NaNoWriMo has revamped its website, at preview.nanowrimo.org, and it looks really good. I’m unclear on whether the new version will be live by November 1, but as long as we get to use the nice new version at some point, I’m happy. I finally figured out how to change the silly username I’ve had since college, so I’m now “MaggieMadlyWriting” if you want to be my “buddy.” My avatar is a lizard wearing a hat because the picture amused my simple mind.
Now, about that idea… one particular news story has been haunting me since I heard about it in early September 2017. You probably don’t remember it in the onslaught of other horrid news stories since then, but it began with Coricidin and ended with domestic violence. What I wanted to do was rewrite the story to give it a happy ending.
I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get 50,000 words out of the idea, but I want to at least write something. This is also the first halfway decent idea I’ve had since, well, forever that wasn’t based on something I’ve already written. I have some ideas already in a notebook and on a flash drive, so perhaps that will carry me through.
Anthony Lee Collins briefly mentioned this article in one of his blog posts, and I was intrigued. Now computers can help you write your fiction using artificial intelligence. The very notion of this gets me really pissed off because I’m already annoyed by Gmail’s new feature that tries to write your emails for you.
Supposedly, the software mentioned in the article won’t write the entire story for you. You have to give it some kind of jumping-off point, and it will suggest phrases. Still… seems like cheating to me. Or a weird kind of “found poetry,” where you didn’t write the words but really just reorganized them into something that makes sense.
This was the scariest line in the article: “Megasellers like John Grisham and Stephen King could relatively easily market programs that used their many published works to assist fans in producing authorized imitations.”
I suppose “authorized” is the key word, but even so, the whole thing sounds like fanfiction at best and plagiarism at worst. If I was a well-known author, I would not allow my work to be copied like that, even though imitation is the highest form of flattery.
What do you think of AI helping with writing?