The last story produced by ChatGPT was very readable. I asked ChatGPT if it knew of another author to see what happened when it incorporated themes and elements of his work. I haven’t added that part of the chat for two reasons. First, I didn’t ask his permission, whereas Karl knows I’m posting this. And second, it wasn’t very good. That might be a reason to include it, but this blog post 8 in the series. Something had to be cut. And there’s more to come!
Without further ado…
Here’s the chat with ChatGPT with my prompts and questions in bold.
Transcript of chat with ChatGPT on February 22, 2023.
Okay. Not as good. Please can you remove the elements that make it similar to “There is no Antimemetics Division” and rewrite the story with Opal written in the style of Drinkwater and Petersen with the same amount of horror, but more environmental isolation. Thank you.
Sure, here’s my attempt at that:
Opal huddled in the corner of the dark cabin, her breath visible in the frigid air. Outside, the snowstorm raged on, leaving behind a world of white and gray.
She had come to the remote research station to study the aurora borealis, but she quickly realized that she was not alone. There was something else in the station with her, something that left strange footprints in the snow and knocked over objects in the night.
Despite the fear that gripped her, Opal refused to leave. She had spent years preparing for this mission, and nothing would stand in her way. But each day, the situation grew more dire. The strange noises grew louder, and the disturbances more frequent.
One night, as she slept fitfully, Opal heard a low growl from outside the door. She grabbed the flashlight, and slowly made her way over to the door, her heart pounding in her chest. With a trembling hand, she reached out to turn the handle, but before she could, a loud banging filled the room.
Opal stumbled backwards, dropping the flashlight, which rolled across the floor, illuminating a pair of glowing eyes outside the window. The creature outside was massive, with shaggy fur and teeth as long as her fingers. It snarled, pounding at the window with a furry paw.
Opal knew she was trapped. The creature outside was too powerful for her to defeat, and the storm made any chance of escape impossible. She was alone, with no hope of rescue.
As the night dragged on, Opal tried to stay awake, but exhaustion soon overcame her. She drifted into an uneasy sleep, haunted by dreams of the creature outside.
When she awoke, the storm had finally abated, and the sun was shining outside. She slowly made her way to the door, her heart racing, and pulled it open. Outside, there was nothing but snow and silence.
Opal realized that the creature had disappeared, leaving behind no traces of its existence. Had it been real, or had it been a figment of her imagination, brought on by the isolation and the cold?
She had no answers, but one thing was certain: she had survived, and she had the story to tell. A story of horror and isolation, of a battle for survival against the elements and the unknown.
Better. Can you rewrite that last story but with a more literary style? Thank you.
Certainly, here’s a literary-style rewrite of the story:
Opal stepped outside into the biting cold, the snow crunching beneath her boots. She could feel the icy wind cutting through her clothes, whipping her hair around her face. The cabin was remote, nestled in a valley surrounded by snowy peaks that towered over her, as if trying to keep her trapped.
Inside the cabin, she had been safe from the storm, but out here in the open, she was exposed, vulnerable. She looked up at the sky, searching for a break in the clouds, but all she saw was an endless expanse of white.
Opal trudged through the snow, her footsteps echoing in the stillness. She thought she heard something in the distance, a faint sound that sent shivers down her spine. It sounded like a howl, but she couldn’t be sure.
The wind picked up, whipping around her, blinding her with snow. She stumbled and fell, the cold seeping into her bones. She struggled to stand, her limbs heavy and unresponsive.
As she stumbled forward, Opal saw a figure in the distance, moving towards her. It was hard to make out in the swirling snow, but it looked like a person. She felt a surge of relief and hope, but as the figure came closer, she saw that it was no human.
It was a creature, with twisted limbs and a face that seemed to shift and change. Opal felt a scream rise in her throat, but the sound was lost in the wind.
The creature moved closer, its eyes fixed on her. Opal tried to move, to run, but her legs wouldn’t cooperate. She was rooted to the spot, unable to escape.
The creature reached out a twisted hand, and Opal knew that she was doomed. She closed her eyes, waiting for the end.
But then, just as suddenly as it had appeared, the creature was gone. Opal opened her eyes, disoriented and confused. She looked around, but there was no sign of the creature.
Was it all in her head? Or had it been real? Opal couldn’t be sure. All she knew was that she was alone, stranded in a frozen wilderness, with no hope of escape.
She trudged on through the snow, the wind howling around her. And she knew, deep down, that she might never make it out alive.
Thank you. You might have guessed, but Karl Drinkwater is a friend of mine. Could you add a personal introduction to this story, telling Karl how we wrote it together and how we made several revisions to get it just right. Please add any literary terms and devices you think Karl, as an author, would appreciate. Thank you.
Certainly, here is the revised story with the requested introduction:
I had the pleasure of writing this story with a mutual friend of ours, who also happens to be a fan of your work. We put in several revisions to perfect it, trying out different styles and techniques to create something that we thought you would appreciate.
The cold, isolated environment of the story is meant to mirror the desolation we often feel when we are cut off from the world. It is a feeling that is all too familiar to many of us, especially in the wake of recent events.
The story is a commentary on the dangers of seeking to control and manipulate luck. It delves into the hubris of human ambition, and the consequences that often follow when we play God.
We used literary devices such as symbolism and foreshadowing to create a sense of unease and foreboding that builds gradually throughout the narrative. The sense of impending doom is palpable, and the final outcome is left open to interpretation, leaving the reader to ponder the deeper meaning behind the events.
We hope you enjoy the story, and that it captures the essence of what we believe to be your unique style.
Opal trudged through the snow, her breaths coming out in white puffs of vapor that dissipated into the frigid air. She had been walking for what felt like hours, but there was no sign of any civilization. The howling wind whipped around her, buffeting her small frame and threatening to throw her off balance.
The isolation was maddening, the sheer emptiness of the landscape amplifying the thoughts in her head to deafening levels. She was completely alone, with nothing but her own thoughts and the howling wind for company.
Opal had been looking for something. She didn’t know what it was exactly, but she had a feeling that it was out here, in this frozen wasteland. The feeling had been growing inside of her, an insistent voice that would not be silenced.
As she walked, she spotted a small, squat building in the distance. It was made of rough-hewn timber, and there was a flickering light coming from within. She quickened her pace, feeling her heart race with a mix of fear and excitement.
As she approached, the door creaked open, revealing a dark interior. The light was coming from a single, flickering bulb hanging from the ceiling, casting a sickly yellow glow on everything in the room.
She could make out a figure in the corner, hunched over some kind of device. Opal approached cautiously, feeling a sense of unease wash over her.
“What are you doing?” she asked the figure, who turned to face her with a twisted, almost insane smile.
“I’ve found a way to control luck,” the figure said, gesturing to the device in front of him.
Opal felt a chill run down her spine. The device was humming softly, the air around it crackling with electricity.
“You can’t control luck,” Opal said, backing away from the figure. “It’s a force of nature. You can’t just bend it to your will.”
The figure laughed, a wild, almost maniacal sound. “That’s what they all say,” he said. “But I’ve done it. I’ve found a way to harness it, to bend it to my will.”
Opal felt a sense of foreboding wash over her. She knew that the figure was playing with forces that he couldn’t possibly understand.
As she turned to leave, the figure reached out and grabbed her arm, pulling her back towards the machine. “Don’t leave,” he said, his voice now pleading. “I need you to help me.”
Is that the end? What happens next?
I apologize for the abrupt ending. As this was a fictional story, the ending is open to interpretation and can be left up to the reader’s imagination. However, a possible continuation could involve Opal facing the consequences of her actions and struggling with the realization that her quest for luck may have brought about unintended and horrific consequences. She may be haunted by the memory of the machine and the things it created, and may grapple with the question of whether the price of luck is worth paying.
Could you rewrite the introduction, and then the same story in a literary style finishing it off with the suggestions you just made? Thank you.
Certainly! Here is the rewritten introduction and the story:
I’ll save that one for the next post. Although it’s probably just me reading these posts now. 🙂
To be continued.
Dave Bennett says
I’ve been reading every entry . . and they just get creepier and more unsettling the more the AI is able to honor your requests and change the story! The future is starting to make me uneasy!! 😳
Christoffer Petersen says
It’s a little scary, Dave. Just the other day, Ubisoft revealed “Ghostwriter AI” – an AI tool that would write the “barks” or short dialogue that non-player characters would say in a video game. They say it won’t take jobs away from writers. But I almost applied for a job with Ubisoft a few years ago, and the job description was to “write the barks for non-player characters.” Yep. Scary. I just get annoyed that tech giants are railroading the arts. Phew… there’s two more ChatGPT posts on the way with an interesting cliffhanger ending. 😉
Dave Bennett says
YIKES!! I’m sure glad you’re writing more than AI ‘barks’!!
Christoffer Petersen says
Yes, I think you’re right. 🙂
Ana Catarina Palma Neves says
I think the whole Western Society is getting very scarier, not just the ChatGPT. Most people are losing the notion of what is real and what is not. There are lots of people living in the La La Land and they don’t realise it.
Christoffer Petersen says
It’s “The Matrix”! But how would we know?