AI writing tools threaten to take away a key aspect of the creative process
Yes!! Discomfort is fertile for creativity. This idea hit home for me when I practiced digital sabbaths, often the moment AFTER i wanted to reach for my phone, just past a smidge of discomfort, would come a creative thought.
The quick fix of AI, for the younger generation of writers is inevitable; partly because of the instant gratification society we have helped to create -- which, by its very nature, squelches creativity (in my opinion). AI removes the tool of time -- a tool once used to master creativity’s ‘art of discomfort,’ to experience its agony and elation of completion. When instantaneous is absent, an aura of irritation takes its place; in the writing world, creativity may become frustratingly cluttered -- too much so to create without the tool of AI? Time will tell...
For me the difference lies in what you are trying to create--content or art? With content maybe AI works great. With Art, capital A, never.
Thanks for this Grant. I’m going to include it in a module on AI I’m teach in the fall.