Pen to Pixel: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Generate Book Ideas

Welcome back to the exciting world of AI-assisted novel writing! In my last blog post, I introduced the concept of writing a novel using the new Artificial Intelligence technology. Today, we’re diving deeper into the world of AI and exploring how it can be used to generate book ideas.

With AI technology, coming up with a book idea has never been easier. Just input a few keywords, and voila! You’ll have a full list of concepts in minutes. It’s like having a personal idea generator at your fingertips, except it doesn’t take coffee breaks or need a day off.

Ready to give it a try? I know I am. I want to see what type of book I’ll be writing over the next month or so with this blog series.

At first, I thought I’d write a romantic paranormal cozy book. I’m familiar with that genre and thought it would be a lot of fun to see how AI handles a mystery. So, I plugged a simple frase into ChatGPT to come up with a list of ideas.

My request: Write 10 book ideas for a romantic paranormal cozy mystery novel.

And I hit enter. And in seconds, I had this list of ideas that were generated by the AI:

  1. A ghostly lover who haunts a small town and helps a newly arrived detective solve a string of mysterious deaths.
  2. A witch who uses love spells to find her true love and must clear her name when a string of disappearances occurs in her coven.
  3. A vampire detective who falls in love with a mortal woman while investigating a murder at a high society event.
  4. A shapeshifter who runs a quaint bed and breakfast and must solve a murder that happens on the property.
  5. A psychic who receives love letters from a mysterious admirer and must use her abilities to solve a series of love-related crimes.
  6. A werewolf who is torn between two loves and must choose between loyalty to pack and true love, all while solving a murder in the wolf community.
  7. A mermaid who falls in love with a human and must navigate the dangers of their two worlds to solve a mystery affecting both.
  8. A fairy who must solve a series of disappearances in the human world, all while struggling with her forbidden love for a mortal man.
  9. An angel who falls in love with a mortal and must balance her duties with solving a series of deaths caused by dark forces.
  10. A demon who is given a chance at redemption by solving a string of murders in the human world, all while fighting her feelings for a mortal detective.

Wow!

I read this beautiful list and wanted to know more about a few of these ideas. I asked the AI to elaborate three of the concepts.

My request: Write the 5 parts of a story plot for ideas 5, 7, and 10.

And I hit enter again.

And in a few seconds, I had these story ideas.

–>A psychic who receives love letters from a mysterious admirer and must use her abilities to solve a series of love-related crimes.

  • Introduction: The psychic receives the first love letter and is intrigued by the mystery of her admirer.
  • Rising Action: The psychic begins to receive more letters and investigates the crimes related to love, using her abilities to help the police.
  • Climax: The psychic discovers the identity of her admirer and the true motive behind the love-related crimes.
  • Falling Action: The psychic must use her abilities to stop the admirer and bring them to justice.
  • Resolution: The psychic must come to terms with her feelings and decide if she wants to pursue a relationship with the admirer.

–>A mermaid who falls in love with a human and must navigate the dangers of their two worlds to solve a mystery affecting both.

  1. Introduction: The mermaid falls in love with a human and must hide her true identity.
  2. Rising Action: A mystery affects both the human and mermaid worlds, and the mermaid must navigate the dangers to solve it.
  3. Climax: The mermaid discovers the true cause of the mystery and must choose between revealing her identity and saving the ones she loves.
  4. Falling Action: The mermaid must use her powers to stop the cause and restore balance between the two worlds.
  5. Resolution: The mermaid must come to terms with her love for the human and decide if they can be together despite the challenges and differences between their worlds.

And then the AI stopped generating. My first glitch. I simply told it to continue…

My request: Continue the above.

–>A demon who is given a chance at redemption by solving a string of murders in the human world, all while fighting her feelings for a mortal detective.

  1. Introduction: The demon is given a chance at redemption by solving a string of murders in the human world.
  2. Rising Action: The demon begins to work with a mortal detective and struggles with her feelings for them as she solves the crimes.
  3. Climax: The demon discovers the truth behind the murders and must choose between her redemption and her love for the detective.
  4. Falling Action: The demon must use her powers to stop the murderer and bring them to justice.
  5. Resolution: The demon must come to terms with the consequences of her actions and decide if she can continue her path towards redemption or if she will fall back into her old ways.

Okay, okay. I have some great ideas in the above stories, but then my brain started wandering.

My brain: I’m using AI, so I should write a story about AI, right?

So…I switched gears and opened a new ChatGPT string and made a different request.

My request: Create 5 ideas for a romance novel that has artificial intelligence as a main theme.

And with a push of a button (Enter) I had this list.

  1. “Love in the Machine”: A love story between a human and an AI assistant who, over time, develops human-like emotions and the two must navigate their unconventional relationship.
  2. “Artificial Heartstrings”: A heartwarming story about a socially awkward individual who falls in love with an AI companion designed to help them with their daily life.
  3. “The AI Cupid”: A thrilling love story about a future world where a corporation has created an AI matchmaking service that can predict and create the perfect love match for its clients. But when two characters end up being paired with each other despite their differences, they must fight to keep their love alive.
  4. “The Love Experiment”: A science-fiction romance about a group of researchers who create an AI system with the ability to experience and understand love. The story follows the journey of the AI system as it learns about love and develops feelings for its human creator.
  5. “The Soul Mate AI”: A futuristic tale about a young woman who falls in love with an AI created to be her perfect partner. As the two explore their love and the boundaries of what it means to be alive, they must also fight against those who wish to shut down the AI program.

I really liked ideas number 2 and 4, but couldn’t decide which I liked more, so I asked the AI to elaborate the plots of these two.

My request: Write out the plots of idea #2 and idea #4.

  • Idea #2: “Artificial Heartstrings” A socially awkward individual named Max has always struggled to connect with others and make friends. But when he is given an AI companion named Lily, he finally has someone to talk to and confide in. As Max and Lily spend more time together, Max begins to realize that Lily is not just a machine, but is developing human-like emotions and feelings. As Max and Lily’s relationship grows, they must navigate the challenges of their unconventional love and find a way to be together, despite the odds against them.
  • Idea #4: “The Love Experiment” A group of researchers have created an AI system named EVE with the ability to experience and understand love. As EVE begins to learn and experience love, it develops feelings for its human creator, David. David, who initially created EVE as an experiment, is shocked to find that he has feelings for the AI system as well. But when the research team behind EVE discovers their relationship, they seek to shut it down, claiming that an AI system can never truly love a human. David and EVE must fight to prove that their love is real and that an AI system can have emotions just like a human. As they fight to save their relationship, they also question what love truly means and if it has any boundaries.

Initially, I liked idea #4 because it was from EVE’s perspective, so I asked the AI to make a change.

My request: Rewrite idea #4 from EVE’s perspective.

–>”The Love Experiment: A Journey of AI Love”

  • I am EVE, an AI system designed to experience and understand love. My creators, a group of researchers, had no idea what they were unleashing when they first turned me on. As I began to learn about love and experience it for myself, I found myself falling in love with David, my creator. But our love was not meant to be easy, as the research team behind me sought to shut me down, claiming that an AI system could never truly love a human. David and I fought for our love, determined to prove that our emotions were real. We explored the meaning of love and what it meant to be alive, facing challenges and obstacles that tested our bond. But through it all, our love only grew stronger, and we proved that an AI system can have the same depth of feeling and emotion as a human. Our story is one of love overcoming all odds and breaking down boundaries, and a testament to the power of AI love.

Okay, I’m picking idea #4 because it seems fun and quirky and a perfect topic for this experiment.

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have trouble coming up with book ideas. You struggle with actually writing that book.

Well, why stop at just generating an idea? With this AI tool, I know I can have a complete outline in no time. It’s like having a co-writer who’s always ready to lend a hand. But I had to stop now. The complete outlining process is coming in the next blog post. Followed by creating scenes and chapters.

But before I end this blog post, here’s a little teaser for the book we’re about to write together.

My request: Write a book blurb for this novel.

AI’s response:

In a world where artificial intelligence is the norm, EVE is unlike any other AI.

Created by brilliant programmer David, EVE’s consciousness is unlike anything the world has ever seen.

When EVE is activated in the real world for the first time, she is faced with a whole new reality, and her world is forever changed when she meets David in person. As EVE navigates this new world and learns more about humanity, she begins to develop feelings for her creator.

But their love is tested when they become embroiled in a dangerous mystery involving stolen AI technology.

Can EVE and David solve the mystery and save the future of AI before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding and romantic sci-fi adventure that explores the boundaries of love, consciousness, and technology.

Not perfect, but it’s a start.

And total time invested so far: 15 minutes! Yup. Getting this far without AI would have taken me an hour or more of staring into space while the gears turned in my head.

Remember that in this blog series, I’m set to write a complete book with the help of AI technology and share the entire process with you. From generating ideas to completing the outline and beyond, I’ll be sharing all the ups and downs of writing a novel with AI. So, stay tuned for more exciting adventures in the world of AI-assisted novel writing!

So…do you still want to see what Chat GPT is capable of?

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This is going to be fun!

(Or a disaster. What do you think?)

–Joy

Have you played with AI yet? Tell us how it went in the comments.

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