Monday, March 6, 2023

Create a Graphic Novel Using AI Tools

Science fiction graphic novels are a great way to bring stories to life. Starting with an existing screenplay such as "Lieutenant Henry Gallant" by H. Peter Alesso. We'll walk through the process of creating a science fiction graphic novel using ChapGPT, Midjourney, and Comic Life.

Step 1: Use ChapGPT to create the MidJourney prompts for the related graphic imagines using the screenplay for "Lieutenant Henry Gallant" by H. Peter Alesso. The prompts from ChapGPT are created by asking it to generate a scene-by-scene description of the book. ChatGPT provides a detailed set of prompt instructions based on the character's behavior and actions in the scene.

Step 2: Midjourney is a digital art tool that makes it easy to create character and scenery designs. It can create designs for the main characters such as Henry Gallant, his shipmates, and his ship. We select the "Character" option from the main menu and start creating our character designs by choosing from a variety of body types, hairstyles, facial features, and clothing options to create our characters. Once we've created our characters, we can save them as PNG files and import them into Comic Life.

Step 3: Comic Life is a powerful editing tool for creating comic books and graphic novels. We start a new project by selecting the "Graphic Novel" template and importing our script and character designs into Comic Life. We can use the script to plan out the layout of each page, adding panels and dialogue boxes as needed. We can also use the character designs to add illustrations to each panel. Comic Life can import our script and MidJourney character and background images, and then lay them out on each page of the graphic novel. Adding text bubbles for dialog.

Once we've completed our graphic novel, we can export it as a PDF or other format and share it with readers.

The cover and first scene are as follows:

Page 1

The results are remarkable considering that this took less than twenty minutes for the entire process.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Write Like Jane Austin

Jane Austen is considered one of the most important and influential authors of her time. Writing during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, her novels were noted for their wit, social commentary, and depiction of everyday life. Her novels, such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility," are considered masterpieces of the genre of romantic fiction and remain popular to this day. Austen's work is often seen as a reflection of the social norms and values of her era, and she is credited with helping to define the literary genre of the novel. Her work is also notable for its strong, independent female characters, who were atypical for the time period. In terms of influence, Austen's work has had a lasting impact on the way romance is depicted in literature and popular culture. Her novels have been adapted into countless films, television shows, and stage productions, and her themes and characters continue to be referenced and parodied in contemporary works.

One of the most notable ways in which Austen's work continues to influence modern writers is through the use of strong, independent female characters. Her novels, such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma," feature women who are intelligent, resourceful, and capable of making their own choices, which was a departure from the traditional portrayal of women in literature at the time. This has had a lasting impact, and many contemporary novels, particularly in the romance genre, feature similar types of characters.

Another way in which Austen's work continues to influence modern day writers is through the use of wit and social commentary. Her novels are known for their sharp and often humorous observations of society and the human condition, and this type of writing is still popular today. Many contemporary authors continue to be inspired by her ability to blend humor and satire with serious themes and characters. Additionally, Austen's novels are known for their complex, nuanced portrayals of relationships, particularly romantic relationships. Her work explores the nuances of love, attraction, and courtship in a way that is still relevant today. Her ability to create relatable, realistic characters and their relationships have influenced many of the contemporary romance writers, many have tried to recreate the same kind of complexity and realism in their work.

Studying Austen's writing style can help a new author develop their own writing skills. Austen's writing is known for its economy of language and its ability to convey a great deal of meaning with just a few words. She also uses a distinctive narrative voice that is both witty and observant, which can be a valuable tool for new authors looking to develop their own voice. Additionally, Austen's writing is also known for its precision and attention to detail, which can be a valuable skill for a new author to learn.

Overall, Jane Austen's work continues to be a major influence on modern day writers, particularly in the romance genre. Her themes, characters, and writing style continue to be celebrated and referenced in contemporary literature, making her an essential part of literary history. Her influence on the romance genre is undeniable, and her work is an essential part of literary history.

Using a tool like ChatGPT can enhance writing in the style of Jane Austen by providing access to a vast corpus of text and language patterns. ChatGPT can assist in developing a distinctive narrative voice, similar to Austen's witty and observant style, and can also help to generate complex, nuanced portrayals of relationships and characters, similar to those found in Austen's novels. Additionally, ChatGPT can aid in the incorporation of social commentary and satire, elements that are prevalent in Austen's work. Overall, ChatGPT can serve as a valuable tool for writers looking to emulate Austen's writing style and improve their own writing skills.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Creating Videos from AI

ChatGPT and MidJourney are two tools that can be used to build animated stories for the web. Here are the steps and specifics for using these tools to create your own animated story:

Start by installing ChatGPT and MidJourney on your computer. You can do this by visiting the ChatGPT website and following the instructions for installation.

Next, you will create a story and write a script. This will involve writing out all of the dialogue and actions that will take place in your story. It is important to be as detailed as possible when writing your script, as this will help to guide the animation process.

Once you have your script written, you can use ChatGPT to generate dialogue and character interactions. ChatGPT is a natural language processing tool that can generate human-like dialogue based on the prompts you give it. To use ChatGPT, you will need to enter your script into the tool and then specify which characters should be speaking and what they should be saying. ChatGPT will then generate dialogue based on this information.

Once you have generated your dialogue, you can use MidJourney to bring your story to life through animation. MidJourney allows you to create 2D animations using a simple drag-and-drop interface. To use MidJourney, you will need to import your script and then use the tool's various animation tools. This will involve creating characters, setting up scenes, and adding in any special effects or transitions that you want to include.

Finally, you can use a web publishing platform, such as WordPress or Wix, to create a website for your animated story. Simply upload your finished animation to the platform and use the provided tools to create a website that showcases your work.

By following these steps, you should be able to create a professional-quality animated story using ChatGPT and MidJourney. Remember to be patient and take your time when creating your story, as the process can be time-consuming but the end result will be worth it.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Writing Styles

Ernest Hemingway is a literary giant whose writing style has had a lasting impact on the world of literature. His simple, straightforward prose and his use of dialogue and symbolism have made him a household name and a revered figure among writers and readers alike. In comparison to a well-known modern author, we can see how Hemingway's style differs from that of J.K. Rowling.

Hemingway's writing is characterized by its brevity and its lack of unnecessary flourishes. He believed in conveying the maximum amount of information with the least amount of words, a philosophy that is exemplified in his use of short, declarative sentences. This style creates a sense of immediacy and realism, allowing the reader to experience the events of the story as if they are happening in real time.

In contrast, J.K. Rowling's writing is known for its attention to detail and its rich, immersive world-building. While Hemingway's writing is stripped down to its essentials, Rowling's writing is filled with descriptive language and extensive backstories that help to create a fully realized and vividly imagined world. This difference in style is exemplified in the vastly different worlds of Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" and Rowling's "Harry Potter" series.

While these two authors have different approaches to writing, they both have left an indelible mark on the world of literature. Hemingway's simple, straightforward prose has inspired countless writers, while Rowling's immersive, detailed storytelling has captivated readers around the world. Both Hemingway and Rowling are testament to the enduring power of the written word and the many different ways it can be used to captivate and inspire readers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Writing a science fiction novel

 Writing a science fiction novel about a space fleet hero who is a Natural in a genetically enhanced navy can be an exciting and rewarding project. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Start with a strong premise: Before you begin writing, take some time to think about the core concept of your novel. What makes your space fleet hero unique? What challenges will they face, and how will they overcome them? A clear and compelling premise will give your story direction and help you stay focused as you write.

  2. Develop your characters: In addition to your space fleet hero, you'll want to create a cast of supporting characters who will interact with your hero and help drive the story forward. Consider their motivations, personalities, backgrounds, and how they will fit into the larger narrative of your novel.

  3. Build a rich, immersive world: Science fiction is all about world-building, so be sure to spend some time developing the setting of your novel. This includes the physical world (e.g., the layout of the galaxy, the design of the space fleet) as well as the social and political landscape (e.g., the government and the culture of the fleet).

  4. Incorporate scientific elements: While science fiction is a genre that allows for much creative freedom, it's important to incorporate some scientific elements into your story. This could include things like the laws of physics, the technology used by the space fleet, or the biology of the genetically enhanced navy.

  5. Pay attention to pacing: A good science fiction novel should keep readers engaged from beginning to end. Pay attention to your story's pacing and ensure enough actions, tension, and plot twists to keep readers invested in your hero's journey.

  6. Edit and revise: No first draft is perfect, so be prepared to put in the work to revise and edit your novel. This can include cutting unnecessary scenes, adding new elements, or restructuring the story to make it more cohesive.

With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to writing a compelling science fiction novel about a space fleet hero who is a Natural in a genetically enhanced navy. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Recently, I’ve been adding audiobook editions for my ebooks and my curiosity was aroused about what future editions might be coming as the Internet technology continues to blossom and more devices are distributed.

We’ve gone from traditional hardcover and paperback books to e-book and now audiobook versions becoming widely available. Some authors would like to get a movie option for their book and see their creation on the movie screen.

There is a possibility of a technology in-between an audiobook and a full movie production.

It’s a book-movie.

A book-movie could be a book-trailer done for the full length of the book using video, graphics, sound effects, and narration.

Wait a minute, can that be cost-effect? Is there an audience?

Today a book trailer with narration, video, and graphics costs about $1000 for a five-minute video that summarizes the book.

Consider that a book of twenty chapters (20 scenes) might be equivalent to twenty book trailers.

While this would cost far less than a multimillion dollar movie production, it would still be a large capital investment for an author (or a production team working for a percent like ACX narrators) hoping to sell book-movies to an interested public.

What kind of devices would be available to make this a worthwhile experience? Would authors be interested in offering such a product? Would an audience for book-movies develop over time?

Please offer your opinions and speculations.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Love Triangles for Authors

Stories are all about the characters’ relationships. Whether they face big, or small events, their relationships drive the action, conflict, and eventually the crises in their lives. While some characters aid the protagonist toward his goals, the antagonist and his allies are dangerous opposition.

In constructing the plot to a compelling story, the author must explore each character and his relationship to the protagonist.  But rather than a simple direct one-to-one model for these relationships, we explore the complexities of triangular relationships.

The most well known is the “love triangle” (see Figure 1) where the protagonist competes for the affections of his lover against a rival. Typically, this consists of two men contending for the affections of one girl, as in the case in Casablanca where Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tries to win back Ilsa (Ingrid Berman) from her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid).

However, there are notable variations to this theme, such as Star Wars where Luke and Hans Solo appear to be rivals for Princess Leia, but in the sequel, we find out Luke is her brother. Likewise, in Harry Potter, we find Harry and Ron teaming with Hermione until we learn Harry has other interests.

A classic example is Romeo and Juliet. Here, Romeo seeks Juliet’s affection despite Juliet’s mother’s controlling love, who believes Juliet to be too young and Romeo unsuitable.

However, each of these stories is constructed with much more than just a Love triangle relationship. Each also contains a Hate triangle relationship (see Figure 2).

In Casablanca, consider Major Strasser ---- Rick ---- German Command
In Star Wars, consider Vader ---- Luke ---- Emperor
In Harry Potter, consider Malfoy ---- Harry ----Voldemort
In Romeo and Juliet, consider Tybalt ----- Romeo ---- Prince.

In addition, every story must have mediating relationships (see Figure 3) that precipitate critical events and crises. These mediators are placed in appropriate positions to set off the fireworks that bring about the conflicts and eventual climax. Each mediator has a sub-triangle connecting them to the protagonist and one other essential relationship.

In Casablanca
Renault – arrests and then frees Rick
Ferrari – assists escape plans
Carl – assists Ilsa and Victor in contacting underground
Sam – connects lovers

In Star Wars
The Empire’s Admiral attacks the Rebels
Rebels fight against empire
Droids assist Luke and Leia on their missions
Wookie helps

In Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy threatens and obstructs Harry
Snapes menaces Harry
Dumbledore helps Harry solve problems
Hagrid gives council

In Romeo and Juliet,
Nurse helps set path to suicide
Priest helps set path to fake suicide then lets it happen
Mercutio death precipitates crisis
Benvolio encourages Romeo

Finally, putting all this together (see Figure 4) we find a square composed of eight individual triangles that fit together into a square building block of interrelated characters all of which must work together to create a story.

In the Casablanca Model for example (see Figure 5), consider the two small triangles of Rick-Sam-Ilsa and Rick-Sam-Victor that bring together the larger Love triangle of Rick-Ilsa-Victor. Recall that Sam has a pivotal role on the piano playing “As Time Goes By.” And realize the complicated mix of emotions in the small triangle of Rick dealing between Victor and the Freedom Fighters. Rick has sentiments for both, yet he is pulled in a conflicting direction by the basic Love triangle. It’s the author’s job to give weight to each emotion these triangles provoke.

It’s tricky exploring these triangles. We find that each character faces conflicting complex choices. Each triangle reveals more layers of involvement. Not every character’s nature remains fixed throughout. Consider French Police Chief Renault who in the end joins Rick and switches sides from Vichy to Freedom Fighter.