TSS #039: The Only POV You Need to Hone is Your Own – How to Sequence Your Writing DNA

by | Feb 25, 2023

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Yo. This is the Saturday Storyteller – the newsletter that puts a new spin on the old school ways to put some spice in your storytelling.

Here’s what I’ve put together for you today:

  • Writing DNA: what the heck is that made-up term?
    • Proven approach to hone your POV
    • Modern prompt (for ChatGPT) to sequence your Writing DNA
  • Feedback loop:
    • Criticism received for collaborating with AI
  • 1 silly Meme made by me
  • 1 cool Meme made by another
What if I told You-Set Fiction Free

In the endless sea of voices, it can be hard for writers to make waves.

But every writer has a unique worldview that sets them apart. If you question that, it’s part of your worldview. 🌎 👀

Embracing your natural and cultivated POV is key to your storytelling success.

Your unique writing style is not just a skill you’ve acquired, but an essential component of your Writing DNA – the fundamental building blocks of your creative identity.

Writing DNA is the one-of-a-kind perspective that you bring to your writing.

When you are one with your Writing DNA, your artwork freely expresses the originality and spontaneity bursting from your creative spirit.

There’s no need to clean up writing that looks like a mess – because you trust whatever gets spilled will simply soak into the page.

But how do you come to accept and identify the original parts of your imperfect pieces?

Hey wordsmith, do you remember that catchy headline? 😆 It comes with an actual article… please see below. 

    What if I told You-Set Fiction Free

    Classic Method to Sequence Your Writing DNA:

    While technological advancements have opened up new avenues for writers to explore their craft, sometimes the most effective ways remain the tried-and-true methods that have worked for generations.

    Give this discovery process a shot:

    1. Experiment with different writing styles and techniques:
      • Write a short story or scene in a genre you’ve never tried before
      • Experiment with different points of view (first person, third person limited, omniscient, etc.)
      • Take an existing story or scene and rewrite it in a different style or tone (e.g. humorous, suspenseful, romantic, etc.)
    2. Draw inspiration from your own life experiences:
      • Keep a daily journal to record your thoughts, observations, and experiences
      • Take a walk or travel to a new place and observe your surroundings with fresh eyes
      • Reflect on your personal values and beliefs to explore how they can be expressed through your writing
    3. Seek out feedback and support from fellow writers and cool communities:
      • Join a writing group or workshop to receive constructive criticism from peers
      • Attend writing conferences or events to meet other humans with similar interests and dreams
      • Collaborate with a writing partner to share ideas, motivation, and support
    The World If Fiction Writers Embraced AI

    Meme by Bio Dave

    Modern Method to Sequence Your Writing DNA:

    Looking for a more tech-savvy approach?

    Try copying, customizing, and pasting this customizable writing prompt into ChatGPT to generate a personalized Writing DNA Analysis based on your experience and preferences.

    To ensure a smooth submission to ChatGPT, follow these five steps:

      1. Copy the prompt from the below box
      2. Access ChatGPT (login or signup)
      3. Paste the prompt into the text input field
      4. Edit the text between the brackets
      5. Watch your Writing DNA begin to take form

    ** COPY TEXT BELOW**

    Assume you are an AI specializing in sequencing the Writing Voice DNA for innovative creators and storytellers. Based on their personal criteria listed below, generate a Writing DNA Analysis using the instructions provided:

    Sample DNA:

    • Favorite childhood memory: Customize your entry here, e.g. Playing with GI Joes in my backyard in the mud
    • Favorite hobby or activity (other than writing): Customize your entry here, e.g. Daydreaming about all the things I want to create in the world
    • Favorite movie(s) or book(s): Customize your entry here, e.g. The Greatest Showman, Man of Steel and Queen of the Damned

    Instructions:

    1. Using the favorite childhood memory, pinpoint and offer unconventional ideas around its identified themes the writer to further explore and write about.
    2. Using the favorite hobby or activity, reveal an uncommon and irregular perspective that sets this writer apart from others. Consider how they can infuse this important perspective into their writing.
    3. By analyzing the favorite book(s) or movie(s), locate 1 common storytelling denominator connected to another prolific, famous, and respected writer/author in the creative fields.
    4. Do not restate details from the Sample DNA criteria.

    Writing DNA Test Analysis:

    [Insert unique, not cliche, not generic, and unconventional results based on the Sample DNA criteria. The result should provide ideas, insights, techniques, and styles for the writer to lean into.]

    ** COPY TEXT ABOVE**

    What if I told You-Set Fiction Free

    This is some funny looking AI art generated by DALL-E after I entered the prompt, “Artist accepting constructive criticism, vaporwave”

    Constructive Criticism

    I have been reaching out online to find more creative writers like me who are open to exploring new ways to craft fiction. It’s been awesome to welcome similar minds into the Saturday Storyteller community.

    Of course, people possess different outlooks.

    Fortunately, I’m confident in my effort to innovate timeless storytelling paradigms using cutting edge craft.

    But to offer an alternative POV, I am providing feedback from different people, obviously without any names, identities, or source of origins.

    When I proposed the idea that creative AI could help writers break new ground, these were some responses:

    “Unlikely!”

    “If you need something to do it for you, I would question what that means. If you want to write, write, surely? If you need ‘AI writing prompts’ perhaps you should do something else.”

    “I’d rather lick cockroaches.”

    “Set my fiction free? Or write my fiction for me? There’s a slight difference you see.”

    “I’m f*****. Clearly crafting stories the old way is done like dinner. Think I am too old to adapt to machine production. Have at it, kids, and good luck. I guess in 20 years, the authenticity of human writing might be valued. I won’t be around, but curious to see.”

    What if I told You-Set Fiction Free

    That’s it for this Saturday.

    If this newsletter is like a breath of fresh air, please help it blow up.

    Maybe other people like fresh air, too?

    See ya next week!

    — David