This paper describes a co-creative text generation system applied within a science fiction setting to be used by an established novelist. The project was initiated as part of The Dutch Book Week, and the generated text will be published within a volume of science fiction stories. We explore the ramifications of applying Natural Language Generation within a cocreative process, and examine where the cocreative setting challenges both writer and machine. We employ a character-level language model to generate text based on a large corpus of Dutch novels that exposes a number of tunable parameters to the user. The system is used through a custom graphical user interface, that helps the writer to elicit, modify and incorporate suggestions by the text generation system. Besides a literary work, the output of the present project also includes user-generated meta-data that is expected to contribute to the quantitative evaluation of the text-generation system and the co-creative process involved.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Creativity in Natural Language Generation (CC-NLG 2017)|
|Place of Publication||Santiago de Compostela, Spain|
|Publisher||Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)|
|Number of pages||37|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2017|
Manjavacas, E., Karsdorp, F. B., Burtenshaw, B., & Kestemont, M. (2017). Synthetic Literature: Writing Science Fiction in a Co-Creative Process. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Creativity in Natural Language Generation (CC-NLG 2017) (pp. 29). Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W17-3904