How to Write a Great Story with GPT-4

I’ve been eager to unlock the power of GPT-4 to craft compelling stories.

Through trial and error, I’ve discovered that focusing on a slow, character-driven narrative can lead to a richer and more immersive reading experience.

In this blog post, I’ll share my step-by-step guide on how to harness GPT-4 to write an engaging story that leaves a lasting impact. So, join me as we dive into the fascinating world of AI storytelling and unleash our creativity together!

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GPT-4 / ChatGPT Story Writing Tips

The importance of building a story slowly in GPT-4 is significant for several reasons:

  1. In-depth character development and world-building: A gradual narrative allows for richer character development and a more detailed world. This creates an engaging and immersive experience for the reader.
  2. Adherence to the “showing, not telling” principle: By slowing down the pace, GPT-4 can create vivid descriptions and natural dialogues that paint a picture of the events unfolding, rather than simply stating facts. This encourages readers to use their imagination and engage with the story more actively.
  3. Intricate and suspenseful plotlines: A slower pace enables the AI to weave together various elements of the narrative, leading to a more cohesive and satisfying conclusion. This helps maintain reader interest and anticipation for the climax.

To summarize, a slow and steady pace in GPT-4 storytelling:

  • Enhances the quality of the narrative
  • Allows for richer character development and world-building
  • Adheres to the “showing, not telling” principle
  • Creates intricate and suspenseful plotlines

By implementing these techniques, GPT-4 can generate a more emotionally resonant and memorable reading experience.

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How to write a Story in GPT-4 / ChatGPT: A Step-by-Step Guide

GPT-4, a powerful AI language model, can be an excellent tool to help you craft a compelling story. In this guide, we’ll outline a step-by-step process to write a story using GPT-4 based on the context provided above.

Step 1: Set your goal and intentions

Begin by defining your goal for the story, such as writing an engaging, slow-paced, and character-driven narrative. Your intentions might include a focus on “showing, not telling,” avoiding rushed storytelling, and creating an emotional thriller.

Step 2: Choose a persona for GPT-4

Create a persona for GPT-4 to assume while writing the story. In this case, the persona is a genre author whose task is to write stories in a rich, intriguing language with a very slow pace, focusing on in-depth character development and world-building.

Step 3: Develop a story template

Craft a template that outlines your story’s key elements, such as the genre, protagonist, author style, pacing, and length. In the context provided, the template includes elements like an emotional mystery thriller plot, heavy dialogue, and very slow pacing.

Step 4: Create a detailed story outline

Ask GPT-4 to develop a detailed outline for your story, focusing on your intentions and the elements in your template. To achieve a slower pace, request an outline for just the first chapter of a 12-chapter book. This will encourage GPT-4 to take its time building the story arc.

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Step 5: Write the first chapter

Request GPT-4 to write the first chapter of your story, adhering to the story outline and template you’ve provided. Be specific about the word count you’re targeting and emphasize the importance of showing, not telling, along with character development, world-building, and dialogue.

Step 6: Review and edit

Go through the generated text, making any necessary edits or adjustments to ensure the story aligns with your intentions and goals. Keep an eye out for any inconsistencies or areas that need improvement.

Step 7: Continue writing

If you’re satisfied with the first chapter, continue the process by outlining and writing subsequent chapters. Adjust your prompts and instructions as needed to maintain the desired pacing and storytelling approach throughout the story.

By following these steps and leveraging the power of GPT-4, you can create a captivating story that showcases your unique vision. Don’t forget to collect feedback from readers and refine your prompts to improve the storytelling process further. With practice and persistence, you’ll be able to harness the full potential of GPT-4 in your creative writing endeavors.

Conclusion

In conclusion, my journey with GPT-4 has been an eye-opening and rewarding experience. I’ve learned the importance of pacing, character development, and the art of “showing, not telling” to create a rich and engaging story.

By carefully crafting prompts and iterating on my approach, I’ve been able to harness the full potential of this powerful AI tool for creative writing.

As I continue to explore and experiment with GPT-4, I’m filled with optimism about the endless possibilities it presents for authors and storytellers alike.

There’s no doubt that AI can be a valuable ally in the creative process, helping us bring our unique visions to life with more depth and nuance than ever before.

I encourage you to try it for yourself, and I can’t wait to see the incredible stories we’ll create together!

114 Comments

  1. I did notice your vid on YouTube, long after i started writing my own cyberpunk story that spans a Millennia, but these are really awesome pointers, I will def go back and makes some changes. Would like to share to get some inputs on it!

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          • Absolutely amazing. I am fascinated by this experience. I am also new to this AI use. Please, could you send me those instructions?Great job. πŸ™‚

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        • Hey Kristian

          First off,love your youtube channel. Ive been goin through quite a few of them and found them really informative.By far the best ive seen so far.You have really motivated me to try it myself. I was wondering if it is possible to get access to everything I need to know about creating stories with ChatGPT/GPT-4, the Midjourney scripts, and Prompt Engineering resources as well.

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      • hello –love LOVE your youtube channel – didn’t realize you had an amazing website as well – is it possible to also get an email containing everything I need to know about creating stories with ChatGPT/GPT-4, accessing the Midjourney scripts, and learning from tutorials and Prompt Engineering resources. much appreciated

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          • Hi, Im amazed at this can you please send me that information the person above just requested?

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    • I love your approach using GPT-4 to help you with your story structure and character arcs. I have been stuck with my novel for a while and would love to get your writing tutorials as well to get some traction.
      Thanks for your great work.

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          • Hello, I am a beginner with AI and I am about to write a thriller genre story. Could you send me some tips how to use GPT? Thanks

      • That’s so great, can you send it to me too? I write a children’s book for my nephews with them as the main characters.
        keep up the good work

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  2. Wow – this is really interesting. I really like writing, and would love to write for a living, but the fact is, I have terrible trouble staying with an idea; the act of writing itself is just too slow and gruelling, and my attention constantly veers off to other things. If I could harness the capatilities of A.I to help me express the ideas I have, that could be lifechanging. I’ve experimented a liiiiiittle with it, but that was without any prior knowledge of how to prime the AI to get what you want, and the results were predictably not all that great πŸ™‚

    The near-magical potential of AI is both fascinating and frightening (frightening because it seems I have no chance what so ever to keep up with what it can do, and will be left in the dust while humanity just zooms ahead by leaps and bounds), so thanks for doing your best to make it somewhat understandable πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Kris, I would also like to have access to those tools. Can we access the toolkit via Discord? Thank you so much for your innovative explorations in storytelling!

  4. Just signed up, would love to see all the prompts you where using! Please send to le as well, would appreciate it a lot!

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  5. Awesome guide. I don’t really get the “exact” initial steps I guess. Do you have a copy-paste prompt that I can use to fill in for myself for the first step?

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  6. Hey Kristian could you send me the same information containing information on crafting stories with ChatGPT / GPT-4, accessing your Midjourney scripts and tutorials, as well as some fantastic prompts to get me started?

    Thanks.

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  7. One issue I have struggled with as a new user of chatGPT is getting it to make longer content, I have for example given it extensive outlines and desired word counts and the most I’ve ever gotten from it is about 1000 words. It doesn’t seem to matter what word length I tell it I need it just doesn’t do it. The outline itself is 350 words so ‘m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Any suggestions?

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  8. Hey, amazing work and videos! I am also interested in instructions and the python script for prompts. Could you please share with me.
    Thanks

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  9. Hey Kristian could you send me the same information. I don’t really get the β€œexact” initial steps I guess. Do you have a copy-paste prompt that I can use to fill in for myself for the first step?

  10. Hello

    I really liked your video and I believe it would help finishing my current story. However I would appreciate your support in sharing the same information as I intend to use mid journey to create the animation

    Many thanks in advance

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  11. Hello Kristian! Very informative article! Could you, please, send me the same information containing information on crafting stories with ChatGPT / GPT-4, accessing your Midjourney scripts and tutorials, as well as some fantastic prompts to get me started?

    Thank you very much and all the best!

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  12. Hello Kristian!

    Thank you for the very informative YouTube video and article!

    Could you, please, send me an email containing information on crafting stories with ChatGPT, accessing your Midjourney scripts and tutorials, as well as some fantastic prompts to get me started?

    Thank you very much, keep up the great work, and I wish you all the best!

  13. Hi Kristian, This sounds very interesting and makes me curious. Could you, please, send me the same information with prompts and Midjourney scripts.

    Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  14. Awesome insights! This may be the best advice I could find so far. Would it be possible to receive your example prompts? Thank you very much.

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  15. Hi Kristian, very informative article & videos. May I have the info you’ve shared here on crafting stories with GPT-4, your Midjourney v5 scripts and tutorials, + interesting prompts to get started.

    Appreciate it. Juz

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  17. Hey Kristian,

    This is amazing work and effort you’ve done here, bravo! πŸ™‚

    Could you send me your email with chatgpt and mid-journey prompts used? I’m just going down the AI storytelling rabbit hole now and your insights would immensely invaluable!

    Thanks!

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      • Hi Kristian,
        I’ve been following you for a few weeks now, and this theme of story building is in fact what fascinates me the most.
        Can you also please share the information on how to create stories on ChatGPT?
        Thanks a lot and continue the great work.

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  18. Hello,

    I like your work about the combo with GPT-4 and Midjourney.

    I’m also interrested by the python script for midjourney.
    Could you send me this because I want to try me to and maybe launch a channel with little story.

    Thank you so much !
    Your Sincerely,
    Jo

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  19. Hello Kristian,
    Thanks for the great write up on story telling with Midjourney and ChatGPT. I Definitely plan to get into story writing before summer with a few ideas in my head. I have been dabbling with Midjourney for a bit but now starting to dig deeper into ChatGPT. Please share with me your tutorials when you get a chance. Much appreciated.

    Thanks!

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  20. Wow! Really great work and I would love to learn about about how you accomplished this. Could you send me your email with the prompts you used?

    Cheers,
    Kira

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  21. Hi
    Kristian
    I m very motivated after reading your post and to start learning and working this tool.could you please share the prompts that you think might be helpful during the process.
    Hats off to you..
    Regards
    Atif

  22. Would you please be so kind as to also send me the information about how to craft stories on ChatGPT and how to use Midjourney? Thank you.

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  23. Could you send me your email with chatgpt and mid-journey prompts used? I’m just going down the AI storytelling rabbit hole now and your insights would immensely invaluable!

    Thanks!

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  24. Hi Kristian,
    Could you please send details to me as well? I’m interested in learning more from your scripts, tools and prompts. Appreciate your YouTube videos, please keep it up – I think a lot of people are learning from you!

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  25. Could you send me your email with chatgpt and mid-journey prompts used, please? This is super interesting, thanks for your work!

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  26. Hi, I just came across this gpt4 Last of Us story with Midjourney illustration, I was wondering how can you tell Midjourney to draw the specific characters in this example? How to tell Midjourney this is Joel, that is Elli, then Joel and Elli do something together? And where do you find such a good AI voice that sounds not like AI voice at all?

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  27. Could you please send me an email with all the tools and scripts as well.
    Thanks mate, very much appreciated! Keep up the great work

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  28. Hello Kristian.
    A few weeks ago, after a newsletter entry, I had already received a PDF file from you on how to properly use GPT-4 to develop exciting stories. Strangely, I can’t find the email or the document. Is it possible for you to send me this PDF again? I really like your meticulous work, the developments and results with this new ai technology. I am looking forward to further developments. Best regards

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  29. Hi Kristian !

    Could you send me the info too ?

    + i remember watching you in a video feeding chat gpt with exemple so it can write in a specific style but i can’t find it anymore. The reason i’m looking for it is because i want chat gpt4 to help me to generate very short story in my style and with a specific tone of voice i’ve developped. If it rings any bell could you provide the link?

    Thanks again for all the things your doing to educate us on AI!

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  30. Hello Kristian,
    Thanks for sharing all these tips about creative writing with AI. I’m trying my first fiction with the help of GPT-4 and find your advice and suggestions are extremely helpful in the process. Could you please send the relevant prompts to me for further reference? Thanks a lot. P.S. I doubt my previous comment failed to reach you so I just posted ago. Kind regards, Jenny

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  31. Hello your are awesome
    I appreciate your research and willingness to share with us all. Could you share with me all the prompts you used so I may begin testing ? Do you sell anything that contains more prompts as well ?

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  32. Hey Kristian your content is awesome! I’m loving watching your videos. Could you send me the same information containing information on crafting stories with ChatGPT / GPT-4?

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  33. Hi Kristian !

    Could you please send me the info too? Would be very great.

    Thank you for your hard work and info here πŸ™‚

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  34. Could you please send details to me as well? I’m interested in learning more from your scripts, tools and prompts. Appreciate your YouTube videos, please keep it up

  35. Hello. Interesting story. I recently was approved for the 8K GPT-4 API and can use ChatGPT with GPT-4, the OpenAI playground with GPT-4, or the instance of AutoGPT that I built myself on my local. Can you send me the tips that you’ve sent everyone else? Thank you!

  36. Hi Kristian!

    Can I have the materials too? It will be very helpful to me!
    Thanks in advance, and also for the awesome work!

  37. Hi Kristain, fantastic work and youtube channel. Would you please email the info on creating Stories with ChatGPT? Many Thanks

  38. Hello Kristian, I am from India, the above information is very useful for me. I want to know more, could you please send me the info Would be very useful.
    Thank.

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