ChatGPT Teaches Writing: Common Challenges in Using ChatGPT for Writing and How to Overcome Them

A Course on Using AI to Write — LESSON 8

Teodora Pirciu
12 min readFeb 15


ICYMI: LESSON 4 — Writing the First Draft with ChatGPT's Help

LESSON 5 — Proofreading and Editing Your Writing Using ChatGPT

LESSON 6 — Enhancing Your Writing with Advanced ChatGPT Features

LESSON 7 — Publishing and Promoting Your Writing Using ChatGPT

Identify and address some of the most common challenges that writers face when using ChatGPT

Welcome to today's lesson on 'Common Challenges in Using ChatGPT for Writing and How to Overcome Them.' This lesson will give you the tools and knowledge you need to make the most of this powerful writing tool.

So let's dive in!

Lack of control

Achieve greater control over what ChatGPT produces and use it as a powerful tool for writing projects

Using a machine learning model to generate text can be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. Since the model generates text based on patterns it has learned from a vast corpus of text, it can sometimes produce output that is not what the writer intended or expected.

Here are a few strategies that can help to overcome the lack of control that can come with using ChatGPT for writing:

Use prompt engineering

Craft your prompts to steer the model toward producing the desired output. For example, you can add specific keywords or phrases to your prompt that signal what you want it to focus on to the model.

Here are some prompt engineering best practices that a writer can use to gain more control over what ChatGPT produces:

🚀 When crafting your prompt, be as specific and concise as possible. Use clear and precise language, and avoid overly broad or vague terms.

🚀 Incorporate relevant background information or reference previous text parts to help the model understand what you're trying to convey.

🚀 Don't be afraid to experiment with different prompts and see what works best for your specific use case. Try using different sentence structures, word choices, or formatting…



Teodora Pirciu

Writer, mother, journalist, content marketer, day-dreamer, chocolate lover, freelancer. Not necessarily in this order.