Should writers feel guilty using AI tools for content ideas and initial drafts?

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Written By Abha Malpani Naismith

Communications strategy. Digital specialist. Brand journalist. Writer. AI enthusiast.

Honestly when I first started playing with AI tools, I was hesitant, skeptical and almost repellent towards these tools. How can my over 20 years of writing experience be taken over or sidelined by technology!?

Truth is, I still feel like that sometimes and struggle with it. But, as I realized that these tools aren’t going anywhere, and that those who don’t use them will not be able to compete with those who do, I am increasingly embracing these tools.

It’s important to note, that you cannot get a generative AI tool to write something that is submittable as is. There is significant amount of re-writing and editing required before it can be submitted. That’s where your skillset is still 100% valuable and will outshine someone without the writing and editing experience.

Generative AI is a great tool to help and support writers; consider it your personal writing assistant. Here are a few ways you can use generative AI to make your writing better and faster.

  1. Generate unlimited content ideas: If you are struggling to come up with content ideas, or have writer’s block, AI tools can help you get out of it. Ask Chat GPT or your tool to come up with article ideas as per your requirement and it will give you as many as you want, instantly and on demand. No longer do you need a team to brainstorm with, the tool can be your partner.
  2. Let it write the mundane stuff: As communications professionals and writers, there are things we need to put our heart and mind into, and there are things that we don’t need to lose much energy on. AI tools will do the grunt work for you and the better your brief is, the better the output will be. This can lead to increased productivity and more time for editing, refining and polishing your work.
  3. Collaboration: Apart from generating ideas, writers can use AI tools as a collaborative partner help with researching specific topics, or giving you a summary of a subject you want to know more about. This partnership can save research time and bring new perspectives to your work.
  4. Ethical considerations: It’s important to be mindful of the ethical implications of using AI tools. We need to be weary of plagiarism, and be open about using AI especially if majority of your content is AI generated. Also, as writers, we must be cautious about the potential for AI-generated content to perpetuate biases or misinformation.

I don’t think there is any need to feel guilty about using AI tools to make your work better or faster. We are in an age where this technology is taking over, whether we like it or not. We have no choice but to embrace it.

Do you feel guilty or strange using AI to do your work?

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