AI Writing Assistant FAQ

Learn more about Scene One's AI Writing Assistant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the AI Writing Assistant?

It is an AI creative-writing bot that helps writers to come up with new ideas and generate fresh and unique text. It can also help to rephrase sentences and paragraphs.

It has been trained on public domain works as well as the internet at large, so it has a lot of wild ideas to share with you!

Where does the AI Writing Assistant get its ideas?

The AI Writing Assistant always starts with your own words as inspiration. In fact, several of its abilities require you to have written several-hundred words first so that it has an idea of what your story is about, as well as get a feel for your writing style.

Beyond that, it's able to elaborate on your ideas and what it's learned from public domain works and the public internet to come up with interesting prose.

Does this use OpenAI's GPT-3/GPT-4/ChatGPT?

Yes. Under the hood, the AI Writing Assistant uses the OpenAI API and several of its models. We have tuned it to focus on literary creativity and to produce books and novels, and we love the results!

Is this just ChatGPT in a new wrapper?

No, not in the slightest.

While both ChatGPT and AI Writing Assistant both use the same technology (OpenAI's language models, including GPT-3 and GPT-4), they're both intended for very different purposes.

For one thing, ChatGPT's use-case is in a question-and-answer format, which isn't the most natural or convenient way to write a novel. It's great for getting short answers to questions, or for having back-and-forth discussions to help debug snippets of code or to work out a problem, but this very quickly gets unmanagable when trying to generate and choose from multiple suggestions and ideas. (Not to mention its limited memory window.)

The AI Writing Assistant, on the other hand, was created with the sole purpose of helping authors write their books quicker and easier (and better!). We have code and prompts under the hood that focus the GPT-4 language model on creative writing, and don't complicate things by including all the parts you don't need or chose not to use. Its suggestions are kept separate from your developing manuscript, and you only insert the suggestions that you want to keep, meaning that the rest won't clog up the conversation nor confuse the AI.

Scene One as a whole is also built to manage your writing projects, save your words and scenes, export your manuscripts, etc., which is not something ChatGPT will ever be updated to do.

Do I own the words created by the AI Writing Assistant? Can I sell/publish them?

As long as you already legally own the original IP that you're writing (that is, you aren't writing any sort of fan fiction, using characters/IP that don't belong to you, etc.), then yes! You're free to use the words created using AI Writing Assistant in any commercial work.

Just as in all other cases, Scene One makes no claim of ownership or liability, and you don't need to pay us royalties or anything like that. All words are yours to do with as you please.

Is this magic??


Why couldn't the AI Writing Assistant create any suggestions for me? How do I fix this?

There are times when the AI Writing Assistant just can't come up with any ideas for your scene as-is. It happens to the best of us!

Sometimes it's because you haven't written enough of a scene to get it primed. (Remember that you'll click at a point in your scene to generate from, and the AI Writing Assistant will only look at text before this point, even if there's a lot of text after.) So you might try writing one or two more sentences and try generating again.

Other times, it has the opposite problem in that it feels that the scene/segment is at a natural conclusion. Here you might try selecting a generation point a few sentences or paragraphs earlier.

In rarer situations, it's because the suggestions were blocked by our AI provider's content filters. (Content that is excessively violent/sexual/harmful/etc. in nature may be blocked by the filters.) This, unfortunately, is out of our control.

Quite often, if you wait 10 seconds and try again, the AI will figure out something for you. If that doesn't work, try the suggestions below.

Some possible solutions:

  • Wait 10 seconds then try again.
  • Write a little bit more. Sometimes even one extra sentence - even if it's short - can kick-start things. This can be especially useful if your current scene is short.
  • Start generating text from earlier in the scene. Instead of setting your cursor after the last paragraph, set it one or two paragraphs earlier and try again. This can be especially useful for longer scenes.
  • If you think this scene might be tripping the content filter, you might try working around this by temporarily removing/changing specific words or sentences. You can then replace them later.

You should also review the AI Writing Assistant content filter policy.

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