The Financial Times has a fascinating story on computer software programs that can help you write a novel. Aspiring writers can get suggestions on plot or character names and a suggested structure to follow. If you think about it many genres do have a structure that can be followed. For instance, in a traditional romance novel, couple meets, there’s usually some kind of misunderstanding/ obstacle that gets in their way, hi jinxes and problems ensue, misunderstanding/ obstacle overcome/solved, true love realized.
However, I wonder how accurately a computer software program can replicate creativity. There’s a difference between a paint by numbers and a Monet.