatGPT to write a book can have both pros and cons, depending on the specific context and goals of the author. Here’s a breakdown:


  1. Idea Generation: ChatGPT can help authors generate ideas and overcome writer’s block by providing prompts, suggestions, and alternative perspectives.
  2. Writing Assistance: It can assist authors in drafting outlines, developing characters, and crafting dialogue. ChatGPT can also help with grammar and sentence structure, acting as a virtual writing assistant.
  3. Efficiency: ChatGPT can increase writing efficiency by quickly generating content based on the author’s input. This can speed up the writing process, especially for authors who struggle with productivity or time constraints.
  4. Creativity Boost: ChatGPT’s ability to generate diverse responses can inspire authors with new creative directions and plot twists they might not have considered otherwise.
  5. Feedback and Review: Authors can use ChatGPT to get feedback on their writing or to review drafts, helping them identify areas for improvement or refine their ideas.


  1. Lack of Originality: There’s a risk that relying too heavily on ChatGPT could result in writing that lacks originality or feels derivative, as the AI generates content based on existing patterns in its training data.
  2. Quality Control: ChatGPT may produce grammatically correct but nonsensical or irrelevant content, especially when given vague or ambiguous prompts. Authors need to carefully review and refine the output to ensure coherence and relevance.
  3. Dependency: Depending too much on ChatGPT could lead to a dependency on the AI for creative and critical thinking tasks, potentially hindering the author’s own development and growth as a writer.
  4. Limited Context Understanding: ChatGPT lacks contextual understanding and may not grasp the nuances of the author’s specific project or audience, leading to misinterpretations or inappropriate suggestions.

Ethical Considerations: There are ethical concerns surrounding the use of AI-generated content, particularly in terms of plagiarism, copyright infringement, and transparency about the AI’s contribution to the work.

In conclusion, while ChatGPT can be a valuable tool for authors, it’s essential to use it judiciously and in conjunction with human creativity and critical thinking. Authors should carefully consider the pros and cons before integrating AI assistance into their writing process.

Not bad, hey? I even agree with this machine learning brain. I guess no matter what way we look at it, Ai is here to stay and is shaping the publishing industry. Of course, the challenges and ethical guidelines need to be considered and honed. I have no doubt we will see the evolution of the legal system too – concerns regarding plagiarism, copyright infringement, and transparency about the AI’s contribution to the work. Publishers and authors and the entire publishing industry will need to establish some fair and ethical guidelines that allow authors to protect their work and creativity without limiting their freedom to use Ai tools to enhance their business. It’s a big topic and it will certainly evolve rapidly. In the meantime, I will remain human- and heart-centred while embracing the brilliance of Ai.

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