Stories hold the power to captivate, inspire, and connect, there’s a secret waiting to be unveiled.
Imagine having the ability to turn ChatGPT, the AI marvel, into the ultimate storyteller.
But here’s the catch – this isn’t your average knowledge you’ll find for free. Join us on an exclusive journey as we delve into the art of transforming ChatGPT into a storytelling virtuoso, unlocking a realm of narrative possibilities.
ChatGPT meets Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.
How to turn ChatGPT into the ultimate storyteller (I shouldn’t be giving this prompt away for free): pic.twitter.com/hFt3QTHd9o
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1. Copy-paste the mega-prompt below
- I need your help crafting a compelling storyboard for my business.
- The purpose of the story is to [insert end goal of story].
- Here’s context about the story: [insert story context].
- I want you to craft a compelling storyboard of this narrative, following Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling:
- You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
- You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
- Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
- Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
- Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
- What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
- Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
- Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
- When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
- Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.
- Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
- Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
- Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
- Why must you tell THIS story?
- What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
- If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
- What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
- No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
- You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
- Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
- Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
- You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
- What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
2. Prompt personalization
- Insert the goal of your story (could be to drive leads, sell products, go viral, etc.)
- Insert the context of your story. Be as specific as possible and include all the elements you want in there.
3. Prompt output
- Press enter
- ChatGPT will apply every single one of Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling to your specific story, ensuring its as compelling as possible
- OPTIONAL: You can then ask ChatGPT to expand the full story or change it into a different format