Getting the Most from Generative AI: 6 Tips for Crafting Captivating Prompts

Nicole Ellis
4 min readOct 23, 2023

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In the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, Generative AI (GenAI) stands out as a remarkable technology that unlocks the doors to endless creative possibilities. From generating stunning visuals to composing poetic prose, this cutting-edge AI offers us a virtual collaborator, capable of bringing our wildest ideas to life. It’s no surprise then why many of us find ourselves at the forefront of this transformative era, eager to harness the full potential of GenAI.

To harness this technology’s magic, writing exceptional prompts plays a pivotal role. Just like a conductor guiding an orchestra, your prompts direct the AI, influencing the output it generates. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the quality of the inputs directly impacts the quality of the outputs.

Here, we delve into six best practices that will empower you to craft captivating prompts and unleash the true creative power of GenAI:

  1. Be Specific: Provide clear and specific instructions in your prompts. The more precise your guidance, the better the chances of getting the desired output. For example, instead of asking for a “landscape,” you could ask for a “sunset over a tranquil lake with vibrant hues of orange and purple.”
  2. Set the Tone and Style: Specify the tone and style you want the AI to adopt. Whether it’s a formal tone for a professional document or a conversational tone for a blog post, giving guidance on the desired style helps shape the output to align with your intentions.
  3. Provide Context and Constraints: Contextualize your prompt by providing relevant information or constraints. This helps the AI understand the specific scenario or limitations to consider when generating the content. For instance, if you’re asking for a short story prompt, you could specify the genre or include specific characters or settings.
  4. Iterate and Refine: If the initial output doesn’t match your expectations, iterate and refine your prompt. Experiment with different phrasings, provide additional examples, or adjust the level of detail until you get the desired output. It may take a few tries to find the right balance.
  5. Engage in a Dialogue: Sometimes, engaging in a dialogue with the AI model can yield better results. Rather than providing a single prompt, you can break down the task into a series of questions and answers. This interactive approach can help guide the AI’s understanding and improve the output.
  6. Review and Edit: Remember that AI-generated content may not be perfect on its own. Review the generated output, make necessary edits, and refine the content to align with your intended message. Treat AI-generated content as a starting point that requires your creative touch.

Remember, generative AI models are powerful, but they rely on clear instructions and guidance to deliver optimal results. By following these best practices, you can enhance the quality and relevance of the outputs generated by the AI, making them more aligned with your creative vision.

And for anyone asking, yes, GenAI helped me write this article. I’ve interacted with a few models almost daily for the past several months and they have gotten to know my blog, my audience, my tone and seemingly, how to read through my (sometimes lazy, though very iterative) prompts. The experience continues to be eye opening and I hope to have more tips to share in the near future.

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Nicole Ellis

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