Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has revolutionized the content creation. It has helped many content creators supercharge their content creation process. But there is a knack for getting the most from your prompts.
Whether you’re a seasoned content creator looking to accelerate your content creation process or a newbie wondering where to start (in which case, why not check out our Knowledge Hub, which has hundreds of blogs on content marketing), this blog will guide you through ChatGPT prompts for editors and writers.
The thought of incorporating AI can often be overwhelming. Knowing where to start is hard, especially when there is so much conflicting advice online. You want to find a way to use AI without it replacing you entirely, which will look different for every company. Our blog, How to Incorporate AI in Your Content Creation Process, has some great advice on using AI.
Whether you’re an editor or a writer, the way you craft prompts is essential to getting the most out of your interactions with ChatGPT. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your conversations.
ChatGPT works better when it has simple and concise instructions. To get the most from your prompt, break more complex queries into smaller and more manageable chunks. Use plain language, and don’t overcomplicate your prompt.
While you can use simple imperative sentences as prompts for ChatGPT, you should also consider asking direct questions, especially if you’re not getting the answer you need. Because ChatGPT struggles to understand context, you sometimes need to point it in the right direction with specific prompts.
Briefly introducing the topic and providing relevant details to guide the response can be helpful. This approach helps ChatGPT understand what you’re seeking in its responses. Mention names, dates, or contexts to narrow down the scope.
If you’ve got a specific format in mind (e.g., blog, article, bullet list), it’s advisable to include this in your prompt. It can be as simple as saying, “Write a blog on…” or “Create a bullet list…”
If your prompt has multiple meanings, clarify what you expect from ChatGPT. Doing so will help you get relevant information quickly, saving time.
Often, projects are complex and have multiple steps. To avoid overwhelming or confusing ChatGPT, break your prompts into more manageable chunks. You’ll get more relevant responses, saving you stress in the long run.
If you’re looking for specific information, add examples to your prompt so ChatGPT understands what you’re looking for. You can ask for further examples.
After you’ve received your response from ChatGPT, assess its accuracy, clarity, and appropriateness. You may need to ask follow-up questions for clarification or rewrite your prompt if you get entirely incorrect responses. Experiment with different phrasing to see how that affects ChatGPT’s responses.
We’ve spoken before about the benefits of creating a style guide, one of which is maintaining consistency. You can add a style guide to train ChatGPT to write like you, preserving a consistent voice, tone, and style across all your content.
Here are some prompts for getting the most from ChatGPT:
Check this content follows [dialect]. (E.g., Check this content follows US English conventions.)
If you decide to use generative AI, thoroughly edit your writing. ChatGPT has provided incorrect and legally unsound information, as we discussed in our article about whether AI is safe for content creators. When we tested ChatGPT, we found it couldn’t understand context or nuance and made significant changes to the meaning of the text. So, while ChatGPT has its uses, it’s no replacement for a human editor.
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