Getting ChatGPT to Write my Post

I follow a number of “prompt engineers” on X (Twitter). One that I recently discovered is Robin Delta. He shared this prompt in his tweet, in the ALT TEXT section (which is an interesting way to share text).

Act like a professional writer. I am going to show you a text that I have written and your objective is to imitate it. You will start by saying “START”. Then I’ll show you an example text and you say “NEXT.” Next, another example and you will say “NEXT”, and so on. I will give you many examples, more than two. You’ll never stop saying “NEXT.” You can only say something else when I say “DONE”, not before. You will then analyze my writing style, tone and style of the example texts I have given you. Finally, I will ask you to write a new text on a given topic using exactly my writing style.

So… I plugged in two of my previous posts so that the program could “learn” how I write. It then prompted me for a topic and I chose: Finding gratefulness in difficult times. Here’s what it gave me.

In these tumultuous times, where the world seems to be in a perpetual state of flux, finding a sliver of gratefulness can be like discovering a precious gem amidst the rubble. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the constant barrage of challenges, uncertainties, and adversities that life throws our way. Yet, within the chaos and amidst the storm, there exists an opportunity to embrace gratitude.

I am reminded of a time in my own life when the shadows of adversity seemed insurmountable. It was during a period of personal turmoil and uncertainty when I realized the profound power of gratitude. The simple act of taking a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings, however small they may seem, became a lifeline.

In those moments of introspection, I found solace in the warmth of a morning sunbeam streaming through my window, in the comforting embrace of a loved one’s hug, and in the unwavering support of friends who stood by my side. It was during those trying times that I discovered the remarkable resilience of the human spirit, the ability to find beauty in the midst of chaos.

Gratitude, I learned, is not reserved for the grandiose moments of life. It thrives in the everyday gestures of kindness, in the laughter shared with friends, in the taste of a well-cooked meal, and in the simple joy of being alive. It is a beacon of hope that guides us through the darkest of storms, reminding us that even in our struggles, there is much to be thankful for.

In the face of adversity, cultivating gratitude becomes a conscious choice, a deliberate act of shifting our focus from what we lack to what we have. It is a reminder that even amidst the trials and tribulations, there is still beauty to be found in the world around us.

As we navigate these uncertain times, let us not underestimate the transformative power of gratitude. Let us take a moment each day to reflect on the blessings that surround us, to find solace in the small joys, and to draw strength from the resilience of the human spirit. In doing so, we may discover that even in the darkest of hours, gratitude has the power to illuminate our path and fill our hearts with hope.

Hmm… nope. I don’t think that sounds like me. The sentiment is fine, the way it’s phrased isn’t how I speak or write. Also, it usually takes many iterations to figure out an effective prompt, so I’m not surprised. Also, maybe the topic was too general. I like to include specific examples in my writing, and obviously it wouldn’t have a way to do that, beyond the general laughter and well-cooked meals.

Meanwhile, back to the drawing board.

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