The Unlikely Rise of Independent Writers in an AI World

Independent writer competing in an AI world

It’s easy to assume that AI-generated writing spells doom for independent authors.

But what if it has exactly the opposite effect? What if the saturation of AI-created content sparks a renaissance for human creativity and storytelling? As AI-generated writing becomes commonplace, the personal touch of these writers could turn into a rare and precious commodity.

Envision a future where ChatGPT and similar tools churn out vast numbers of articles and stories, creating a sea of digital uniformity. These AI-generated pieces, while coherent and polished, may lack the emotional depth and personal experiences that give writing its soul. In this world, readers will hunger for authenticity and seek out those who offer a human connection.

Consider Lucy, an author and chef with a passion for culinary storytelling. She shares her unique fusion recipes, inspired by her multicultural background, and infuses her writing with emotion, memories, and cultural nuance. Readers are drawn to her heartfelt and engaging perspective, something that AI-generated content can’t quite replicate. As readers crave more genuine content like Lucy’s, the demand for original works will soar.

Instead of fearing AI-generated writing, creative authors can harness it as a tool for enhancing their craft. By using generated content as a foundation, they can focus on adding their creative genius, refining their storytelling, and venturing into uncharted realms of possibility.

The rise of AI needn’t be a dystopia for these writers. Rather, it can be a catalyst for them to stand out in a sea of digital monotony. In this brave new world, they won’t merely survive—they’ll thrive as the torchbearers of authenticity and creativity.


Full disclosure: This article was written by GPT-4. My role was as more of an editor to make the initial request, give the theme, and give feedback on each revision. The whole process took about 15 minutes.

Update: I noticed some small things I didn’t like about the copy. I tried to the use Chat-GPT to refine the text but I couldn’t get it to fine-tune things exactly as I wanted. So I ended up editing the text manually. All of this took another 30 minutes.

The image was generated by Midjourney.