TextSpark offers the best suggestions when it knows what you want, but it's not a mind reader. It uses your last few hundred words to help it guess where your story is going, and makes the best suggestion it can from that.

Because of this, it can be useful to make sure that you're "priming your scene" when you ask it to generate some words by giving it as many clues as possible about what's important in your preceding paragraphs.

You can do this by making sure you've set up your previous 100-300 prior words in a way that makes the next series of events a logical progression, and it's especially important at the beginning of your scene. This means mentioning any characters you want to show up, setting up a conflict or catalyst, and sometimes getting some dialogue going between the characters so the AI gets a feel for your character speaking styles.

Example:

An example of "Scene Priming" is that you might have a scene with two straight couples on vacation, and you know that you want one of the women to get into a snarky fight with one of the men and for her to storm out with her boyfriend at the end of the scene, but you're flexible on the details.

In the first few hundred words, you could mention the names of all of the characters, clear physical indicators of the emotional states for the characters, and some short dialogue that begins the conflict you want. Setting things up like this makes it very easy for TextSpark to recognize the action that should happen and produce the argument you're looking for as you go back and forth with it.

This initial "Scene Priming" establishes some very useful starting conditions for contextual clues to help your AI co-writer:

  • It demonstrates your personal writing style with enough detail that the resulting text will still sound like your writing voice
  • It establishes the characters that are present
  • It establishes a conflict related to your characters or their situation

The personal writing style piece is super important. Whether your prose is short, choppy, and functional or you prefer to wax poetic with long passages about the beauty of the aged wood on the bed posts, TextSpark will try to match that. You want your writing to sound like you, so you need to show the AI what your unique voice sounds like!

Scene Priming is also helped along by our next tip: Type Framing.