Your Super Secret A. I. Writing Assistant

Pete Weishaupt
2 min readApr 12, 2024

Steven Johnson has over 35 years of experience studying software and AI-based tools. He told podcast host David Perell that Large Language Models and human creativity work best in harmony. Johnson explains how AI augments the creative process, by amplifying rather than replacing a writers thinking.


NotebookLM empowers writers to organize and refine their ideas through:

  • Centralized Knowledge Management: It unifies all research sources (e.g., notes, quotes, textbooks) within a single platform, making them instantly accessible for reference and exploration.
  • Adaptive Focus: Writers can easily define the scope of NotebookLM’s analysis to focus on specific sections of their research materials, allowing for in-depth exploration of topics.
  • Interactive Idea Exploration: NotebookLM enables writers to engage in a conversational analysis of their research materials. They can ask open-ended questions, request summaries, and identify surprising facts, leading to the discovery of novel connections and insights.
  • Clustering and Synthesis: By grouping related ideas and notes, writers can identify patterns and themes that emerge from their research. NotebookLM’s ability to cluster ideas facilitates the development of coherent and well-structured narratives.
  • Distillation and Summarization: The platform provides tools for quickly extracting the most important and relevant information from large volumes of research materials. Writers can easily generate summaries, create briefing documents, and identify key themes, accelerating the process of idea distillation.

Wrapping Up

I’ve been using NotebookLM religiously ever since listening to the podcast. The most amazing feature is the ability to silo the LLM to just the data you want. I ran a test using Cathy Wood’s ARK Big Ideas 2024 and The Almanac of Naval Ravikant. The results were spectacular.

I’m continuing to test. My next test will be to cluster and synthesize related topics to query for insights, followed by clustering and synthesizing completely unrelated topics.