How to Turn ChatGPT Into Your Personal Writing Coach (To Create Kick-Ass Content)

By Matt Giaro


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5 Surprisingly Easy Ways You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Nobody’s born being a great writer.

Instead, you become a virtuoso by iterating and improving bit by bit. You write, you analyze, and you make it better.

But getting the right feedback is damn hard. Because you can’t improve if you don’t know what to improve on.

Trying to find out your own blind spots is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

But what if I told you that ChatGPT can become your own personal writing coach, assessing any of your writing pieces 24/7?

Let’s see how.

Uncover Your Writing Fingerprint

Everyone has a unique writing fingerprint.

Whether they know it or not.

It’s uniquely yours. It’s how people recognize you. It’s how you leave your mark.

You know that person who walks into a room and you can instantly tell who they are by the way they carry themselves? That’s the tone in real life.

In the world of online writing, your tone is your identity. It’s your secret sauce that makes your content stand out in a crowd.

Want to be lost in the noise? Ignore your tone. Want to make waves and have people remember you? Find your tone and amplify it.

The question is, How do you find that tone? Easy. Feed ChatGPT with a few of the pieces you wrote (and are proud of). Then, ask it to analyze your tone.

Use this prompt:

I want you to analyze the following text to isolate the voice and tone:  

Then, the next step is to isolate those responses and create specific guidelines that you’ll use to amplify them.

Why amplify your tone, you ask?

Well, in writing, you don’t have the luxury of facial expressions or vocal intonation. It’s your words, friend, and how you craft them. Your tone is your voice, your expression, and your very soul in the words you choose.

Ever seen an actor nail a performance with just the right pitch? That’s what you’re aiming for. Here’s a concrete example for you: Imagine writing a piece on innovation and using a voice that’s cold and technical. Nope! Try a tone that’s energetic, inspiring, and even a little revolutionary.

Then, assess each new piece of writing to see if you nailed your tone or not.

Use this prompt:

Here's the writing tone I'd like to achieve: 
Now, please assess the following article and tell me what I can improve to achieve this tone. Be specific.  
Here's the article:

Nail your tone.

Get the Spot

If you want your writing to get noticed, then you’ve probably already considered writing for publications or guest posting on other blogs, right?

Enter: Guidelines.

They’re those pesky little rules that every publication throws at you, aren’t they? Or at least, that’s what you thought. They’re stifling your creativity, putting you in a box, and chaining you down. Well, that’s what I thought too, until I learned better.

Let’s say you’re writing for a renowned blog or publication. They have their rules, their structure, and their voice.

Instead of fighting it, align with it. Guidelines are like a well-tuned guitar; they set the pitch for your creativity to flourish.

Let’s dive into an example: Imagine writing a piece for a health magazine that strictly advises against using medical jargon. Now, you could rebel and throw in all the terms from your medical dictionary, but who are you writing for? Doctors or readers who want accessible information?

Ignoring guidelines doesn’t make you a maverick. It makes you a misfit. It’s like wearing a tuxedo to a beach party.

Instead, align your writing with the specific guidelines. View them as a playground, not a prison. Let them be your framework, not your fence.

Research the publication, understand their voice, and weave your magic within that tapestry. Think of it as a dance. You lead, but within the rhythm of the music they play.

Here’s how to use ChatGPT to write content that aligns with guidelines.

Use this prompt:

I'm going to start this session with a set of guidelines. 
Please respond that you've received them and then wait for further instructions.

Now, provide it with the guidelines.

Then, follow up with this prompt:

Please assess the following article with the guidelines provided. 
Point out specific things that need to be changed to fit the guidelines.

Following guidelines? Easy peasy.

Train ChatGPT to Help You Get the Click

Every piece of content has its gatekeeper.

For your next piece, your gatekeeper is your headline. It’s the handshake before the conversation. It’s the cover before the book. It’s everything, and yet, it’s so easy to get it wrong.

You want clicks? Of course, you do. Who doesn’t? But you don’t want just any click; you want the right click. The curious click. The intrigued click. The “I-want-to-know-more” click.

The headline is the promise you make to the reader. A promise to entertain, to inform, to provoke, to inspire. Break it, and you’ve lost them forever.

Think about it: “10 Ways to Lose Weight” or “The 10 Secrets to Shedding Pounds While Eating Your Favorite Foods.” Which one tickles your curiosity? Which one makes an intriguing promise?

It’s not about fooling people into clicking; it’s about compelling them to click.

Want to write better headlines? Use ChatGPT to assess if your title is worth clicking or not.

Use this prompt:

Act as my viral headline-writing assistant.  
Apply everything you know about viral titles to assess this headline:  
Then, give it a score from 0 to 10 on your virality criteria, where 10 is the best, and 0 is the worst mark.

How to Make Sure You Aren’t One of Those Nasty Clickbait Writers

So you’ve written a smashing headline, and you’re ready to dive into the meaty part of your content.

But hold on, champ! Before you unleash your creative genius, let’s talk about that roadmap guiding your writing voyage: The mighty outline.

Outlines are those sneaky things that most writers think they can do without. “I’ve got it all in my head,” they say. Famous last words, right?

Pro writers know it all: The outline is not your enemy. It’s your ally. Think you can just wing it? Think again.

After getting the click, it’s your outline that will tell if your title was clickbait or not.

Imagine building a house without a blueprint. Sure, you might end up with something that resembles a house, but will the doors align? Will the roof leak? Will the foundation hold? Meh.

Your outline is a contract with the reader. You promise to take them from A to B, and you show them the path. It’s clear, it’s logical, and it’s honest. If your outline delivers, then your title was just right! Otherwise, well, you might just be another clickbait bro on the internet.

Here’s how you can assess your outline with ChatGPT:

Act as my writing supervisor.  
You know that the headline is the most important piece of the article because it’s the promise you make to the reader. At the same time, it has to be intriguing and curiosity-driven. Whether a title is clickbait or not is not based on the title, but if the outline DELIVERS on the headline.  

Your job is to assess if the outline I’ve created delivers on the promise.

Here’s my article’s headline:

And here’s my outline:
Based on the outline, does my article deliver on the promise I make in the headline? 
If the answer is no, please give me specific suggestions to improve the outline.

How to Connect to Your Reader on a Deeper Level

Humans are emotion-craving creatures.

And you know what? Good writing appeals to those emotions.

It’s not just about transferring information; it’s about transporting feelings.

Now, here’s the irony: We often write to communicate ideas but forget the humans receiving them. We focus on the message but ignore the messenger.

Big mistake.

Writing without emotional intelligence is like speaking without intonation. Flat, lifeless, robotic.

Why does it fail to resonate? People want to feel, not just understand. They want to laugh, cry, rage, rejoice. They want to be moved, not just informed. They want you to speak to their hearts, not just their heads.

So how do you inject that human touch? How do you make your words dance with emotion?

Here’s where you become a writer, not just a typist.

You need to dive deep into the emotions of your topic. Feel it, live it, breathe it. You should not just explain; you should express.

Imagine an entrepreneur with fire in his eyes and passion in his heart. He’s invested weeks, even months, crafting an online course that he believes will change lives. It’s not just a product; it’s a part of him. He’s poured his wisdom, his experience, and his very soul into this project.

Launch day arrives. The anticipation is palpable, the excitement electric. He’s dreamt of this moment, visualized the success, the testimonials, the impact. But then, reality delivers a crushing blow. The sign-ups are sparse, the reviews are lukewarm, and the silence is deafening.

  • How do you capture the crushing weight of disappointment that settles on his shoulders?
  • How do you convey the icy fingers of doubt that creep into his mind?
  • How do you paint the storm of emotions that rage within him?

You could say, “The entrepreneur was disappointed with the launch.” But that’s a scratch on the surface of profound and complex emotion.

Instead, consider this: “The entrepreneur stared at the screen, the dismal numbers mocking his dreams. The room seemed to close in on him, the walls echoing the laughter of failure. His heart was a heavy stone in his chest, and his dreams shattered like fragile glass. He felt lost, adrift in a sea of despair, the waves of doubt pulling him under.”

This is not just a story of failure. It’s a human experience. It’s not just about a product that didn’t sell. It’s about a dream that was deferred. It’s not just about an entrepreneur. It’s about every one of us who has dared to dream and faced the cold, hard reality of failure.

The beauty of writing with emotion is that it transcends the specifics and touches the universal. It’s not just the entrepreneur’s pain; it’s every reader’s pain. It’s not just the entrepreneur’s journey; it’s the human journey. It’s a shared experience, a collective resonance, a universal truth.

Here’s a tiny little prompt you can use:

I'm writing an article about {{INSERT TOPIC HERE}}
The target audience is {{INSERT AUDIENCE HERE}}
Please tell me more about the emotions the audience feels so that I can include them in my article

Write like a human, not like a bot.

Spice Up Your Writing

Picture this: you’re trying to explain the intricate workings of a complex concept, and the words are just not coming together.

It’s like trying to thread a needle in the dark. Wait, did I just use an analogy? You bet I did!

Now, why did I do that? Because analogies are the spice in the literary dish. They add flavor, zest, and, more importantly, clarity. Analogies bridge the gap between the simple and the complex. They’re like a guiding light in a dense fog of jargon.

Not using analogies is like baking bread without yeast. It might get the job done, but it’s flat, tasteless, and downright unappealing.

Want to engage readers? Want to make them lean in and say, “Aha, now I get it!”? That’s where analogies come in.

They paint pictures with words. They turn abstract concepts into relatable experiences. They’re the jazz in your prose, the sizzle in your steak.

Ever tried to explain something complex and seen eyes glaze over? Been there, done that.

But throw in an analogy, and suddenly the lights come on. It’s like handing someone a map of an unfamiliar city.

Crafting powerful analogies is an art. It’s not just about finding similarities; it’s about striking resonance. It’s about finding that perfect image that makes the idea come alive.

Can you use ChatGPT to help you come up with analogies? You bet.

Use this prompt:

Come up with 10 simple analogies to illustrate the fact that: {{INSERT THE CONCEPT YOU'D LIKE TO ILLUSTRATE}}

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