Prompting ChatGPT to respond in different writing styles and lengths

Continuing the discussion from Writing effective prompts for ChatGPT:

Wrriting styles

ChatGPT can respond in different writing styles based on your request. You can specify the style you want in your prompt, and the AI will attempt to adapt its response accordingly. Some examples of writing styles include:

  1. Formal: For academic, professional, or official contexts. Example: “Discuss the principles of democratic governance in a formal tone.”

  2. Informal: For casual, conversational, or friendly contexts. Example: “Explain the process of creating a new law in an informal and conversational tone.”

  3. Persuasive: For presenting a convincing argument or point of view. Example: “Write a persuasive paragraph advocating for the implementation of a universal basic income policy.”

  4. Descriptive: For vividly describing a scene, event, or concept. Example: “Describe the impact of a successful public health campaign on a community using vivid and descriptive language.”

  5. Narrative: For telling a story or illustrating a concept through a story. Example: “Tell a story about a local government’s efforts to address climate change through innovative policymaking.”

  6. Humorous: For adding a touch of humor or light-heartedness to the response. Example: “Explain the challenges of balancing a national budget with a humorous twist.”

  7. Simplified: For making complex concepts or ideas more accessible and easy to understand. Example: “Explain the concept of fiscal policy in simple terms, suitable for a young audience.”

You can also get ChatGPT to learn the writing style used for particular content and then have it replicate that style in future responses. For example, the following prompt creates a new prompt that you can use to replicate a writing style: “Examine the style, voice, and tone of the following text and devise a prompt that generates the same style, voice, and tone. [Text]”

Response length

You can prompt ChatGPT to provide responses of a specific length by specifying your preference in the prompt. The AI will attempt to adapt its response to fit the requested length. Here are some examples of how to request different response lengths:

  1. Brief response: Ask for a short or concise answer. Example: “Provide a brief explanation of the concept of fiscal policy.”

  2. One-sentence response: Request an answer in just one sentence. Example: “Explain the concept of fiscal policy in one sentence.”

  3. Detailed response: Ask for a longer, more comprehensive answer. Example: “Provide a detailed explanation of the different tools used in fiscal policy.”

  4. Summary: Request a summary or overview of a topic. Example: “Summarize the key objectives of fiscal policy.”

Keep in mind that very short responses might not cover all aspects of a topic or may oversimplify complex concepts. Conversely, very long responses might include more information than needed or delve into tangential topics. It is essential to strike a balance between the level of detail and the response length that best suits your needs.

How this image was created using AI

The following prompt was used with ChatGPT (GPT-3.5):

Suggest some prompts that can be used to generate an image to accompany the following website post: [post text]

One of the prompts suggested by ChatGPT was as follows:

Develop a visual metaphor for each writing style. For instance, for formal writing, depict a quill pen writing on parchment, while for informal writing, show a person typing on a laptop in a relaxed setting.

This prompt was then used to create an image using Image Creator from Microsoft Bing.