Stable Diffusion Prompt for a Search Engine

Writing effective prompts is key to getting the most out of AI tools like chatbots and image generators. As these technologies continue to advance rapidly, understanding prompt engineering has become an essential skill for creatives, marketers, and anyone looking to leverage AI.

In this article, I’ll share my personal insights and useful examples for crafting prompts that help AI models understand your goals and produce relevant, high-quality outputs.

What Makes a Good Prompt?

When writing an AI prompt, clarity is key. The prompt acts as instructions for the model, so you need to be as clear, detailed and specific as possible about what you want it to generate.

Some elements that make for effective prompts:

  • Clearly state the purpose – What is the desired output? Text, image, code?
  • Provide plenty of descriptive details – Describe the content, style, tone, and other relevant attributes.
  • Give context – Background information can help the AI select relevant knowledge and respond appropriately.
  • Use formatting when appropriate – Formatting like markdown can aid comprehension.

Prompt Structure

Well-structured prompts make it easier for the AI to interpret. Here is a simple framework I like to use:

Goal: What is the task or output I want? 

Content: Detailed description of what the content should contain.

Style: How should it look visually or tonally? 

Context: Any additional useful background or guidance.

Format: Specify if any special formatting is needed.

This provides a clear, organized prompt that sets the AI up for success.

Chatbot Prompt Examples

Chatbots like Claude and are great for casual conversation and entertainment. The key is prompting the chatbot with an opening question or topic to get the conversation flowing.

Casual Conversation

Goal: Have a fun, friendly chat
Content: Discuss favorite books, movies, music, dreams for the future
Style: Casual, upbeat, personal
Context: We are new friends getting to know each other

Hi! I’m excited to chat with you. What have you been reading lately? Any good book recommendations?

Story Ideas

Goal: Brainstorm fantasy novel ideas
Content: Magic systems, character archetypes, worldbuilding
Style: Imaginative, detailed descriptions
Context: I’m an aspiring fantasy author in need of inspiration

I want to write an epic fantasy novel but I’m stuck on ideas. Can you suggest some magical systems, races, cultures, conflicts or other elements that would make an exciting fantasy world? My favorite books for inspiration are Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and The Wheel of Time series.

Image Generation Prompts

AI image generators allow us to manifest anything we can imagine. The key is crafting a highly descriptive prompt so the model can render the image accurately.

DALL-E 2 Prompt

Goal: Generate surreal digital art image
Content: A giant snail with a glowing spiral shell reading a book in a meadow at night
Style: Vibrant colors, detailed textures, dynamic composition
Context: Digital painting, trending on artstation

Generate a surreal digital painting of a giant snail with a glowing blue spiral shell reading a leatherbound book in a moonlit meadow at night. The snail has a wise expression with rainbow colored eyes. Compose with vibrant colors, rich textures, dramatic lighting, and a dynamic sense of motion trending on artstation.

Stable Diffusion Prompt

Goal: Create cartoon scene
Content: Two cats in astronaut suits floating through space with planets in background
Style: Cute cartoon art style, solid color background
Context: Illustration for children’s book

Adorable cartoon illustration of two cats wearing orange astronaut suits and round fishbowl helmets, floating happily through outer space together. They hold paws as colorful planets like Mars, Jupiter and Saturn glow behind them. Rendered in cute vector art style with solid purple background. For preschooler’s book on space travel.

Code Generation Prompts

AI coding assistants like GitHub Copilot can generate code based on your natural language prompts. The key is to be specific on the function and syntax needed.

Python Function

Goal: Scrape website data
Content: Parse HTML, extract text
Style: Python language
Context: Use Beautiful Soup library

Generate a Python function to scrape and parse website data using Beautiful Soup. The function should accept the website URL as a parameter. It should connect to the website, extract and parse the HTML content, and return the text as a string. Use appropriate syntax, error handling, and Pythonic style.

JavaScript Validation

Goal: Validate form input
Content: Check required fields filled, valid email
Style: JavaScript language
Context: Alert user on errors

Write a JavaScript function to validate form input. Check that first name, last name, and email fields are filled in. Validate that the email matches standard email format. If any validations fail, alert the user that there are form errors.

Tips for Better Prompts

Here are some additional tips for engineering effective AI prompts:

  • Use active voice – “Create an image of a robot” not “An image of a robot should be created”
  • Avoid ambiguity – Be as precise with descriptions as possible
  • Limit scope – Focus the prompt on one clear task or output
  • Proofread carefully – Fix any grammar/spelling errors that could confuse the AI

Prompt writing is an art that improves with practice! Try out different prompts and see what works best for your goals.


I hope these AI prompt examples spark some ideas for your own projects! Let me know if you have any other questions.