I’m fascinated by A.I. (and since I’m a former veterinarian, let me clarify, I mean the artificial intelligence variety, not the artificial insemination kind.) First, it was MidJourney and now it’s QuickWrite. I bit the bullet earlier this week and purchased a lifetime subscription (with a 30-day guarantee to try it out.) Thanks, Skye MacKinnon for posting about it. My first experiment – create a character description.
I entered: Nathan Whitehall Oil Rig Boss (Nathan is a secondary character in my upcoming book, RainForest Shaman.)
A few seconds later it gave me:
Nathan Whitehall is an oil rig boss who is in his early fifties. He is balding with a fringe of greying hair and has piercing blue eyes. He is a large man with a barrel chest and thick arms. He wears stained overalls and a hard hat. He is a gruff man with a no-nonsense attitude. He is a tough boss but a fair one. He expects his workers to work hard and follow his orders. But he also knows how to have a good time. He is often seen in the local bars, telling stories and buying rounds of drinks for his friends.
And I expanded it to:
Nathan Whitehall is an oil rig boss who is in his early fifties. He is balding with a fringe of greying hair and has piercing gray eyes. He is a large man with a barrel chest and thick hairy arms. He wears stained overalls with a C.E. logo on the chest and a hard hat. He is a gruff man with a no-nonsense attitude. He is a tough boss who is more interested in reaching quota than he is in staying inside the regulations or even the law. He expects his workers to work hard and follow his orders no matter what they are, but he also knows how to have a good time. He is often seen in the local bars, telling stories and buying rounds of drinks for his friends. Of course, everyone is a friend when you’re willing to buy them drinks.
It’s early in the experiment, and I’m pleased so far. Are any other writers or other creatives out there trying it out? What do you think?
Here is the image I selected from the four preliminary ones MidJourney gave back from the first couple of lines of QuickWrite’s description.
Clearly, I’ve now added two A.I.s to my creative team.

You may also enjoy reading the opening scenes of my current WIP (work-in-progress), Rainforest Shaman, book 5 of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series.