The white page: cross and delight of every writer. Millions of possibilities to free creativity, yet often difficult to realize. Minutes, hours, and page remain blank. It’s called the writer’s block and has a new antidote today: the Artificial Intelligence.
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The secret weapon in the war at the writer’s block comes from machine learning and in particular from the tool developed by Janelle Shane.
The researcher has built a neural network that can create the first sentence of a novel. How does it work? This is a machine learning process for which the system serves a significant amount of data to learn and generate a consistent result.
In this case, the data consist of the first sentences of famous novels. At first, the data entered was not enough (two hundred sentences about), so the result was very similar phrases and unusable for this purpose.
Janelle needed more data: how to find them? With crowd-sourced, asking the web community. Thanks to the contribution of those who put in other phrases he was able to train the AI so that it generated usable results and in the first two hours he collected about 800 phrases.
Drawing on the results of the tool, any copywriter or novelist may find it helpful to overcome that dreary block.
Not alone AI will live copywriters
This is the last approach to finding a solution to the writer’s block, but since this is a recurring situation, attempts to remedy it have already been multiple, even in the past.
Among these, we can write collectively: a solution that does not aim to solve the problem directly but to prevent it. Sharing a writing project stimulates you to find new ways and feeds on the experience and creativity of other writers.
Another method is to participate in free writing laboratories. A good way to find them is to look for them in Facebook events – if they find many (especially in big cities), they are free and the participants have the most diverse backgrounds.
Today, the tool we have talked about can help you create the first sentence, but can you even write a whole book about autonomy in the future? We just have to be watching!