Let’s just be honest here. Generative AI is such a game-changer for many of us.
Well, what’s not to love about it when it can spit out the result based on the prompts you enter?
That seems to be the case with Midjourney. It’s an AI tool that lets you create a custom image based on the prompts that you enter.
Simple enough, right?
It’s no wonder why so many people love using Midjourney.
While many authors use Midjourney to create images for their book covers, you can use it to help you in the writing process too.
Hold on, how is that even possible when Midjourney is a generative AI for images?
You don’t say that writing prompts can help with the writing process, do you?
Of course, the answer is no. But it can help with making your imagination runs wild.
You name it – world-building, character design.
Yes, this process tends to benefit fiction authors more. But you can do the same too if you’re nonfiction authors who write creative nonfiction and memoirs.
How authors use a generative AI tool like Midjourney in their work
I’m sure that many of you can relate to how hard it is to find the right images for your book cover.
Depending on the kind of book cover you’re aiming for, you may need to find more than one image.
Got the images you want? It’s not over yet.
You need to use a tool like Adobe Photoshop to combine these images together. That’s how you create a custom look for your book cover.
Not your jam? Well, you can pass them to your book cover designer and let the fella work on the magic for you.
Can’t seem to find the images you want on a stock photo website?
You can hire a professional illustrator to come up with a custom illustration for your book cover.
But Midjourney changes everything.
Rather than searching all over the Internet for images, you can create the images you want with Midjourney.
Of course, it’s not that simple considering that you need to be specific about what you want to create.
The more specific is your prompts, the better the result they will produce.
If you want to create anime fan art in the style of Van Gogh, then say so in your prompt.
Just to be clear that I have no idea how the result will turn out since I’m still green when it comes to using Midjourney.
But it’s worth trying just to see how it will turn out. Let me know in the comment if you did try it.
Another way to use Midjourney
While Midjourney can be heaven-sent for creating a professional-looking book cover for your book, it can be a little tricky if you want to copyright what you create using Midjourney.
Yes, Midjourney does allow commercial use for any images that you create from the tool.
But you can’t fully copyright the images due to the prompts that you use to create those images.
Sure, no two images are identical when you produce images with generative AI.
But the issue here is the prompts. The images are coming from the same prompts that you and the other person enter.
It’s because of this reason that makes the images that you create using Midjourney aren’t fully copyrighted.
If you’re planning to use Midjourney to come up with a character design for your story, then it’s tricky to copyright the character design.
Of course, I could be wrong about the copyright part. So, don’t quote me on that.
If using Midjourney will cause copyright issues down the road, then what you can use Midjourney for then?
Well, guess what?
You can use it to generate concept art for your book instead.
Use these images to guide you with the writing process instead
For many of us, the idea of using concept art as a part of the writing process may seem like a bizarre concept.
But using concept art as a way to convey the story isn’t anything new. They’re widely used in the animation and video game industry.
Think of it like finding images on Pinterest for your writing inspiration.
The only difference is that you use Midjourney to create concept art that is tailored to the story you write.
You can’t do that with the images that you scour from Pinterest.
If there’s one thing I want Midjourney to do for me, it will be this one.
This is the reason that got me excited to give Midjourney a spin.
You can use these images for other things too
Of course, concept art isn’t just limited to guiding the writing process for you.
You can use the same concept art to share them with your readers on social media and on your blog if you’re doing content marketing.
Using concept art can garner more interest in your book too, especially when the book is still in the first draft stage.
Believe it or not, some people love looking at concept art.
You’ll never know that they may be interested in reading your book because of the concept art alone.
The good news is coming up with concept art is no longer an issue any more thanks to Midjourney.
Will I be using Midjourney to create an illustration for my book cover?
I won’t deny that the thought of using Midjourney to create a custom illustration for my book is rather alluring.
But the copyright issue is a little concerning considering that I want to have full ownership of the character design.
I have yet to decide whether I want to use Midjourney to create a custom illustration for my book cover as I write this.
But I really am considering the idea of using Midjourney to come up with a custom illustration for my book.
Even if I decided not to in the end, I still want to use Midjourney to create concept art for all of my books.
Say whatever you want about generative AI destroying the creative job whatsoever.
But a generative AI tool like Midjourney is heaven-sent for someone like me who can’t even draw a proper stick figure, let alone create amazing art that makes people go gaga over your art.
P.S. While you can share what you create with Midjourney on Twitter, you need to post your tweet when most of your readers are online for better engagement.
So, how can you post your tweets at the right time without having to glue yourself to Twitter all the time?
Well, you can learn all that with my guide, Twitter Marketing for Business.
You can take a look at the guide right here on my Payhip store:
Don’t forget to use the coupon code THEEFFICIENTYOUBLOG during checkout to get 20% off on your purchase.
Love what The Efficient You has to offer?
If you find any of the guides or posts on this website useful, consider supporting me on Buy Me a Coffee. With a one-time minimum fee of $5, I can continue to provide more free resources for people like you who’d like to become full-time authors. You can also support this website monthly or annually if you feel generous. Any amounts count!