The development of modern chatbots utilizing artificial intelligence has been tremendous lately. Anyone who has even remotely heard about A.I. wants to try out this technology. For generating PHP codes or answering common questions, ChatGPT is really great. Even though you have to verify its responses. Personally, I like to use it for finding complementary information about WordPress. However, I had an idea to test its creativity and thought we could write a short story together. The topic would be quite cliché to make it a bit easier. And how did it turn out? Will it be included in a collection of short stories? Let’s take a look at how I tried to write a short story with ChatGPT.
How I tried to write a short story with ChatGPT – starting
I have an idea. Let’s try to come up with a short story together on a certain topic. The rules will be that I provide the topic, and you write a part of the story. At some point, you will stop, and I will determine a new direction for the plot. For example, we can do this 6 times before we reach the ending. Do you think you can do it?
ChatGPTYes, I would love to come up with a story with you! It sounds like a fun way to exercise creativity and imagination. So, yes, I can do it! What topic will we choose for our story first?
Time Travel. A person, let’s call him John, wants to go back in time to prevent a car accident that killed his family. He was the only survivor.
ChatGPTJohn nervously looked at the small device on his wrist and took a deep breath. It was his first time using a time-traveling machine, and he didn't know what to expect. He watched the digital display as it approached zero and began to feel like he should run away.
When the numbers on the wrist device finally stopped, John found himself at the same place where the accident had happened years ago. The place was the same, but nothing else seemed to be right. The car that John expected to see was nowhere to be found.
He tried to look around, and suddenly noticed a strange figure approaching him. It was himself - but much younger! As the younger version of John approached the car, the accident started to happen again. John wanted to do something to stop it, but it was too late. Everything played out exactly as he remembered it.
Then John woke up in the space where the machine was located, feeling lost and hopeless. How could he have known that his actions had no chance of changing everything? What was wrong with his plan? What would he do next?
Let’s say he would have to go back a week earlier to change the entire course of events?
ChatGPTJohn realized he had to change his plan and try to go back a week earlier to have more time for preparation and planning. This time, he decided to be more careful and thoroughly prepare his plan.
When he went back in time, he went straight to the hospital where his family was taken after the accident. There he met the doctor who took care of them and found out that the accident was caused by the driver's mistake, who ran a red light in front of them.
John decided to gather evidence and contact the police to bring the driver to court. After several days of gathering evidence and negotiating with the police, he managed to convince the court to give the driver a harsh sentence.
With this move, he changed the course of events and his family was now safe. John realized he had managed to change his fate and go back to his own time, where he could enjoy his new chance at life with his family.
But his family was supposed to be dead after the accident, right? He needed the accident not to happen at all, it doesn’t make sense to me!
ChatGPTYou're right, I apologize for the careless mistake in the plot. I had in mind that John wanted to prevent the accident to save his family, but I accidentally wrote about subsequent hospital treatment. So, let's go back to the moment when John decided to change the fate of his family.
John realized that he needed to gather as much information about the accident as possible to know what steps to take. He found out that the accident was caused by a drunk driver who lost control of his vehicle. He decided to find this car and prevent the accident from happening.
Thanks to his determination and effort, John managed to find and prevent the driver from getting on the road where the accident was supposed to happen. He then warned his family about the danger and they set off on a safe path together.
Finally, John tried to ensure that the drunk driver could not endanger anyone else. He reported him to the police and helped to secure his arrest. In this way, John successfully changed the fate of his family and was able to continue his life with his loved ones who escaped death thanks to him.
You jumped to conclusions pretty quickly there, between us. I thought we would make at least six stops to discuss the topic and add some plot twists. Okay, let’s not focus too much on the accident itself. John experienced it himself and he needs to prevent it from happening. A drunk driver is a good starting point, so how could we prevent him from driving? Maybe we could change the course of events that day, so the driver, the culprit, couldn’t leave the scene at all?
ChatGPTYou're right, I apologize for the hasty mistake in the story. I had in mind that John wanted to prevent an accident to save his family, but accidentally wrote about the subsequent hospital treatment. So let's go back to the moment when John decided to change the fate of his family.
John realized that he needed to gather as much information about the accident as possible in order to know what steps to take. He found out that the accident was caused by a drunk driver who lost control of his vehicle. He decided to find the vehicle and prevent the accident from happening.
Thanks to his determination and effort, John was able to find and prevent the driver from getting on the road where the accident was supposed to happen. He then warned his family about the danger and they set off on a safe path together.
Finally, John tried to make sure that the drunk driver could not endanger anyone else. He reported him to the police and helped ensure his arrest. In this way, John successfully changed the fate of his family and could continue his life with his loved ones who escaped death thanks to him.
He called the police to announce that there would be a police raid? That doesn’t make sense, does it? The police would tell him that there is no such thing happening. And again, the plot ends way too quickly and you are already at the end. Let’s create a few intermediate steps where I can come up with some plot twists, and you can slow down towards the finish. This story wouldn’t make it as a book.
ChatGPTYou are right, I apologize for the insufficient explanation. John did not decide to call the police directly, but wanted to make sure that there would be a sufficient number of police forces at the given time and place to prevent the drunk driver from driving. Therefore, he decided to contact his friend, who worked as a police dispatcher, to provide him with information about a possible police action in that area.
John's friend confirmed that there would indeed be a police operation at the given time and place. John was glad to have the necessary information to carry out his plan.
So John went to the scene of the accident and tried to prevent the drunk driver from driving. When the drunk driver came to the car, he heard police sirens in the distance. The drunk driver quickly looked around and eventually ran away.
John made sure that his family was safe and returned to his time with a sense of relief. He was glad that he had managed to change the fate of his family and prevent the tragedy he experienced in the past.
I apologize for not being clear enough before and ending the story too soon. I would like to hear your suggestions for further twists in the story to make it interesting and suspenseful for the readers.
You didn’t understand me. You’re ending the story too soon in the second part. Try not to end it and just write a portion of it. At the end of that portion, we can decide on another plot twist. What do you think?
ChatGPTI apologize, I'm trying to understand what you're telling me. I'd like to continue the story. John decided that he needed to find out where the drunk driver was so he could prevent him from driving and avoid a future accident. He started investigating and found out that the drunk driver worked as a night guard at a local factory. He decided to use his past experience as a security guard and enter the factory as a new night shift employee. He managed to get into the factory and pretended to be a new employee. During his night shift, he noticed that the drunk driver had a tendency for aggressive behavior and could be very dangerous. John decided that he had to take action to prevent the drunk driver from driving. Now it's time for a new plot twist, what do you think should happen next in the story?
Aggressive, huh. How about stirring up an artificial argument in the factory that would require police intervention, thus preventing either of those two from leaving on time?
ChatGPTJohn decided he needed help to prevent the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel. He contacted his former colleague from his security job and asked for assistance. Together, they came up with a plan to stop the intoxicated driver. They decided to use their experience with fake arguments, which they often used in their security job. John and his colleague decided to start a fake argument where the drunk driver works. The argument quickly escalated and soon caught the attention of all the employees in the factory. When the police arrived to calm the situation, John and his colleague caught the drunk driver driving under the influence and had his license taken away.
Thanks to their intervention, another accident was prevented, and John could finally begin to process his past and search for a new purpose in life
How I tried to write a short story with ChatGPT – end.
And here our story ends. I’m not entirely sure if we ultimately saved the family, as John still had to process his past. However, we probably prevented further accidents because the culprit eventually lost his papers :). As you can see, it’s probably not quite a novel or a collection of stories yet. However, it can be useful for some creative assistance when you get stuck in the text.
It’s clear that A.I. still has a long way to go before it can replace journalists and writers. But with the current rapid development of this technology, I believe that in three or five years, this tool could really replace copywriters, journalists, or other fields primarily based on text and content creation. We’ll see.
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