2023 was a year that had more than its fair share of big, controversial events, but without a doubt, one of its defining stories was the rise of AI.
The past year saw the proliferation of large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, which, for the first time, have made it possible to have a real conversation with a computer. They’ve also enabled computers to perform dozens of other tasks that in the past, only humans could do, ranging from programming to summarizing press releases to writing pretty decent blog posts. (The article you’re reading right now wasn’t written by an AI, but it could have been.)
Nowhere has the impact of AI been felt more acutely than in the freelance writing industry. When ChatGPT 3 burst onto the scene, many writers were understandably afraid for their livelihoods.
That was a little over a year ago. We wanted to gauge the sentiment in the industry now that the dust has settled, so we contacted 11 professional writers and asked them a series of questions about:
- Whether they’ve started using AI tools when they write (and if so, how)
- How they’d rate the quality of AI-generated writing and whether readers can tell the difference
- How they expect AI to reshape the writing industry in the future
- What advice they have for aspiring writers who are afraid they won’t be able to compete with AI
Here’s what we found.
Who we surveyed
|Years of writing experience
|SEO and content writer
|Copywriter and writing coach
|Journalist; founder of a network of local news websites
|Writing coach and nonfiction editor
|Freelance journalist and editor
|Tech writer; background in PR
|SEO blog writer and social media content creator
|Writer, editor, and content marketer
|Freelance writer and editor
|Digital marketer; former marketing instructor at Duke University
|Copywriter and content writer