Content Strategy Writer for Hire

As a writer, I’ve been covertly using AI for years through things like ProWritingAid and Grammarly (editing software). So, I’m entering the AI conversation with a bias towards it. AI has made me a better writer.

But I’m also keenly aware of AI’s shortcomings. I use both ProWritingAid AND Grammarly for editing because they can miss errors (or I can miss seeing them on their platform). With the two together, I’m very close to error-free writing.

I was quick to set up an OpenAI account (the company that runs ChatGBT), but a little slow to understand how to make it work for me.

What I’m finding as I experiment with AI in my writing is echoed by many others. So far, AI is great for generating ideas, giving an outline, and offering options to reword an awkward sentence or paragraph. But AI is missing the human touch. The feeling behind the writing.

AI Writing is Good, But Not Amazing

For example, I didn’t know how to start this article. So, I asked ChatGBT for an opening paragraph and got this response:

🚀 Exciting times in the world of writing and artificial intelligence! 📚✨ As a writer, I’ve always been fascinated by the power of words and the way they can shape our understanding of the world. But with the rapid advancement of AI technology, we find ourselves at the crossroads of creativity and innovation.

It’s OK for an opening paragraph. But it’s not me. What it offered was a launching point that I could customize. And it saved me 10-15 minutes of starting and stopping dozens of intros until I got to one I liked (which I later edited out completely).

I think that’s where AI is the most helpful—idea generation. It’s like having a creative (but kind of dry) collaborator in the room with me who’s always ready to contribute ideas.

AI Writing is Language Prediction, Not Information Verification

When it comes to research, I’ve had varying success using ChatGBT. Sometimes it’s bang on, and super helpful. Other times, it throws in some information that’s completely wrong. That’s when I remember that it’s a language generator and not a knowledge hub.

So, that collaborator in the room will answer any question I have, but those answers need to be verified. It still saves time, though. I’d much rather ask ChatGBT about something and then check the sketchy answers than ask Google and click through a dozen sites trying to find the right answer.

With all AI (including paid versions) there are still the questions of security and ownership of AI-generated content that I don’t have answers to. I’m using two rules in all my work for now, and I’ll need to adapt as AI develops and as I learn more.

Writing with AI Rule #1: Be Careful What You Input

My first rule is that I never input any confidential, proprietary, or company info into any AI prompt except to access general information.

For example, I’ll ask ChatGBT to give me a summary of Word Nerds Writing and Publishing Inc (that’s my company). But I wouldn’t tell it to write a proposal from Word Nerds to Company X for Service Y. Instead, I’d ask for a proposal written by a content services company to another company, giving general descriptions.

Then, I’d take that information into a separate document, add in relevant details, and customize it to have my voice and USP.

Writing with AI Rule #2: Make it Special

There’s no copy-paste-send happening with AI-generated content. There’s copy-paste-edit-edit-insert-write-edit-delete-edit-send. The human connection is the part that’s missing from AI-generated content. Fortunately, that’s what I bring as a writer.

I know what my client wants to communicate to their audience. I know how to polish that information for their specific audience. And that’s what I love to do.

Of course, AI will get better at generating usable content. As that happens, I’ll adjust my approach as needed. I don’t think AI is going anywhere, so I need to learn the tools available and use them to provide the best possible writing for my clients.

Bonus: What about kids in school? Should they be allowed to use AI? I think they absolutely should—but only after being taught about how AI generates content, what it does with the data you input, and (super important) how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate what AI provides.


“Everywhere, women are worse off than men…”

“Everywhere, women are worse off than men, simply because they are women.” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, Feb.26 2020

I read this quote from the Secretary-General of the UN on Twitter over two weeks ago. Although I quickly scrolled past, the quote lodged itself in my brain and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

As a women’s fiction author, my focus in every book is the stories of women as they live, face challenges, grow, and change. But women’s stories—our stories—don’t exist in a fiction vacuum. Every day we’re living lives that are harder, just because we’re women.

Hang on! If you’re about to move on because this seems like a whiny ‘poor us’ post, please stick with me a little longer. I refuse to bring up any issue and just leave it there to upset or discourage you. This blog, (and many more to come-YAY!), will look at the issues we face (using carefully researched facts) and what we can do about them.

I didn’t grow up thinking I was worse off because I was a girl. In fact, I grew up being thrilled I was a girl! To me, the only ‘unfair’ part was getting my period every month. Maybe you felt the same way.

And I’m definitely happy to be a woman and wouldn’t have it any other way. But there’s another side of our story—one that needs to be told and addressed. That’s the inequalities we face. Here are a few examples (you can click on the colored part of each statement to go directly to the source):

-Women get paid less than men for the same work

-Working women who take time off to have children are financially worse off than women who do not have children

-Because women get paid less and lose income (and savings) when they have babies, they have significantly lower pension savings

I know this is discouraging to read. Please stick with me here! Just a few more important notes about inequalities:

-Stay-at-home moms rarely (never?) get paid a salary to do one of the most important jobs in the world. Even with a supportive partner, that partner is likely working and contributing to their own retirement savings while the stay-at-home mom receives nothing.

-Even though women save less than men for retirement, they live longer. Those smaller savings need to be stretched further!

-Have you heard of the pink tax? Things marketed to women cost more than those marketed to men. Everything from deodorant to scooters to haircuts to clothes. And what about the things women must buy: feminine products, bras, birth control? Plus, women in the workforce are often expected to wear makeup and achieve a certain image standard, which means it costs more to be a working woman than a working man in the exact same profession—YUCK!

The short version here is that women make less, save less, live longer, must purchase things men don’t need to purchase, and pay more for many items than men do. Yep, pretty annoying to say the least.

Today, March 8, 2020, is International Women’s Day. The motto for this year is:

An equal world is an enabled world.

So, on this International Women’s Day when we’re all about seeking equality what can we do?

Talk About It

Please talk about it! Tell your partners, your moms, your sisters, your daughters, and especially your sons. Let them know that this exists, and it’s bad for women and for our entire society. The upside is that gender equality is good for everyone! If you read one link in this blog, read this one:

When your children talk about having a family, talk about how they can protect a women’s income and savings. Encourage your daughters to pursue income equality. Talk about shared domestic chores.


Period poverty is a tragic reality for girls (and women) living under the poverty line. Across the world, girls are skipping school every month because they can’t afford feminine products. Scotland is changing this, or at least they’re trying to change this. It’s ironic that many are claiming the program will be too expensive. Duh. Legislators, meet period poverty. It’s expensive.

In 2018, the Canadian government created a Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE). Their first act was to legislate pay equality across Canada, but it’s yet to be enacted. Two years on, there’s still a lot of ground to gain.

More Women in Leadership

Men used to claim that there weren’t enough qualified women to place in leadership roles. That’s not the case. In fact, I think many women are far more qualified than men and still aren’t given roles (ahem… looking at you, Democrats in the US).

This is another place where legislation helps, but we need to go further than that and start challenging our ineffective out-of-date thinking about women. This article I wrote for a client back in 2018 explains some of the benefits of having women on corporate boards, but in other research, I learned that investors penalize boards that hire women—with no factual basis to do so!

Tell the Stories

You might have noticed that my Success on Her Terms series brings up some of these issues (gently). Fiction has the power to open people’s minds and change their beliefs. It’s a lofty goal, but I do hope that my novels show everyone how amazing women are, and how unfair their struggles can be.

I also believe that when we share our stories and our own experiences with others, we begin to shift perceptions.

What do you think? If you’re willing to have your comments viewed publicly, please go to this blog on my website and add your comments. If you have a private comment, just reply to this email. I read and appreciate every single reply.

There’s more to come! I’ll continue to write about the issues that impact women, both in my novels and on this blog. If this resonates with you, please share, share, share! Do it for yourself, your sisters, your moms, your daughters, your aunts, your friends, and all the men in the world who live better lives because of women.

Thanks for reading,