Need some help with your writing? Using AI, you can continue where you left off or explore new avenues with your story.
It can take a lot of time and work to write a story from scratch, but what if you could automate some of it? Thanks to recent improvements in creative AI technology, that is now very possible. If you’ve ever used a chatbot like ChatGPT or Bing Chat, you know how they can help you come up with ideas, improve story points you already have, and more. But these services have limited character counts and don’t always do a good job of coming up with complete stories. In the past few months, a number of websites have popped up that help AI write novels. So, here is a quick list of the best AI story makers you can use right now.
NovelAI is one of the easiest programs to use if you want to write a story. It has a good tutorial, a lot of settings that can be changed, and a beautiful layout.
NovelAI also lets you choose from different writing styles, so it can add some Edgar Allan Poe or Charles Dickens to your stories. You can also train the AI with your own writing, which will let it copy your style based on how you’ve written before. But this is a pretty expensive process, so you’ll have to lower your standards and limit the amount of text you give to the machine to learn from.
Regarding pricing, NovelAI provides a substantial free tier. The trial was sufficient to generate at least one multi-chapter narrative. Beyond that, you can generate unlimited text messages for as little as $10 per month. This is significantly less expensive than many other generative AI subscriptions, such as ChatGPT Plus and Midjourney’s subscription tiers.
Did you know that you can run your very own AI models offline to generate stories? This is because of publicly accessible large language models such as Meta’s Llama and Vicuna, which are prominent open-source ChatGPT alternatives. KoboldAI enables the execution of these AI models (along with many others) on your own machine.
Given that KoboldAI is not a commercial or paid service, there is a slight learning curve. You must either install it on your own computer or host it on a server in the cloud. Fortunately, it is also compatible with Google Colaboratory, a free service that provides temporary access to sophisticated computers. If you choose this method, you will have to wait a few minutes for KoboldAI to set up each time, but the entire process will cost you nothing, and you will be able to generate virtually unlimited text.
In its default function, KoboldAI generates a few sentences at a time as a writing assistant. So, for instance, you can provide the initial few sentences and then ask the AI to continue. However, you can also specify a theme and context for the AI to keep in mind while it generates the story.
You can alter the generated story at any time, add your own text to the mix, and otherwise fine-tune the output. Alternately, you can transition to Adventure mode, which allows you to roleplay as a fantasy story character. Imagine a text-based choose-your-own-adventure game in which the AI is capable of handling any response.
Sudowrite is a story-centric AI writing assistant designed specifically for long-form composition. As expected, it can create entire stories from inception when given a prompt. Then, you generate one or two lines of new text at a time and can modify the results at any time. It also employs OpenAI’s most recent GPT-4 language model.
You can also ask Sudowrite to rewrite specific sections, describe key subjects or sections, and generate character motivations and names, among other ideas. I received a full-fledged AI-generated backstory for the text “makeshift shelter” in the above screenshot, for instance, when I selected it. Certainly beneficial if you’re not feeling particularly creative right now.
However, there is a cost associated with the complex interface and abundance of features. A subscription to Sudowrite costs between $10 and $100 per month. Even with the most costly plan, you will only receive 300,000 AI-generated words. However, you can test it out for free, so you don’t have to enter entirely blindly.
Looking for a simple and straightforward AI narrative generator? The free demo of InferKit is the simplest available. Simply provide the beginning of a narrative, either a sentence or a paragraph, and the artificial intelligence will begin to generate a few sentences at a time. You can choose to generate up to one thousand characters at a time, and you can modify the generated story at any time.
InferKit allows you to generate 10,000 free characters per week, which is sufficient for two short stories. However, it is not intended to be a standalone AI authoring tool, so customization options are limited.