On Stories and Blind Spots

In the Winter 24 Advanced AI-Powered Storytelling Workshop, one student is finding out what many before have discovered (including me!):

I’m reviewing the past videos again. I have to rewatch them as apparently coming to the classes 15 minutes after I wake up is like going to the battlefield with an empty musket 😁. I’m appalled at the amount of information Im unable to process at this hour! I’m rewatching Lesson 2: The Players and I don’t remember half of it!

Here’s my answer, which will help define one of the most important aspects of large-language models and creative writing:

In regards to forgetting the course material, this will sound a bit strange–but your mind does not want to know how it works. it’s built to fool you into being driven and motivated towards something when in reality you don’t really need or want anything. :)

So, when you’re learning about how the mind works it’s only natural that you will learn one thing, only to complete “forget” it the next day. You need to have blind spots in order to have motivation (remember the car/heart?).

There are almost 30 years worth of analysis where you can hear me fumble through the Story Driver - a particularly frustrating blind spot of mine! - that’s totally natural and will likely shift and evolve over time.

So just count it as a normal part of the process.And know that you’ll always need that 3rd party/objective point-of-view to challenge your subjective bias (and blind spots). That’s usually the role of a writer’s group - but now with AI (Muse) you can get that instantly.

James R. Hull @jhull