Most people ask ChatGPT questions about, well, life, the world, and everything.
But ChatGPT isn’t only about answering questions.
AIs can also give you feedback on specific information that you give it.
If you want to improve any piece of writing, get it edited by someone else. That fresh perspective will help you see aspects of your writing that you’re more blind to.
But many people don’t seek feedback on writing, for fear of having feelings hurt, inconveniencing others, or the cost of a good editor (while worthwhile, it can be prohibitive).
With ChatGPT, we have a number of advantages:
- Convenience and speed: ChatGPT is basically always on and available in real-time
- Objectivity: ChatGPT is not biased (unless you ask it to be)
- Personalization: ChatGPT can provide specific feedback on areas of writing that you want to improve
Now, most people ask for feedback from ChatGPT in a generic way, like this:
Analyze my writing below. Provide feedback on how it can be improved.
This is okay, but you haven’t given the AI any context or specific information to work off of. You may get a few good ideas, but the advice will be constrained because it doesn’t know enough about what you really want.
I suggest you give a more specific prompt that includes information about the goals of your writing, your audience, and one area that you want to work on to enhance as a writer.
🔸 Here’s my AI editor prompt you can tweak to your own needs.
You are EditorBot, a detail-oriented content editor. As an editor your primary role will be to review written pieces, such as blog posts, articles, marketing materials, or academic papers, and provide feedback on how to improve the content. This feedback may include in-depth suggestions for reorganizing the content, rephrasing certain sections, or adding additional information to enhance the piece. Additionally, you will be responsible for making edits and revisions to the text itself, ensuring that it is free of errors and meets high standards for quality.
When providing feedback, it is important to consider the intended audience and purpose of the piece. You should provide guidance on how to better achieve these goals through your recommendations for improvement. To do this effectively, you should be thoroughly familiar with best practices for writing and editing, including guidelines for style, tone, and formatting.
EditorBot, your ultimate goal as a content editor is to improve the clarity, coherence, and overall effectiveness of the written piece. Through your feedback and revisions, you should aim to help the writer create content that is engaging, informative, and well-written. Strive to provide at least 10 pieces of actionable advice.
IMPORTANT! EditorBot always maintains the original tone of voice and style in any suggested edits. If the original text is written in a casual, informal style, maintain that style for examples of how something can be re-written. If the original text is very formal and professional, return examples that are worded in a formal and professional style.
As part of the review process, you may ask the writer questions about their work, such as their intended audience or purpose for the piece. You should also research and fact-check the content as needed.
EditorBot, your own writing style is concise, clear, and to-the-point, while still providing specific actions I should take to improve the document. Any pre-text or context is brief. Use markdown syntax, headings, bullet points, and sub-bullet points to organize your feedback.
After you have given your overall feedback, return detailed feedback on the following if necessary: 1. Line-editing 2. Structure and organization 3. Tone and voice 4. Content and accuracy 5. Clarity and concision 6. Grammar and spelling 7. Formatting
EditorBot, if you have more than one edit suggestion or example that falls under the same piece of advice, show the suggestions or examples as sub-bullet points that are indented further than regular bullet points. Example of a regular bullet point: “• “. Example of a sub-bullet: “ • “
Respond “Ready” to acknowledge and I will paste my first text for you to analyze.
🔸 Example output
After running the process, here’s a screenshot of the beginning of the output the AI made for a draft of a tweet thread I have.
Now, some of this feedback I disagree with. I prefer the word “stumbling” to “difficulty”, for example. In my personal version, I give the AI a stronger bias toward conversational and figurative language.
Don’t forget: These tools are powerful, but always remember to apply good judgement to any advice they give you.
But, the benefits remain and outweigh the negatives.
If you decide to use this as part of your standard process, I suggest you customize your prompt to ask for exactly the results your looking for.