Author Embraces AI Writing, Says He Wrote 97 Mini-Novels With Chatbots Like ChatGPT
An author used AI chatbots ChatGPT and Anthropic's Claude to help write a series of books. The author, Tim Boucher, said that he used the smart tech to write 97 mini-novels in the last nine months. "My goal was straightforward: To craft a series of unique, captivating ebooks, merging dystopian pulp sci-fi with compelling AI world-building," Boucher wrote in a Newsweek article.
The author said that he used AI chatbots to help with brainstorming and text generation, while AI image generator Midjourney was used to illustrate the novels. "The ‘AI Lore books,’ as I’ve come to call them, are a testament to the potential of AI in augmenting human creativity."
AI and writing books
Each of the author's books are up to 5,000 words and feature between 40-140 AI-generated images. Unlike traditional book writing that takes months to write self-written pages, Boucher's books take only 6-8 hours to write.
The quickest book only took him three hours, the author revealed. Between August and May, Boucher made $2,000 and sold more than 500 copies of his stories. The "AI Lore" series was designed to enable cross referencing from within, allowing readers to be roped from from time to time through "interconnected narratives."
"This approach has been successful, with the majority of my readers being repeat buyers," Boucher said. "Though the stories contained are not sequential narratives, I think the serial fiction market of the late 1800s and early 1900s is probably the best historical analog here. People enjoy coming back to the same story-worlds again and again, and AI lets me produce rapidly at a consistent quality to meet their demand for more," he wrote.
Boucher says that readers also get benefits from this move. He's able to sell his books for as little as $1.99, with the highest price being $3.99. But the author knows that AI is not perfect. Boucher shed light on how AI has drawbacks as well, including its inability to produce a coherent long-form story. He said that's why he sticks to "flash" pieces.
The writer envisions a "future where AI-assisted storytelling becomes the norm." In recent times, AI-generated novels have taken the marketplace by storm. At the same time, it has sparked a debate about how AI may be used to write books from scratch and how it might bring into question various ethical concerns surrounding AI-driven writing. Boucher says that the intersection of AI and storytelling has immense potential.