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Story time: Getting Out of Depression

This is an attempt at both generating a story via GPT and have Dall-E3 generate pictures fitting the theme of the story. As can be seen it didn’t create pictures with the same character and environment, and the question is if that’s possible to achieve.

The story


Write a 300 word short story about getting out of depression.


Once upon a time, in the heart of a bustling city, lived a young woman named Lily. She was a talented artist, known for her vibrant paintings that reflected her lively spirit. However, a series of unfortunate events led her into the dark abyss of depression. Her world turned monochrome, and her canvas remained untouched.

One day, as she sat in her room, she glanced at her dusty easel. She felt an urge to paint but was overwhelmed by the emptiness inside her. She picked up her brush, dipped it in black, and started to paint her feelings. The canvas was filled with dark strokes, reflecting her inner turmoil.

Days turned into weeks, and weeks into months. Lily continued to paint her feelings; each painting darker than the last. But as she painted, she noticed a change. The process of painting started to soothe her; it became therapeutic. She found herself lost in the world of colors, forgetting her sorrows for a while.

One day, she decided to paint something different. She picked up a bright yellow color, the color she used to love. She painted a sunrise, symbolizing a new beginning. As she filled the canvas with warm hues, she felt a spark of hope ignite within her.

Lily started to paint more often, each painting brighter than the last. She painted her dreams, her hopes, and her desires. She painted her journey out of depression, each stroke telling a story of resilience and courage. Her art became her therapy, her escape from the darkness.

As she stepped out of her depression, Lily realized that her darkest days had led her to discover a new depth in her art. She learned that it’s okay to feel lost, it’s okay to feel sad, and it’s okay to ask for help. She learned that even in the darkest times, there’s always a ray of hope. And most importantly, she learned that she was stronger than she ever knew.

The pictures


Create one photo-realistic picture per paragraph for this story about depression. Convey that there is hope for the afflicted. Be careful to use the same design and look for the girl throughout the pictures. Go from a dark tone to a more colorful tone as the story unfolds.


Here are the images representing the progression of Lily’s journey:

Lily walking in a bustling city, surrounded by vibrant colors, symbolizing her lively spirit. As the distance grows, her world begins to fade into monochrome, hinting at the onset of her depression.

Lily in her dimly lit room, looking at her dusty easel with longing. The room exudes a somber ambiance, but a faint ray of hope shines through the slightly opened curtains.

Inside Lily’s room, several canvases stacked against the wall depict her emotional evolution. Each painting seems darker than the last, but there’s a subtle transformation evident in the room’s atmosphere.

A beautiful morning in Lily’s room with the canvas showcasing a bright yellow sunrise, symbolizing hope and new beginnings. The hues in the room and on the canvas mirror her changing emotions and the spark of hope igniting within her.

In a brightly lit studio, Lily stands surrounded by an array of her colorful paintings. Her energetic painting activity reflects the newfound positivity in her life. The room is vibrant, echoing her dreams, hopes, and desires, and the atmosphere is filled with triumph and resilience.

Lily, now fully rejuvenated, stands by a window with a view of the lively city outside. The sunlight illuminates her and her artworks, each piece narrating a chapter of her journey out of depression. The city’s vibrancy mirrors her renewed spirit, symbolizing her emergence from the shadows and her embrace of hope and strength.

These images encapsulate the essence of Lily’s transformative journey, showcasing her resilience and the healing power of art and self-expression. I hope they resonate with the story’s message.

My notes

  • Also stating age and clothing might help with aligning the pictures, but it seems that it has a hard time making picture design consistent.
  • The initial prompt was very basic, so for future stories it’s important to make it more extensive and specific.