Wednesday, March 6, 2024

IWSG - Book Tour & Amanda Casey Book Launch

It's IWSG time! And I'm excited I didn't have another gap since I was running every other month there for four months.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a place for writers to air their insecurities and support each other. Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, it occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Anyone can join. Simply click on his name and sign up on the IWSG tab.

The co-hosts this month are Kristina Kelly, Miffie Seideman, Jean Davis, and Liza Salerno.

The optional question this month is: Have you "played" with AI to write those nasty synopses, or do you refuse to go that route? How do you feel about AI's impact on creative writing?

I'm not touching it with a 10-foot pole. I write because I enjoy writing.

I've also been seeing the harm it's causing from an angle maybe some folks haven't. Short story markets have been having to shut down over the last few months because they're being absolutely flooded with AI submissions from non-writers. Markets are having to figure out how to pick out the AI submissions. A highly respected speculative fiction magazine, Clarkesworld, had to shut down for a bit because they were featured in one of those articles on how to make easy money, with the pitch that you could use AI to write short stories and submit them. Since it's a pro-pay market, it was considered a great target. I'm sure others have been featured similarly. 

Because of all this, speculative fiction markets keep shutting down, at least temporarily, so it's already impacting short story authors. But even novelists are going to be impacted. The RWA is doing a workshop on using AI to help with your books, taught by an author who openly uses AI to mill out books already. Self-published authors were already constantly under attack from some traditionalists, and now self-published "authors" who use AI are going to make that worse by putting up poor quality novels that compete with the real books and make a joke of self-pubbed folks.

So that's how I feel about it. It's already impacting my worlds.


My book tour is going on right now, though I'm still looking for help if you're willing and able. You can sign up by clicking HERE. Below is the current schedule:

March 4 - Patricia J.L.'s blog Twisting the Myths: I write about the background of Wendigo in Michigan Isn't Safe From the Wendigo

March 6 - Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog: I write about my favorite childhood myths in movie form in Childhood Magic

March 8 - Roland Yeoman's blog: I write about Sasquatch in A Sasquatch by Any Other Name

March 13 - Anna at Elements of Emaginette, where she'll be writing about her favorite mythological character

March 15 - Jonathan and Kristina will be writing about their favorite mythological creature(s)

March 15 - Sandra Cox at Sandra's Place: I write Three Character Foodie Facts with Selina Moonstone

March 15 - Nate at Habitual Hobbit: Topic TBA

March 15 - DeAnna Knippling at Wonderland Press: I write about Ogopogo

March 18 - Steven Arellano Rose at Far Out Fantastic with a Q&A

March 20 - Toi Thomas at The Toibox of Words

And in April, Mary at Dimensions in Fiction

Thank you to the following people who shared out in other ways: HR Sinclair, Amanda Casey, and Natalie Aguirre.

Speaking of Amanda Casey, she has a new book out, as well! You can find out more at her website.

I was a guest at Geeky Gamer Podcast. I can't even sum up what we discussed--creatures, books, Dreadlore (the game), voice actors, and more.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your insecurities? How do you feel about AI? What's your favorite mythological creature? How do you feel about online book launches?

May you find your Muse.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Good luck with your blog tour. That's too bad that authors are shutting down markets by using Al in the wrong ways. I see it as a tool for other tasks, but not for writing creatively.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You're right, it is already impacting our writing. Markets shutting down means fewer options for real writers.

Miffie Seideman said...

Oh, wow. I hadn't heard about the short story world impact. But it makes sense, since I feel this push for AI writing is money-driven. I also haven;t understood authors using AI, since it says "I want to be a writer" and also "I want someone else to write the book and let me get the money." I agree that the markets are already being flooded with poor quality works, damaging the industry more for those of us working our craft in a more honest way.
Good luck with your writing!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Ugh. I hadn’t realized that about AI, though I’m aware most markets are being specific about not wanting any AI products. I suppose the sorts of people who want to be published without doing the actual work will just ignore that, thus claiming as theirs the work of a machine that has “learned” to write by stealing the work of human writers. Disgusting on several levels.

F. Stone said...

Hi Shannon: It appears many in our group are of the same, similar mind. AI is not ready and, I hope, will never reach the level of creativity that readers expect. That ingredient that is un-nameable, un-programmable; that ingredient that comes from a heart and spirit. If I can participate in your blog hop, I am interested in sharing my real life experiences :)

Fundy Blue said...

Congratulations on your book, Shannon! I hope it does well. Your post made me realize how much I didn't know about the impact of AI on writing. Thanks for filling me in!

Loni Townsend said...

I heard about that problem with the short story submissions. One of my critique group members works the slush pile and says it's become a real problem. It's disappointing, really.

Grats on your new book! That's awesome!

emaginette said...

Thanks for the news about the markets. I had no idea things were running such amok.

Anna from elements of emaginette

Jennifer Lane said...

Wow, I hadn't heard that about the short story world. How sad.

Congrats on your new release! I signed up for 3/25.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm staying away from AI as well. It's depressing how much it has already impacted the creative spheres. So frustrating

Patricia JL said...

I've heard about the problems AI is causing short story publications. So annoying because AI should just be a tool, not a substitute for writing.

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

I dont believe we true writers have any business giving our art and craft over to an AI program. Those people who write the majority of their work using AI in all reality aren't the authors, the AI is! So it's like what nerve they have calling themselves such!

I'm working on those questions for the book tour this evening and will have them to you by tomorrow. I'm looking forward to you talking more about your book!

Annalisa Crawford said...

It's so sad people see AI short stories as a way to make money when writers have known forever that you don't get rich via writing! It saddens me that something I've wanted to do since I was a child is being diminished to something a computer can do while I... what, do chores? :-(

Sandra Cox said...

I did not know that about short stories!
Enjoy the tour. See you Friday.

Kim Elliott said...

I hate that AI is going after writers and artists. Creative fields have never been easy areas in which to succeed. It’s going to become downright impossible.