Imagine having a secret weapon at your disposal, a powerful ally that can supercharge your writing process and propel your content to new heights.One that’s NOT Chat GPT-4 and won’t cost you $20.00/month? At least, not for the basic plan.
What if I told you you could have all the top generative AI tools packaged in one place, with an easy-to-use interface?
My Kingdom-minded friend Dustin W. Stout has developed such a tool and it’s called Magai. I’ve been internet-connected with him going back to the days of Google Plus, blogging challenges, and I have at least dabbled with other apps and programs he’s developed or flat out invented over the years, and so of course I wanted to give this a try.
I realize there are a lot of case uses for it already out there, but I’ll just focus on what my particular use for it looks like.
When You’ve Got Writer’s Block, AI can be The Chisel and the Pick to Get Sculpting
I asked Magai to elaborate on this analogy, and this is what it told me:
If for some reason you can’t see the image, it says this:
When writer’s block strikes, it can feel like being stuck in a dense wall of solid rock, hindering your thoughts and creativity.
AI, much like a sculptor’s chisel and pick, can help chip away at this barrier, methodically breaking through the obstructive layers. By tapping into the power of AI tools like Magai, you gain access to an extended arsenal of ideas and inspiration, enabling you to carve out the masterpiece hidden within the rock.
With each precise chisel or pick strike, you can gradually bring your vision to life, rekindling your creative energy and overcoming the dreaded writer’s block.
Case in point: I wrote this post on whether listening to audiobooks instead of reading books is cheating using AI (months ago before Dustin released Magai) and used it as my first draft and then re-wrote it two or three times.
Also, one of my favorite aspects of Magai is how you can open up a document to the right of the chat and edit what you’re working in there. I have to admit, when I heard Dustin describe this particular feature to someone in an interview, I thought “meh”, but once I started using it I realized how incredibly helpful it is to work on the text with the AI-generated output in my site.
The document itself is very minimalist and not overly complicated or cluttered, too. See the image below.
Streamlining your Writing Process and Podcast Transcriptions
I’ve been using Magai in particular to help me with cleaning up segments of podcast transcriptions I’m turning into blog posts for someone (not sure if I’m allowed to say who or if he wants me to backlink to his site), as well as taking some of my recorded interviews with ghostwriting clients and helping me streamline my processes in manuscript prep.
For now, I’ve been using Descript to take the mp3s of that client who will remain nameless’s podcast episodes, run them through Descript and then take out the fluff or stuff I don’t want Magai processing.
Some of the episodes I’m transcribing are over an hour long and the transcription is way too long for inputting into Magai as of this writing, so I still need to do some listening and cutting in Descript to shorten either the transcription or to help me zero in on the segments or sections I want to write into articles.
Then, I take what I’ve gotten from Descript, and paste it through Magai and use my client’s “Persona” we created in there, and I go over it carefully and rewrite it since it is NOT ready for public consumption, but still requires humansauce.
But Steve, you’re a writer, how can you betray the human race in such a way?! I thought for sure YOU would be against AI – haven’t you seen The Matrix or Terminator 2?!
I’m actually sorta relieved it’s become a big thing.
Like, it has helped pour some gasoline on my fire and helped me get some things started, while bringing some other projects closer to the finish line.
AI is certainly *not a replacement* for nuance or sarcasm (at least not yet) but it IS a significant time saver in parts of my workflow now, such as cleaning up a lot of transcription notes and helping me condense it into what I’m aiming for.
However, the output AI provides me still requires a human touch to clean up and make suitable for public consumption.
AI is a TOOL, NOT a Replacement
I’ve said it before, and reposted other people saying it as well, but it bears repeating: AI is A TOOL.
If you’re a writer of some sort, you aren’t in danger of being replaced by AI but by someone using AI properly and efficiently.
The point is not to have it write everything, but “assisted” writing. It should get you most of the way there, and then you make the necessary edits to make sure it is in your tone. The question is, would you rather start at 0, or start at 80% done?
And for those of you who have privacy concerns about what info you’re providing the machines, Dustin posted this the other day:
A built-in benefit to using Magai as opposed to directly using ChatGPT is that your data is automatically opted-out of OpenAI’s data training.That means OpenAI cannot use your content produced through Magai to train its AI models. On top of that, no personal information is passed along—OpenAI only sees Magai.
If you’re using ChatGPT directly, everything you enter into it can be used to further train OpenAI’s models. You can opt out of this inside of ChatGPT by going to Settings > Data controls > Chat History & Training.
Now, all data is retained for 30 days for the purpose of abuse and misuse monitoring. But if you’re opted-out, none of your data gets used for training future AI Models.
That’s a big deal for a lot of people who are concerned about privacy and how their content is being used (or not used).
Other differences between ChatGPT and Magai
In conclusion, as artificial intelligence gains momentum in the all areas, but especially in content creation like writing, it’s crucial to remember that it remains a valuable tool rather than a replacement for human authors.
While AI undoubtedly aids in tasks like spelling and grammar, it falls short in capturing the distinctive style and voice that comes naturally to skilled writers.
Ultimately, writing is a specialized profession demanding substantial effort and mastery, but that doesn’t mean AI can’t help you along the way in your own writing journey.
Get 7 days (10,000 words of generated output) free to see just how much more you can accomplish with Magai!
Admittedly, my link is an affiliate, but you should know I asked Dustin for one a few days before finding out he was creating an affiliate program — I already knew I wanted to share this with people and skim a few coins off the top if you get a subscription thanks to my recommendation.